Watercolor Butterflies

How beautiful are butterflies??  Have you ever seen one up close and personal? Did you know no two butterflies are alike.  How amazing is that!!

Today’s card is of beautiful butterflies that were created with water-coloring!!  Amazing, simply amazing I must say.  If you’ve been following me for the past 4 weeks, you know that water-coloring is my favorite and I vowed to create a card once a week.

Well here it is.  My watercolor butterflies!! I made this card to play along with Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday #166:Debossing Stamped Images.

Before I show you the card, I have to say this was the hardest card I’ve ever made.  The stamping was easy, it was the debossing that had me stuck for a while.  I just couldn’t do it like Dawn Movey showed us in her video.

She used her die to deboss instead of cutting the paper.  I kept cutting the paper instead of debossing.  So to fix my problem I turned the die upside down and debossed my butterflies like that.  I was able to create detail but not as much as Dawn did.  The inside of the wings didn’t deboss.  When I finally finish the card, I didn’t mind the look.  The watercolor really made the card for me.

What do you think?

Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

I used my Koi Watercolors #2,12, and 20 for the beautiful colors on my card. I created a swatch that you can view here.

To accomplish that look I:

1. Added the three different colors to my clear block one color at a time, mixing the colors where they meet.

2. I misted the colors with water then pressed my stamp onto the block.

3. I stamped my cardstock 3 different times, picking up more ink after every stamp.

4.  After the watercolor dried, I stamped my sentiment in Versafine ink.

5.  I turned my butterfly die upside down and debossed 3 different times.

6. I added iridescent rhinestones.

The instructions are simple but I had the hardest time doing the debossing.  I tried to make this card 5 times before I came up with the card above.  The water-coloring was fun!

Supplies used:

Canson Watercolor PaperKio WaterColorsLife is Beautiful DieLife is Beautiful Stamp SetStampin' TrimmerSnail AdhesiveBig Shot Die-Cut MachineMagnetic PlatformDiamond GemsOnyx Versafine

Please let me know what you think.



20 thoughts on “Watercolor Butterflies

  1. I love your card. The back side worked nicely and no one would be the wiser. Are you using both embossing mats? I can have mine nearly cut through but they don’t ever totally cut.
    Just a thought.
    Your water coloring was awesome!!!
    Thanks for sharing

    • Hey Susan, thank you. Embossing mats? I have the big shot are there embossing mats for that? If so, no I don’t have any. I need to look into that. Is is the same mat Dawn used?

  2. Beautiful card Kymona and I love your watercoloring…SO pretty! I was reading through your comments, and yes, you do need the rubber mats to achieve the debossing look. You can find them at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby, and with a 40% off coupon, they are very reasonable in price. You can also in a pinch, use 3 or 4 pieces of cardstock taped (or glued) together to create a non-rubber mat that will work better than no mat at all. I still think the look you achieved using the backside turned out so pretty though, so be proud of your card…it really is BEAUTIFUL! :0)

    • Thank you Marcia your comment means a lot!!! I’m heading over to Micheal’s to get the rubber mats so I can make a couple more cards. Your card is amazing and it makes me want to try harder.

  3. We have been other classes together! I have taken several Online Card Classes. I also really enjoy card making and paper of all kinds. I have not done much on wordpress for a while but this class on CreativeLive is making me want to get back into the swing of things!

    • Hello Elizabeth, so nice to met you. Online Card Classes are great. I really learn and re-learn some many techniques. Creative Live is just as awesome. I was thinking the same thing. We take all of these class and then what. Yes, you should get back in the swing of things. The more I watch this class the more I really wan to make this work.

      • I missed part of yesterday afternoon. I have sold at craft shows before, I have had a few private commissions, but I would also really like to make more of a business out of creations. All the best for you. I am sure we will see each other around.^^

      • Hey Elizabeth I missed all of today’s class. I have to watch the rebroadcast. I really want to teach people how to make cards vs selling them. I also would love to join a design team. That is my top goal. I hope this class can help me do that.

  4. I love butterflies. In fact, I am trying to make our master bathroom filled with butterflies. This card is beautiful. I love it. Thank you for writing this blog, along with sharing the supplies you used to make this. You are so creative.

    I am coming from the New Blogger group on Facebook enjoying the Blog tour. There really is too much to share from April on Creative Live. She is amazing. I enjoyed reading your blog because it is so conversational. Great job! If you want, you can check my blog out at http://www.timecapsule.com/blog. We love to receive comments and shares about our decorative Baby and Wedding Time Capsules as well.

    I learned a lot from April about ways to help our business through our blog, so my husband was very understanding that I was watching Creative Live for several hours, to help us advance our lives and business.

    Best of Luck to you,

    Marcie Norton

    • Thank you Marcie for stopping by and leaving a comment. I love butterflies too. My bedroom has beautiful butterflies on my wall.

      Yes, April’s class was awesome. I learned a lot and I still have things to do.

      I just visited your blog and its amazing. Time Capsules are so cool. I had my son while I was away at college and since my friends and I didn’t have a lot of money for my baby shower, my friends create a Time Capsules for my son. I put it away and you will not believe it but I can’t find it. I didn’t even remember I had it until my son turned 16 and one of friends asked me if I gave him the Time Capsule and a light bulb went off. So long story short, I haven’t found it yet. I need to go to my storage and look amongst all of my college stuff.

      If you don’t mind, I will pass your info over to everyone I know who is having a baby or getting married.

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