Monday, February 4, 2019

Butterfly Clipboard

Hello Everyone,
So what do you do when your clipboard fades due to sun exposure?  Well, you give it a make-over by getting out the rubber stamps and ink and stamping all over it!

I just love this month's theme "Things with Wings." I could stamp with this theme for every project I make. I used the beautiful butterfly stamp set called Love of Butterflies.
 Follow along as lead you through the transformation process.  Let's get started!

BPM Stamps:
Other Supplies: white acrylic paint, sponge brush, black permanent ink pad, ink pads, ink blending tool, clear mounting block, clipboard, watermark ink pad, embossing powder (clear & gold), paint brush, heat tool, scrap paper

1. Select stamps and practice your arrangement on the clipboard. (TIP: Take a photo so that you may refer to it as you create in order to avoid disappointment at being able to recreate the design from memory.)

2. Use a sponge brush to apply white acrylic paint to the clipboard. (2-3 coats may be necessary)  Set aside to thoroughly dry.

3. Use black permanent ink to stamp the butterfly images. Make sure to overlap some images off the edge of the clipboard.

4. Stamp a smaller butterfly with watermark ink and apply gold embossing powder. Return the excess to the jar and heat set. (TIP: Check the image carefully for any stray particles of embossing powder and if necessary use a dry paint brush to sweep them away.)

5. Create masks by stamping the butterfly onto scrap paper. Cut out the duplicate image and carefully align the mask over the stamped butterfly images on the clipboard. Use black ink to stamp the dandelion slightly overlapping the butterfly. Remove the mask to reveal a layered image where it appears that the stem goes behind the butterfly.

6.  Apply watermark ink to the waterdrops stamp and stamp in any open areas to add a subtle texture. Apply clear embossing powder and heat set.

7.  Use a mask to protect any areas that you want to remain white. Carefully align the mask and hold it in place. Use an ink applicator to apply and blend ink to color the background.

8. Use watermark ink to stamp flourishes. Some images should overlap the previous black stamping, as well as, overlap the edge of the clipboard. Apply gold embossing powder. Remove the excess embossing powder, check for any stray particles, and heat set.

9. Create a border by applying watermark ink around the edge of the clipboard. Then add gold embossing powder and heat set. Use your finger to apply the ink to create a hazy and less precise frame. If you want a sharp straight border edge, mask the edge before applying the ink.

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  1. Love your creativity here Karen! Those stamps are to die for and so is your collage clipboard. That gold is beautiful too.

  2. Beautiful layering in your stamping Karen! I love all the amazing details and color. Thanks so much!


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