Friday, 22 January 2016

Butterflies for JAI #295

Hello and welcome! In Melbourne we are famous for our "four seasons in one day" as the song goes...but currently we are having a series of warm and humid days - not what we are used to at all! And apparently we also have a snake epidemic.. and as some of you know I am really, really scared of snakes!! Yikes - maybe it is time to move?!

A big thank you to all of you who visited during the Blog Hop at Just Add Ink last week and left comments too  - so very appreciated!! This week we have a brand new challenge for you from Tina who has suggested this fun sketch for us all to use. The Design Team have created a fabulous array of cards to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and have a look.

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

This is my first try at a watercolour wash using a Zig marker and an Aquapainter. I added water to the paper first and then some colour with the marker before quickly blending it with the aqua painter and a little more water. I am no expert - but with a little more practice I think I might just get the hang of this :-) It's always fun to try something new isn't it? (and if you have any hints they will always be welcome!) For the butterflies, I stamped them in the new Archival ink from SU and then used the Zigs to colour here too - directly on the Whisper White card without water - and then fussy cut them out so as to keep the contrast of the thick black outline. 

Card stock: Whisper White (thick)
Inks: Archival Black
Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, A Dozen Thoughts
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Metallic Sequins Assortment, Basic Rhinestones
Non SU: Watercolour paper (Spotlight), Zig clean color real brush markers (Cobalt Blue, Pink, Light Blue)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the fabulous cards the team have made to inspire you this week and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this great sketch too!

Happy stamping until next time,



  1. Jan you have aced CAS here! I love how the water colour wash highlights your focal point on the card and the little butterflies are just ready to fly off. Lovely! xxx

  2. I love the random watercolour wash, Jan. I really don't think you can go wrong. The contrast of your vibrant butterflies is gorgeous - they really pop off your card. I MUST have a bit more play time with my zigs. xxx

  3. Cas perfection Jan. The swash of watercolour and bold butterflies on crisp white is so fresh and pretty...Lovely use of the sketch. Xx

  4. Your bold butterflies are absolutely stunning against the watercolour background. I agree, you totally nailed this card!

  5. I think you've got the watercolour wash just perfect! I really like how you've used one pink butterfly too :)