Butterfly Background – Crafty Meraki

Hi crafty friends! Today I am showcasing the Fluttering Feathers background stamp with a new (to me) product that was an inky mess, but so much fun! I used color burst powders for the first time. Color burst powders are highly pigmented, watercolor powder that “bursts” with color once spritzed with water. I played with several color combos and made dozens of backgrounds to use for future projects. My fingers are still slightly blue from all the pigment!

To create my card, I trimmed an A2-sized piece of mixed media paper and set it aside. Laying the background stamp flat on my glass media mat, I randomly sprinkled blue and purple color burst powder over the stamp. I then sprayed the stamp several times with water. I carefully laid the mixed media paper on top of the stamp and applied gentle, even pressure all over the stamp to ensure a good impression. After the pigment soaked into the paper, I carefully lifted the panel to reveal the colorful impression. Every background I made was a little different so this technique makes for beautiful, custom cards. Pro tip: A little powder goes a long way and too much water may compromise your impression, so be careful when adding both elements.

After my panel dried, I added additional color to the white spaces by lightly ink blending Pucker Up and Flirty Fuchsia dye ink from Catherine Pooler with the Catherine Pooler blending brushes. I was careful not to overlap the pigment powder as it easily reactivated with any moisture. After ink blending, I splattered silver, metallic watercolor all over the panel. Lastly, I trimmed the panel down to 5 in x 3.75 in and backed it with fun foam for dimension.

To add my sentiment, I decided to split the panel in half and add the sentiment in-between. I heat embossed my sentiment in black on silver, glitter paper and adhered it between my split background on an A2 card base. To finish the card, I cut thin strips of cardstock that I colored with the same ink I blended on the panel and glued them to either side of the sentiment on the raised background. On top of that, I cut and adhered thin scraps of paper leftover from the background. I hope you liked my take on a colorful, mixed media-inspired card. Thanks for your all your love and support. This is my last Crafty Meraki blog post. But please keep following along for lots of other fun projects and collaborations. Have a great day!

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