Thursday, 30 June 2016

CC&S Double Challenge 180: Eileen's butterflies

I had lots of fun again this week making my card for CAS Colours and Sketches and it was in no small way thanks to my friend Eileen Godwin!

Eileen is very generous in sharing her time and talent with fellow crafters and made a YouTube video this last week showing a really colourful way of using Distress inks and this is my version of it. The depth of colour is not as good as Eileen's but that is what makes her a superstar and anyway I'm pretty pleased with my result. I was delighted when I saw I could combine both our sketch and colours and Eileen's tutorial into just one card! I actually made one in another colourway too but it's not quite finished so will share next time.

I inked and misted an acrylic block with Distress ink pads and stamped it onto a piece of card. Stamping in the shape of an arc as in Bev's design proved quite tricky until I hit upon the idea of making a mask from a plastic punched pocket so that I could see through it and clean it easily and it worked really well! The rain drops were stamped when the ink was dry, removing some of the colour from them with a water brush and highlighting with a white gel pen. I coloured a few spare pieces of card with the three ink pads and left them to dry thoroughly before die-cutting and punching the butterflies. These have then been stamped with a swirly stamp and highlighted as before. I love this sentiment stamp but don't use it nearly often enough and thought it fitted well here. I used a black matt, a colour I don't use much on my cards but think it works well for this technique. Finally I glued the butterflies in place along the line of the arc. Job done!

Supplies Used:
Ink Pads: Cracked Pistachio, Squeezed Lemonade & Worn Lipstick (TH Distress), Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Stamps: Water Drops & Nature Speaks (Inkylicious), Klimt Swirl Block (Tanda Stamps)
Dies: Sizzlits Butterfly #12 (Sizzix), Small Butterfly XCU220 (XCut)
Punch: Small Butterfly (XCut)
Snippets: White & black cardstock, White gel pen

Remember that you must use both Bev's colour palette and sketch together on your CC&S entry if you want to be considered as one of our weekly winners. Looking forward to seeing your interpretations.

Thanks for visiting!
Stef x


  1. Very pretty - love your take on the sketch!

  2. Looks amazing...not sure how you did it but it looks amazing!
    Louise xx

  3. Fantastic.... thank yin so much for the mention... I love this xxx

  4. Always love to see what new techniques you've come up with Stef. Love how you push your boundaries and this card is so delightfully different from the rest of the team. Hats off to you!

    1. Awww, that's such a sweet comment Jane, thank you so much, it's made my day! I must admit I do like to try out lots of techniques that are new to me!

  5. Those water drops... WOW! They look so realistic! Super job, Stef!

  6. The water drops are amazing, they look so 3 dimensional. I really like how you combined the three colours on your misted block, great idea. Liz x

  7. Like the others I am in awe of those drops of water, they are amazing. Your technique showcasing is so exciting - I always learn something from you! Caro x

  8. Amazing card Stef and those raindrops - WOW! Stunning technique and thanks for sharing. My apologies in being SO late coming by to comment, it's been one of those weeks! Hugs Bev x