A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Sunday, 2 June 2019

Blue Butterflies

I love the new CAS Watercolour challenge!  Those of you who know me know that my all-time forever favourite colour is blue.  And that is this month's challenge!

I went with blue butterflies:

And I went back to an older watercolour technique - Wrinkle Free Distress.  Because it's an old technique, I often forget to use it, but it is so effective and such a great way to create backgrounds.

I swiped a few shades of blue Distress inks on my craft mat, spritzed with water until I got droplets of colour, and then pressed and tapped white cs into it.  I dried it with a heat tool.

I die cut the butterflies, layered them over the blue panel, and added it to my card base.  I stamped my sentiment on the butterfly layer but got it crooked so redid it on a scrap of cs, heat embossed it and die cut it with an oval die.

Wrinkle Free Distress is a Tim Holtz technique from at least ten years ago.  If you can't decide what to do for this month's CAS Watercolour challenge, why not revisit it?  Or head over to the CWC blog and get some inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and June's wonderful Guest Designer, TaeEun (rainbow in November).

You have until June 24th to link up your card.  It must be clean and simple, must use a watercolour technique, and must follow the theme.

Stamps - A Muse sentiment
Ink - ColorBox True Blue; Distress Faded Jeans, Broken China, and Tumbled Glass
Paper - white cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Memory Box reverse butterfly die, Spellbinders oval die, clear embossing powder


  1. Great save with the sentiment and what a beautiful card. The technique looks so pretty and what a fabulous die cut too. Such a pretty card Susan x

  2. Such a beautiful card Susan! LOVE your butterfly die cut panel with your blue background, and great save on the sentiment! :0)

  3. Great save using the die cut for the sentiment. I know you were in colour heaven with this one Susan:)
    Gorgeous card.

  4. Gorgeous blue butterflies with your blue Wrinkle Free background behind your die cut butterfly openings. TFS Susan. your CAS Card Design. Hugs...

  5. I knew you'd enjoy this challenge. :) Gorgeous blue butterflies. I love the variations of colour and patterned from your wrinkle free distress background. The butterfly overlay is so pretty. Great save with the sentiment. xx

  6. Your background is just gorgeous, Susan! Love the negative butterflies on this. Thanks for the reminder to use this favorite technique. I too haven't done that in a while.

  7. That background makes beautiful butterflies, Susan! Winkle free distress might be an old technique, but it will never go out of style. Your card proves that!

  8. Oooh, I see a beautiful background peeking through those butterflies! I just love anything watercolor, wrinkle free or not!

  9. This is so pretty and done in my favorite color too. Easy way to water color and it gives a beautiful result.

  10. Beautiful blue butterflies, Susan. Knew this challenge theme would have delighted you as it dies me! Would have never known about the sentiment, so great save. xx

  11. I love the die cut butterflies with the watercoloured piece used to fill them in, so pretty Susan. A really elegant card. x

  12. The blue looks lovely coming through your delicate die cut butterflies Susan - nothing wrong with a tried and true technique that's for sure! xx

  13. The gorgeous background gives your CAS card a dynamic touch! The butterflies look beautiful!

  14. Hi Susan! Though I'm just learning to love blue, I've always loved butterflies - we 'bloomed' 142 last year! Your stunning butterfly panel can't hide the beauty of your distress inking. Your card will make someone feel very special on their birthday!
    Thanks so much for your kind words today!

  15. That technique has really worked to give your blue background real interest, It is a very effective backing for those lovely delicate white butterflies xx


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