Monday, 18 January 2016

Inky butterfly

I've gone a bit arty today. Usually when I try this it goes very wrong and finds it's way to the bin. 

I started with an inked paper that I had saved from a previous session. 

I had coloured the paper with ink mat and water and brayer, I think. Probably by laying the paper on the inking mat on top of the ink. 
I trimmed it and stamped the butterfly. It was too central so I trimmed more from the bottom and left to make it slightly off centre.
This is where it could all have gone very wrong:
I stamped some flowers and the script in Sunshine and the sentiment in Espresso. 
I coloured the butterfly by painting with ink, a sort of green colour but then didn't like it much. So I got a tiny amount of bleach slightly watered down and painted out the colour. I also bleached the flowers which gives an interesting effect. Mounted on orange to finish and highlight the colours.
The butterfly is now a faintly purplely brown colour which I rather like.  I've never tried the bleaching effect before so I'm glad I remembered and had a go. 
I see so many ideas but often forget them.  
I'm entering this into the current Butterfly challenge - I is for Inks. I love getting inky so don't need much encouragement.


  1. Your bleached effect is lovely. don't know if I'm brave enough to try my hand with this technique. Needs a very steady hand! I love the colours on your card. Thankyou for fluttering by my inky challenge. Hugs Mrs A.

  2. Love that bleach technique, worked so well on your card. Gorgeous colours and such a pretty card.

  3. Hi Alison, I think your card is absolutely beautiful. Your background looks super. I like the bleaching very much. It's something I'd forgotten about too. I think the butterfly looks a great colour too. A really lovely card. Barbxx

  4. It turned out just beautiful! I love the effect with the bleach, especially on the flowers in the background. Really brings them out. Very artsy!

  5. WOW . . . LOVE the look of this very pretty inky card. Great job on the bleaching to get the effect you wanted too.

    Thanks for visiting.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  6. A beautiful mixed media card, Alison!


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