Crazy colourful Swallowtail Beauty Butterfly cards!

Hello, hello, hello!

Third post in as many days featuring the January release from Picket Fence Studios! I’ve gone all out for this release, with it being such a big one! Today is the last day of Creativation and it’s always a bittersweet thing when something wonderful is coming to an end. So much fun has been had, so much crafting has been done, so much laughter has been shared and so many memories made. I cannot fully describe how much I’ve enjoyed these days here, with so many like-minded people. If you ever get the chance to go, I can highly, HIGHLY recommend it!

As I’m feeling very thankful (and no doubt very knackered) I’ve made some cards to show my appreciation for my crafty friends for today’s post. There is a YouTube video too, if you are too tired to keep reading and just want to skip to the video. Fair warning, there is a lot to jibber jabbering and nonsense being spouted.

I started out by cutting out 6 panels of water colour paper, these are all 4.24″x5.5″ and I used my anti-static tool on them all as I was not only going to stamp up the Swallowtail Beauty stamp, I wanted to heat emboss it with clear embossing powder over the Black Hybrid ink as well.

Even with the help of my MISTI the imprint wasn’t very good, as the water colour paper is so textured. I used the re-inker on the ink pad, one) because it needed it and two) because I thought it might help with the coverage and then got stamping. Once I had a good coverage of the Black Hybrid ink, I went back in with an old VersaMark ink pad I use for this sort of stamping. It’s all black and dirty but it doesn’t matter as the ink underneath the clear embossing powder is black. What a way to save an ink pad, eh?? One of them I used Black Twinkle Embossing Glitter on and it ended up very shimmery!

To add LOADS of colour, I have used Ken Olivers Color Burst powders in an array of colours, but naturally, being a lover of blue, I started with a blue butterfly. It also got a bit of turquoise added to it.

One ended up a glowing yellow and emerald green.

I did two in different shades of purple, despite not being a big fan of purple. The creative mind is a maze at times, isn’t it?

The one I thought was going to go straight in the bin, ended up being one of my favourites out of the six! Shows what I know, right? While it was wet, it just looked a mess but once it dried and the colours calmed down a little, it turned out gorgeous!

The one with the Black Twinkle embossing glitter ended up being another mix of blue, turquoise and because it clearly wasn’t glittery and shimmery enough, I also added some gold watercolour paint from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Color palette to it.

After they were all dry, I trimmed the panels down just a 1/4″ around and adhered them to black card bases. I have used my favourite black card stock from Lawn Fawn, called Licorice for these. I stamped up a sentiment saying ‘I Like Your Different Colors’ in Black Hybrid ink on white card stock. These I trimmed down to slim strips before adhering to the cards. The sentiment is from Charlie The Chameleon stamp set.

Well, that’s it from me for this final day of January Release inspiration! I hope you have enjoyed these posts and videos. If you have, and want to treat yourself to a little something-something from this release, I have used compensated affiliate links in this post. These links do not cost you anything extra at all, but I get a small commission from the company directly. More importantly, it helps me build my relationship with these companies, so thank you for shopping using these links! I really appreciate it!

Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica

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I'm a crafting, coffee, chocolate and cake mad girl. Oh and doggies! Actually most animals.... My main crafting-love is card making, for sure. You can follow me here, on Instagram (@erica_cacacraft) or Facebook (CaCaCraft) for more crafty adventures!

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