Saturday, July 13, 2019

Rescued mono print and butterfly birthday card

Today is the first day for the Linky Party for The Pittmans. 
Polka Dot Orchard encouraged us to link up new floral projects.
I made this birthday card. 

I thought I would show some photos showing the progression of this card.
 Only black and white cardstock used to make this card. 
with my gel plate.
I meant to take a photo of just the mono print, but when I finished the project, I realized that I must have missed it.  But you can get the idea looking at this first photo. I did two layers of printing I did the Evolution stencil first with greens, blue, white and black.  The second layer of printing I used yellow pink coral and lime green with the Happy Flowers stencil. I almost threw this print away because I wished that the flowers had come out better. But I decided to see if I could salvage it. I decided to stamp some flowers on it. I was thinking that the peachy coral flowers from the stencil would look like flowers further in the garden. I stamped STAMPlorations  Blooming Buds  I painted a thin layer of white acrylic paint on the flowers to give me a "new canvas" to water color on.

I used a retired STAMPlorations set called Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds. I masked the flowers and stamped the black polka dots and music notes at the top.

 My garden of course needed a butterfly I stamped STAMPlorations Blossom like a Butterfly stamp.
One of the butterflies that I stamped didn't come out very clearly. Since images like that usually get thrown away, I decided that was the one that would use. I wanted to "rescue" it.

 After I water colored it. I outlined with a black ink pen. You can see the difference it makes in this photo.

 I used a white gel pen to add the dots and highlights.  Then I cut the butterfly out, shaped it and gave it a new set of antennae with a super thin piece of black cardstock folded in half.
 Outlined with black ink pen.
 I stamped the scripture and added the butterfly. The card is an easel card with the "Happy Birthday" sentiment on the opened part. I punched out several circles with a circle punch. I layered them to make the "stopper" for the easel.

I hope you have been inspired by my project.

Petals for the Pittman's Fundraiser Linky Party is HERE.

I am also linking this to the STAMPlorations World Water Color Month Linky Party: HERE



  1. Oh my! This is amazing. I love it!

  2. This is such a beautiful easel card design with those pretty flowers against that background. I love the butterfly too.

  3. Wow, stunning! New horizons here, thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Gorgeous and I loved seeing your process! Genius to add the white paint so you could paint the flowers!! Love it... this is something I will remember to use in the future... and love every detail of this beautiful creation!

  5. What a wonderful pair of 'saves' MariLynn - and I love the final result. Thanks for sharing the progression photos and details

  6. Beautiful card--great salvage job! tfs