Thursday, 19 February 2015

Die-cut butterfly on watercoloured texture paste background


First things first: when using these fabulously intricate butterfly dies, always sandwich a piece of wax paper (or greaseproof if you can't find it) between your die and cardstock. It will make a world of difference when it comes to popping out the shape! You may or may not be able to see that I inked the edges of the butterfly slightly with the Silver Encore ink pad, to pick up the vague hint of silver on the background. 

For this project I was having a play with texture paste, in readiness for my upcoming All-Day Craftathon (now fully booked). We’re not taking on anything this complicated but it was fun having a go. I used the stencil from the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit (p2013 of the main catty). Here’s how to get the same effect:
  • Create your own texture paste using 1 part cheap white glue, 1 part cheap white paint, 2 parts cornflour.
  • Make a spreader from a piece of thick cardstock or chipboard and stencil the paste onto your cardstock (watercolour paper would have been better than Whisper White but it worked ok)
  • Allow to dry thoroughly.
  • Using a lot of water and the ink from the lids of your ink pads, paint a graduated background, allowing the colours to spread into each other. I went slightly darker around the edges but didn't worry too much about a pattern. 
  • Allow to dry thoroughly and then lightly brush with Silver Encore ink pad
  • Finally, it's ready to use as your card background. 


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