Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dragonflies, Butterflies, and Bees Oh My!

Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the older images at Squigglefly yesterday. I think the design team did a wonderful job showing off the images! I have a fun post for you today with lots of pictures and a tutorial!

I like using acetate when making cards because it's something a little different and can take a simple image to whole new level. Using acetate with digital images is so much easier than rubber stamping on acetate! The printer will print your image on the acetate perfectly every time. I can't tell you how many times I've stamped on acetate and had to do it over two or more times because the stamp slips on the surface! If you've never tried using your digital images on acetate, I really encourage you to give it a try! Every one of my projects today uses acetate.

The acetate I used is a brand called Apollo. You can use any brand that is made to go through a printer. Most acetates made for printers have a smooth side and a side with a little bit of "tooth" to it. The ink is printed on to the "toothy" side, and this is also the side I colored on.

My first project goes back to an image I've loved since it was first released at Squigglefly. It's called Zen Dragonfly and is drawn by Angie Davis. I've used it several times before, but I've always had in mind to use it in this way

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I printed the image and then colored with Copic markers. I then applied some white glue all over the back of the acetate and pressed it to a piece of hand made paper. The paper I used is very light and full of holes so it's got a lot of texture to it that shows through the acetate. I then cut a piece of white card stock to fit my image panel and applied some chalk - a little yellow, pink, and blue. The color shows through the white to give a hint of color to the finished project.

The sentiment I used is from Stampin' Up! Sincere Salutations set. The designer paper is from DCWV Far East pack, and I applied a little bit of brown puffy paint to the cattail. I did this on the front of the card so it could puff up.

Now, how about some butterflies?

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Aren't they pretty? You should see them in real life! The light shines through them and they look like stained glass! These are super easy to make! I printed out a sheet of Nina Brackett's butterfly from the Fancy Flowers set and then just applied white glue to the back and stuck on some pretty dyed tissue paper. The tissue paper I used is hand dyed with different inks and bits of metallic copper, gold, and silver. I bought them a long time ago from a company called Enchanted Ink. Unfortunately Enchanted Ink is no longer in business and I really miss getting these papers from them. You could always make your own though with the spray mists and re-inkers. Messy fun!

Once the glue is dry, just cut out the butterflies and make some antennas out of wire. I glued the wire to the back of the butterfly's body and stuck magnets on mine. You can put them on pins or on cards too.

My last project is one that I used to do a long time ago only back then it was a lot more time consuming! Back then we didn't have digital images or Quickie Glue pens, so these kinds of cards weren't made often. They pack a big punch though, and when you see how easy it is now I'm sure you'll be making a ton!

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This is another wonderful image drawn by Angie Davis called Stained Glass Bee. There is no coloring on this image - all the coloring is done with glitter! Beautiful - no? Well, I made a video to show you how I did it! If you can't see the video from my blog, you can view it at Youtube by clicking HERE.

Before you go, I wanted to let you all know that Stef is going to take a break from doing the color challenge on the card universe group, and I'll be taking over for a while! I plan on doing different challenges every two weeks - not just color challenges. I will be posting my first challenge tomorrow, so I hope you will come and join in!

Enjoy the video, and thanks for coming to visit me today!


Catherine said...

Hello Holly ! Your cards are beautiful and your butterflies are gorgeous ! Thank you for the tutorial ! Hugs and smiles from Catherine

Vicki said...

Wow, Holly thanks for the tutorial video! Your card is very pretty, love the paper you used and the glitter idea is great too. The first card is breathtaking! I love that image as well. Have a great day today.


Becky said...

You sure have been busy.. the Zen Dragonfly is gorgeous and these butterflies are awesome, And what an interesting technique on the stained glass bee, I must try this one, it is gorgeous.

msfreida said...

I can't believe you did this to ME!!! I have sooo much to do, and here you go getting all creative on me to where all I want to do is try these techniques! These look AMAZING! OMGoodness...look at that Zen Dragonfly...SOOO STUNNING...and distressing that panel really brings out the textures in the papers! AND Nina's butterfly is the MOST GORGEOUS butterfly I've ever seen with this FABULOUS technique! HOLY COW! AND the Stained Glass Bee looks SOOO GORGEOUS with all the glitter and that fabulous paper behind it! You've just outdone yourself, GF! Thanks for the FABULOUS video...I swear I'm gonna sneak upstairs and play for a bit! I NEED my fix and you are definitely the enabler! :) YOU ROCK, MS YOUNG! :)


Carole RB said...

Hi Holly
Amazing card and butterflies. Thank you so much for the tutorial.
Have a nice day!

Marlene said...

Your creations are so unique! Love them!

Joan said...

All of these insects are stunning. I love the dragonflies - they're so simple and elegant and the butterflies you created - speechless!!!!!!!

Linda L said...

Wow Holly thanks for the video. Those are the prettiest butterflies!

Kristie said...

Your cards & butterfly are all just gorgeous! Your work is fabulous, Holly!

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [22 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

The Brat said...

RE: My last project is one that I used to do a long time ago only back then it was a lot more time consuming! Back then we didn't have digital images or Quickie Glue pens, so these kinds of cards weren't made often.

No wonder you are SO smart Holly! You've been around since the "olden days"! Bwahhahahahaha!

Thanks for the great tutorials. You do take the fear of the unknown out of things and make them look so easy!

Beautiful acetate creations today. I'll say goodbye now before this starts to look like my blog...

Dawn B. said...

This is one of the first techniques I learned..Seems like forever ago.. I love this. Your butterfly is gorgeous.. So realistic looking.. Great job Holly.

Betty aka ZacksNana said...

Girl! You do some gorgeous stuff AND you have fun doing it!
T%dles Peeps!
Betty aka ZacksNana

Maria Matter said...

you are wicked talented Holly! love your videos!!!

blessings, Maria