Rainbow Watercolour Butterfly Thinlit Card

by Joanne James1. May 2017 11:00

Happy Monday everyone, and for those of you in the UK a Bank Holiday too! Lots happening today - first things first, I'm sharing a card for the current Fusion challenge (photo inspiration) using this week's sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches:


I loved the look of the rainbow watercolouring of the inspiration photo so thought I'd have a go at this fun technique - take a look at my finished card:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Watercolour Rainbow - I masked off the circle shape in the sketch using a round post it on a piece of retired music note paper that I had in my stash and then using my aquapainter, allowed the colours to flow and bleed into one another and away from the masked area. It really wasn't tricky; the most important thing is to not over-blend the colours so that they remain true and don't end up all brown and muddy. The paper did warp a little, but I used Fast Fuse liberally to adhere it to my mat when dry and this seemed to do the trick.

A Sparkly Butterfly - I used my Butterfly Thinlits to cut out a simple butterfly in Basic Black cardstock and brushed it liberally with clear Wink of Stella. You can see a little of the shine in the photogragh, but believe me in real life this is super sparkly and looks great against the rainbow coloured background.

Just A Note - My sentiment is from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set - it seemed appropriate with the musical background paper! I added a Pumpkin Pie enamel shape heart for an added pop of colour against the black.

So a fun card that wasn't overly difficult to create and looks so very pretty in real life.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

This is one of two posts today - you can read my second post regarding the early release of some great new Annual Catalogue product - the Eastern Palace Suite - here. 

Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


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Comments (5) -

Amy O'Neill
Amy O'NeillUnited States
5/1/2017 5:10:00 PM #

I love this!  The subtle splashes of color and the sparkly butterfly are gorgeous.   Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!


Jen Timko
Jen TimkoUnited States
5/1/2017 5:54:43 PM #

I love the color on the DSP and that sentiment is such a favorite of mine.  Pretty card!  So glad you joined us this week at FMS!


Linda Callahan
Linda CallahanUnited States
5/4/2017 12:57:07 AM #

Beautiful Joanne!


JeanneUnited States
5/10/2017 8:13:49 PM #

Gorgeous take on the challenge!  I love the watercolor background and that beautiful die cut butterfly!


Michelle Lupton
Michelle LuptonAustralia
5/11/2017 10:02:01 AM #

I love this - the music in the background, the gorgeous watercolour rainbow, and the shine on your butterfly - gorgeous! Thanks for playing along with us at Fusion card challenge Smile


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