I am so ready for Spring. Flowers blooming, trees filling out with leaves, grass turning green, and butterflies. Warmer weather, gentle rains, and unfortunately – tornadoes come with the Spring season here in Oklahoma.
I must confess. I’ve been a bad girl. I made a trip to Michael’s and Hobby Lobby today. Leaving both stores with various products. Among my purchases was alcohol ink.
I’ve seen many YouTube videos on using the alcohol ink and the items turned out quite beautiful. So I grabbed a pack and came home to play with them.
I have a two-step stencil to create these butterflies in my stash of stuff. I’ve been playing with it the last couple days with my Soft Subtles Stampin’ Write Markers. On vellum they make pastel butterflies that turned out fairly good. At least after the 15th attempt at making them even resemble butterflies since I could not get a handle on proper use of the stencil. One of the things I tried was heat embossing since the marker remains wet longer on vellum than it would on standard card stock. Pretty awful results I have to say.
It took four tries with the alcohol ink to begin getting decent results. They got better each time I tried to be less heavy handed with the product. I found that less product applied to a cotton ball, since I didn’t purchase the blending tool and felt pads, was the key to getting a good application. The use of my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker brought out the real beauty of this butterfly and I was excited with the results.
A bit of Cosmo Glitter in places made these, already, beautiful butterflies more delightful. I now have color stained fingers and nails, something I belatedly found out, and five absolutely beautiful butterflies. These are now posted for sale in my Etsy shop. All five butterflies are sold together in one set.
I may be in hot water with Stampin’ Up! but I’m immensely thrilled with these results.