Saturday, July 20, 2013

Dynamic Duos #62

Well, we've got a warm color in this weeks' go along with this warm weather in northern Illinois.  This color combo for Dynamic Duos #62 can be used so many ways.  And we've got a dessert option for you. A butterfly theme!

I went through my recently reorganized stamp binder and found a set that hasn't touched ink in a long time.  I labeled and reorganized ALL of my rubber stamps.  Now it's so much easier to find what I need.  I don't know why I waited so long to buy a Dymo label maker.  Maybe I'll include a pic of my stamp shelves at the bottom of this post.

Well, I digress.
Using the challenge colors and the dessert option, this is the card I created.

The butterfly image is heat embossed with black EP, then watercolored with Calypso Coral ink.  This is the process I used:
I squeezed the closed ink pad case, to get a bit of ink on the inside of the lid.
Using an Aqua Painter, with no water in it, I dipped the brush in a smidge of water.  Then swirled it in the     ink.  I find that I have more control over the amount of water on my brush, when I use this technique.
Now you're ready to paint.

I tried to go lighter with the ink toward the center of the butterfly and darker toward the outside edges.
I waited until the ink dried completely before adding Glossy Accents to the watercolored areas.

You'll be playing along with me and my Dynamic Duos team mates this week, won't you?  I hope so, because we love seeing what you create!

If you're interested, here is a photo of part of my "newly reorganized" stamp shelves.
I know...not too exciting.  But, what a difference it's made when I'm looking for a stamp set.  I also created a new stamp index binder.  I stamped each set onto a sheet (usually several sets on 1 sheet) of printer paper.  Noted the name of the set and where it's located.  For example: shelf 1, stack 2.
The stamping for the index and the labeling took me most of a day.  Not so much fun, but I'm so very glad I did it.
My clear photopolymer stamps sets are in bins, since they're less bulky. I'm in the process of indexing those too.
Well, if you've read all the way to through this're a loyal follower.  And I THANK YOU!  :)

Supply list:
Cardstock: calypso coral, basic black (SU), white (PTI)
Ink: calypso coral (SU), versamark and onyx black versafne (Tseukineko)
Stamps: take flight (GinaK Designs), beautiful butterflies (PTI)
Other: glossy accents (Ranger)


  1. Gorgeous card, Susie! I love your embossed butterfly with the glossy accents! So pretty!

  2. Susie wow wow wow! Your balck embossing tied in with water colouring is stunning!

  3. Susie your butterfly and the technique you used is a standout!!! Gorgeous!!
    Good for you for getting organized. I've been wanting to buy a dymo labeller too.

  4. Gorgeous butterfly on your beautiful card, Susie! Great technique that you used! And great organization with helpful tips, thank you! Take care and have a wonderful weekend, hugs!

  5. Beautiful card....and your watercoloured butterfly is spectacular! Gorgeous!
    Great job with your organization....mine is a constant battle of space-vs-rubber!

  6. That beautiful card would raise anyone's spirits :) Gorgeous!

  7. I love the layered panel - such a great way to frame the butterfly. Surely this card would go a long way to mend anyone's heart. Fabulous card, Susie.

  8. So beautiful, Susie! I love your butterfly! Your new organisation appeals to me deeply, LOL! I'd love to have my craft area a bit more organised. ;-)


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