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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Swallowtail Multi-Color Technique

Hi there, friends! I'm so excited to share today's card with you. But first, Jaydee has a wonderful Clean-and-Simple sketch challenge for us over at The Paper Players:
Such a great sketch with all kinds of possibilities.  While at Stampin' Up's Leadership Conference last weekend, we saw a demonstration using multiple ink pads to color the gorgeous Swallowtail stamp from the Spring Catalog.  I was so inspired to try it myself:
I turned the stamp rubber side up and applied ink directly with the ink pad, tilting the ink pad and brushing it on in sections like a paintbrush.  Starting in the middle and working outward I used Elegant Eggplant, Summer Starfruit and Baja Breeze.
Because I wanted the butterfly to float off the edge of the card base and show more of the beautiful stamp, I stamped it again on the Summer Starfruit base using the stamp-a-ma-jig to line it up with the previous stamped image.  I also spritzed a little Soft Suede marker across the card front.
On the inside, I used Baja Breeze and Summer Starfruit only to ink the butterfly, stamped off once and then onto the Whisper White cardstock.  A sentiment from Blooming with Kindness was added to bring in my third color--Elegant Eggplant.

With the large Swallowtail stamp, I've shown you just one way to interpret Jaydee's clean-and-simple sketch.  Check out the rest of the Design Team for even more gorgeous inspiration.  I hope you'll come back to The Paper Players and show us  your creation before this challenge closes on Friday, January 25th at Noon (PST).  Thanks for stopping by today!

The Paper Players Design Team
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Stamps: Swallowtail; Blooming with Kindness; Sweet Essentials 
Ink: Summer Starfruit, Elegant Eggplant, Baja Breeze 
Paper: Summer Starfruit, Whisper White CS 
Xtras: Color Spritzer; Soft Suede marker; Dazzling Diamonds; glue pen

25 comments:

stampwithsandy said...

Wow, Nance, what a beautiful card, inside and out! Love how you inked the butterfly and how it floats off the page.

Brian King said...

Love it, Nance! That critter scared me at first, but I'm really taking a liking to him now. Love what you did with it.

Rita said...

Gorgeous, Nance! The outside is beautiful and it's finished perfectly on the inside. I love that technique, but how do you not contaminate your other pads if you are starting dark in the middle? Maybe I'm just a bad "painter" and it's not that hard? lol

Linda Callahan said...

Gaspingly gorgeous! And I love the softer image repeated on the inside!

Nancy said...

Beautiful butterfly, not scary at all as some have thought. Love the simplicity of the card front, the added bonus inside and the colors.
Luv,
Mom

Diane - oliverdi@att.net said...

Nance this is gorgeous. Love the multi colored image and the softness of the entire card. I didn't even want this stamp which appeared to be huge, but the samples I've seen are just Beautiful. hugs.

Patti said...

Elegant card. Great technique and perfect on this stamp.

Robyn Oliver said...

Beautiful!!

Amy O said...

What a beautiful card, Nance! I love the shading on the butterfly. You're making me regret not putting that stamp on my last order. :)

jkcards said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the Swallowtail. The color technique is amazing!

Mary said...

That butterfly is GORGEOUS!!!

Lucille K said...

Beautiful card, Nance. Love the colors of the butterfly and the outside/inside of this card is perfect :)

LeAnne said...

Gorgeous! That huge image is a bit intimidating to me, but wow, you really nailed this! A perfect image for this sketch, too....and that multi-colored look is incredible!

Dawn Tidd said...

Absolutely stunning! Love your color choices too.

Stephanie said...

What an utterly amazing technique! Thank you so much for sharing. Your card is stunning with the colors you chose to use!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Stop it! This stood out ten feet! OMG, Nance, you are certainly an excellent student with this technique! This is sublime and stamping just the tip again on the card stock? INspired!!! Wowza!!

Ann Schach said...

Absolutely beautiful, Nance! I love the blend of colors and the touch of spritzing! Clean and classy!

Stephanie said...

Such an exquisite image with the bands of color across the butterfly. Lovely card! Thank you for sharing the technique as well.

Andrea said...

Very pretty! The size of this stamp was overwhelming when I first saw it in the catalog but I LOVE how you've used it. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

Margaret said...

I am in agreement with so many others that were intimidated by this stamp, but you have used it beautifully and I love the tricolor effect!

Jaydee said...

Nance, I totally bypassed this stamp because of the size. You really showed how beautiful it can be and I love that you replicated it on the inside, too. Fabulous use of the sketch.
Hugs
Jaydee

Katie said...

Nancy, this card is stunning. Love the effect of the swiped ink pads and the placement of your butterfly. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving some love!

Bonnie said...

This stamp hadn't appealed to me until now! You have picked perfect colors and shown it off so beautifully! Love how you've done the inside too!

Cassie said...

I saw this on Pinterest and had to come over and say that it is one of the best uses of this stamp I've seen!

Bev Gomez said...

OMG Nance, Yessiree I have to order that big stamp too. You pushed me over the top with the beauty of your card. How did you not muck up your ink pad though? Just wondering. Love your card. Hugs, Bev