February 13, 2015

Blue Butterflies Card

I made this card for another Papertrey Ink challenge, to create a blue ombre effect.  For this card I tried something I've wanted to do for a while, make stamps out of die cuts.  I cut the four butterflies from the Beautiful Butterflies die collection out of craft foam.  Because the foam was thin, I decided to ink it up on my desk with some scrap paper underneath and use my fingers to apply the stamps rather than put them on a stamp block, which would likely have transferred ink from the edges onto my card.

Before I stamped the butterflies though, I inked my sentiment, from the Daydreamer stamp set, using white pigment ink and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder.

I used 4 shades of blue dye ink, starting with the lightest at the bottom.  To make the sentiment stand out a bit more I wiped a tiny bit of ink on a make up sponge over that part of the paper.

The foam stamps performed beautifully, making great impressions.  Indeed, the foam held the ink much better than I expected.

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