emerging butterflies

priceless-emerg-color-diane-zechman.jpgRecently I’ve been trying a few older techniques again that I haven’t done for a few years.  It has been fun and brings back a lot of fond memories of stamping with a friend. 

Yesterday I was working with the Emerging Color technique and I decided to take a few pics as I was making my card.  If you haven’t tried this technique before, I hope this quick little tutorial will help.  It really is a fun one to try! 

Here’s the card I made.  I had a hard time photographing this to get the purple right and yet show the rich, dark brown.  It looks much better IRL…the purple is much lighter and it’s a nice, dark brown. 

First I started with a piece of white cardstock.  I chose 3 medium to light colors of dye-based ink and 3 small images from the SU! Priceless stamp set.  The colors used here are So Saffron, Cameo Coral and Lavendar Lace.  Stamp your images close together and you may overlap them a bit.  When I finished stamping my background, it looked like this:

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Next I used the butterfly image and stamped it several times over the background with Versamark ink.  Since this is a clear ink, you just need to be careful that you don’t stamp in the same spot twice.  Lift it up toward the light occasionally if you need to check your placement.  After you are finished stamping the butterflies, heat emboss them with a clear embossing powder.

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When you are finished embossing, use a rubber brayer and a dark color of dye-based ink to cover the entire piece.  Here I used Chocolate Chip ink.

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The images will look slightly “muddied” at this point.  Using a tissue or soft cloth, buff over the embossed images to remove the excess ink.  You can see in this photo how the brown looks on my card IRL.

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That’s it!  Just mount it to your cardfront and finish your card. 

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stamps- SU! Priceless and Best Yet; paper- Choc. Chip, Saffron, Whisper White, Cameo Coral; ink- Saffron, Cameo, Lav. Lace, Choc. Chip, Versamark; accessories- clear embossing powder, heat tool, brayer, paper piercer, photo corner punch, Priceless brass template, gel pen, Stickles.

   

9 responses to “emerging butterflies

  1. Very pretty, and its amazing how it looks in the end…..loving it!

  2. I’ve never seen this techinque before, it’s really creative.
    I enjoy your blog and artwork. Have a great weekend!
    Maryellen

  3. Well, that is just darn cute! Makes me wish I had those tools to make on of my own!

  4. ummm, that should read “one” of my own….Bwahahahahaha!

  5. Great idea! I’ve used glossy paper and the brayer, but I don’t think I ever used it this way.

  6. Interesting technique. . .so in the end you are actually covering up the background except for the area where you use the versamark. It looks cool!

  7. Diane I love this technique on the patterned paper. This is so sweet!

  8. WOW, I had never heard of this technique, and am definitely going to have to try it. I am without a brayer, so am going to have to use a sponge, but hopefully it comes out with a similar look! TFS.

  9. Loved your tutorial. I bought a brayer ages ago and haven’t used it yet. This will be a chance to introduce it to some ink. TFS.

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