Friday, 24 April 2015

Blue Butterflies




I may have gone a little crazy with my new Gansai watercolours and this tiny butterfly die (MFT). I was playing around with this week's Muse inspiration and ended up making 4 cards. These three are 'rejects' - I'm happy with them, but I'm not going to use them as my Muse entry - that will be here tomorrow.

I watercoloured two blocks of colour - the first one (for the first card) was quite muted. I cut a square and then the butterfly from it, for a negative image. I coated the square in Stardust Stickles and finished the card with an Avery Elle sentiment stamped in Pacific Point.

I made the second and third cards using one piece of blended watercolouring that had more contrast and went from yellow through green to blue. For the second card (inspired by this card by Tracey), I used the positive butterflies, edged with my gold Zig Painty pen, and one of my favourite old Inkadinkado sentiments, embossed in gold.

Finally, for my third card I used some of the negatives left over to create a panel of 3 butterflies. I finished with a simple (unknown) thank you in charcoal for a more casual feeling.

ETA: Despite the fact that there are no Uniko products used here, Sandie and Beverly have encouraged me to link up at Uniko's Things with Wings challenge, so I have. Thank you, ladies!

15 comments:

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Ardyth you get A*s from me every week for your amazing and inspirational muse takes. These have all got the wow factor. Love them all. X

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sandie said...

Stunning and bold with a hint of softness from the blue. Now for my fav, has to be number 1, Love the use of the negative die. Would be great for the 'things with wings' challenge at Uniko, would be great to see you there x

Lynn said...

Love your trio of cards Ardyth! The gold edges on the second one are fabulous.

I Card Everyone said...

Fantastic!!! Cannot wait to see the next one!
=] Michele

Brenda said...

Wow all three cards are just beautiful Ardyth! I love your watercoloring. Can't wait to see your challenge card. Hugs, Brenda

Pam said...

Love these, Ardyth. If these are "rejects", I can't wait to see what made the cut. All three are gorgeous.

Jen W. said...

So much ombre, butterfly gorgeousness! Love the touches of gold on the edges of the butterflies on the second card.

sandie said...

So pleased you linked up to UNiko, great to see you here x

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Can't believe that these are rejects, Ardyth, they are so beautiful. The blue panel is super and the butterflies with a hint of gold are gorgeous.

It'll be so interesting to see your choice for the Muse.

Love and hugs
Maarit

honeybeelane said...

These are absolutely gorgeous. I really like all of them the soft blues are so very pretty!

Darnell J Knauss said...

These three cards using rejects are among my most favorite Ardy cards!! I'm so glad you gave them a second look because they are stars on these cards!! Enjoy the weekend!! Hugs, Darnell

Geri said...

"Rejects"....you're kidding...right? I'd be jumping for joy and clicking my heels if I could create ummm...rejects like this! All three are awesome, but the middle one is my fav - love the simple, bold pop of gold between the winged pretties!

Beverley said...

A trio of HAPPY butterfly cards. Just love your style Ardyth :) Thanks so much for joining in on the Uniko Studio Challenge. Hugs Bev x

Anita in France said...

Simply lovely, Ardyth ... gorgeous colours and beautifully crisp and soft at the same time (if that's possible!). Bisous, Anita :)