Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Butterfly hand-stamped wreath and dry erase board

I love butterflies!  We released live butterflies at our wedding and they are kind of like a family logo for us.  Most things in nature delight me.  Creating a fun Butterfly wreath and matching dry-erase board is easy and stunning with our Swallowtail stamp and this cool hand-stamped stained-glass technique.  These were created for the Best Selling Author, Brenda Novak's Diabetes Auction. Who knew that butterflies could fight diabetes??
Create this hand-stamped wreath with:
Swallowtail background stamp (wood 131943/clear 129216)
Vellum card stock (101856)
Aqua Painters (103954)
In-Color 2012-14 card stock (retired)
In-Color 2012-14 ink pads (retired)
Gumball Green In-Color 2012-14 ribbon (retired)
Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper (retired)
Versa Mark ink pad (102283)
Embossing Buddy (103083)
Black Embossing powder (109133)
Heat Tool (129053)
Butterfly Bigz Die (retired)
Spiral Flower Die (129379)
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439)
 
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This is how you do hand-stamped, mock stained-glass.  The secret to a better embossed image is to always prep the surface with the Embossing Buddy. 
 
~ Prep the surface of the Vellum card stock with the Embossing Buddy by rubbing the EB over the surface of the Vellum.
~  Stamp the image (here the Swallowtail background stamp) with Versa Mark ink on the Vellum card stock.
~ Liberally cover with embossing powder (here the Black Embossing Powder)
~  Shake off the excess that the Versa Mark does not hold.
~  Heat set with the Heat Tool until completely shiny.  The secret to using the Heat Tool is to hold it at a 45* angle and do not move the Heat Tool until the Embossing Powder sets/turns shiny.  Move slowly across the surface of the image until the image is set as you go.  It is not a hair dryer.  It needs even heat to set properly.
~ Using the Aqua Pen in the ink pad (squish the ink pad while closed and open - you will have a collection of ink to use in water coloring).
Here the Gumball Green satin stitched ribbon (retired, sigh) is a bold and beautiful green that comes right from nature!  Wrap the ribbon around this wire wreath (I grabbed some on-sale through Amazon and have seen similar ones at the Dollar store).  Using the Hot Glue gun to secure the ribbon to the wire.  This will give a strong surface to adhere the Spiral Flower Die roses and the hand-stamped, stained-glass butterflies.
 
Using the rich In-Color 2012-14 retired card stock to create coordinating roses.  These Spiral Flower Roses are stunning and easy to create.  Using the Butterfly Die to create blank butterflies and adhere as 'filler' where there may be "open space".
 Hot Glue the Butterflies and colorful roses to the ribbon covered wire wreath.  This will deliver a colorful greeting to all who see it.  (Keep a wreath like this inside - the paper could be ruined by the elements.)
Creating a coordinating dry erase board is a great way to give a deluxe gift.  Frame it in a frame of your choice and you have a stunning, coordinating dry erase board that will delight!  Adding a Spiral Flower Rose in the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper is a pretty 3D accent.  Hot glue is a wonder, isn't it??
Here with the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper as a base, prep, stamp and emboss the butterfly.  Using the Aqua Pen to color it in. 
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Butterflies are sure to delight as they are delicate while being strong, change to adapt and grow, colorful and light as a breeze.  The winner of the Brenda Novak Diabetes Auction took home this delightful collection of cards with the hand-stamped, stained-glass butterfly and rose wreath and the coordinating dry-erase board.  I love that paper-crafting and butterflies could help fight Diabetes!!
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