Video tutorial - watercoloured butterfly handmade card by Debby Hughes. Find out more here: http://limedoodledesign.com/2018/06/video-watercoloured-butterfly/

I have a monthly video feature, Doodling With Debby, on the Simon Says Stamp blog and I’m sharing here too in case you missed it. Today’s card features a clean and simple, watercoloured butterfly on a delicate white heat embossed background. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used.

VIDEO

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Video tutorial - watercoloured butterfly handmade card by Debby Hughes. Find out more here: http://limedoodledesign.com/2018/06/video-watercoloured-butterfly/

For this card, I used the Beautiful Day set from Simon Says Stamp which has a lovely array of butterflies to choose from. I decided on the large butterfly from the set as I liked the detail of the lower wings. I placed the butterfly in the Mini Misti with a piece of Arches Cold Pressed watercolour card and stamped the image a couple of times with Antique Linen Distress Ink – my go-to ink for no line watercolouring. I stamped the image sufficiently so I had a guideline to paint but the ink is light in colour, and it’s water reactive properties mean that as I start to paint the lines blended out and disappeared.

Video tutorial - watercoloured butterfly handmade card by Debby Hughes. Find out more here: http://limedoodledesign.com/2018/06/video-watercoloured-butterfly/

My aim with the first layer of paint was to create a light but colourful base to add darker edge details later on. I used Daniel Smith Phthalo Blue Green Shade which is a lovely bright blue and then added in just the faintest hint of Daniel Smith Quinacridone Rose for some pink highlights. For the darker edges to the butterfly wings, I used Daniel Smith Indigo and mixed a strong enough concentration of paint so that it covered the underlayer but so that some of the original tones still shone through. That’s one of the features of watercolour I love, that when adding more layers, the transparency of the paint allows the lower layers to still play an active part.

I used the lines left from stamping to determine the pattern that I painted with the darker Indigo colour although I did use some artistic licence here and there. The original butterfly image had a more graphic feel to it, and I wanted to soften it somewhat for a more elegant look. That’s the great thing about no line watercolouring, the original artwork is a guideline and base for painting, but you don’t have to stick to it rigidly.

For the body of the butterfly, I used Payne’s Gray and dropped in a little Phthalo Blue Green Shade while it was still wet for colour variation. I then mixed up a thick concentration of White Gouache and added details to the body. Gouache is an opaque watercolour paint, and so even though I’m using white, this will still show up on the darker colour of the body. I die cut the piece with a Nested Circle die and then set aside while I worked on the background.

Video tutorial - watercoloured butterfly handmade card by Debby Hughes. Find out more here: http://limedoodledesign.com/2018/06/video-watercoloured-butterfly/

I used the stunning Bohemian Lace cling background stamp on a piece Fog card as I thought the subtle, elegant pattern would complement the butterfly. I stamped it in Clear Embossing Ink and then sprinkled with White Embossing Powder before heat setting and trimming slightly to fit a 5-inch square card base. I adhered the butterfly circle on top with foam adhesive.

For the sentiment, I painted a strip of card with Quinacridone Rose and then stamped a coordinating sentiment from the Beautiful Day set in Clear Embossing Ink and White Heat Embossed before trimming to a skinny banner and adhering over the butterfly with more foam adhesive. Finally, I added a trio of Sweet 16 and Crystal Reflections sequins to accent.

SUPPLIES

You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or shop icon to get taken directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read my affiliate and product disclosure here. I genuinely appreciate your support.

SSS BEAUTIFUL DAY
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SSS BOHEMIAN LACE Background
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Simon Says Stamp NESTED CIRCLES Wafer…
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Daniel Smith PHTHALO BLUE GREEN SHADE…
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Daniel Smith QUINACRIDONE ROSE 5ML…
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Daniel Smith INDIGO
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Winsor Newton PERMANENT WHITE 14ml…
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Arches COLD PRESSED WATERCOLOR PAD…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# FOG…
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Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp EMBOSSING POWDER…
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Simon Says Stamp Sequins CRYSTAL…
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Simon Says Stamp SWEET 16 Sequins
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Tonic DELUXE ADHESIVE Nuvo Glue 200N
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MINI MISTI
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MISTI MINI MOUSE PAD INSERT 000199
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MAGNETIC BLOCK FOR MISTI
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Tonic Studios 6 x 12 INCH GUILLOTINE
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3M DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE
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Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring Board
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SSS SMALL TEFLON BONE FOLDER
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun
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Ranger ANTI-STATIC POUCH ink62332
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Simon Says Stamp EMBOSSING STORAGE…
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Spellbinders PLATINUM 6 Die Cutting…
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Video tutorial - watercoloured butterfly handmade card by Debby Hughes. Find out more here: http://limedoodledesign.com/2018/06/video-watercoloured-butterfly/

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