Thursday, September 10, 2020

Inky Blue Blue Blueeee Butterflies

 A craft session isn't a craft session unless you leave with ink all over your hands and it looks like you have bruised your arm because stain has dyed your skin permanently blue, right? 

...just me? 

Vintage Hero Arts Butterfly Stamped and colored with Color Burst Powders

I love working with Color Burst powders, but unless you have a very gentle touch things can get messy quite fast. Warning from me to you: Do not squeeze the bottle EVER. Just a light side tap will do. 

Blueprint Sketch Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Through Stencil

I wanted to see how Distress Oxides would react with Color Burst powders, so I began by sponging some through a very well-loved, painted up stencil (STAMPlorations Dots All Over Stencil). 

Brutus Monroe Color Burst Powders through STAMPlorations stained glass stencil

Next, I firmly laid down another stencil (STAMPlorations Broken Glass) and painted it lightly with water, then added some powder to the water, then spritzed lightly with water again and spread with my paintbrush. 

I actually love the way the Distress Oxides come through. It's not quite the reaction I thought would happen (I expected slightly gray and chalky) but it's beautiful nonetheless. 

Vintage Hero Arts Butterfly painted with Ken Oliver Color Burst Powders

Sometimes my vintage stamps don't get enough love, as is the case with this beautiful butterfly, which is definitely one of my favorite stamps. I inherited it from my grandma's stamp collection when she passed away about 5 years ago. I ?think? it's vintage Hero Arts, but if anyone recognizes it, please let me know. 

Anyhow I stamped and colored a bunch of these, so you can see what some of the other Color Burst powders look like. 

Stamped Handmade Card with Blue Butterfly colored with Brutus Monroe Color Burst Powders

After I fussy cut the butterflies (seriously I need one of those auto cutout machines) I layered with some black and white paper, as well as some vintage lace, also courtesy of my grandma's stash. I finished it off with a Tim Holtz sticker sentiment. 

I'm playing along in these challenges: 
Get Creative Challenges: Black and One other Color
Crafty Cardmakers: Things with Wings
Simon Says Stamp: Use your Favorite Stamp

Et voila! Thanks for stopping by! Leave me a comment and I'll make sure to return the favor. 


  1. Ooh this is gorgeous! Love the butterfly and the fabulous blue tones. Thank you for playing along at Creative Inspirations, good luck.
    Gina xx

  2. I like not only the broken china ink you used, but the look of broken china in the background! This is wonderful Becca!

  3. Very pretty card, love how you created that background, that blue is stunning. Thanks for joining us at Get Creative Challenges this month. Tristan DT.

  4. Oh Becca this is stunning - love that background, and your butterflies are so gorgeous in those rich colours!
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