I have been having so much fun with a new technique I learned how to do recently and promised a tutorial so you could easily try it if you want. I made this one with some brand new dies from Tonic Studios called Layering Butterflies and my favorite sentiment from the Miniature Moments line also at Tonic Studios. I die cut two butterflies and applied the fun new Strawberry Coulis Jewel Drops to the top vellum layer. Here is a close-up look at the butterfly and the awesome golden texture created with tissue paper, Brusho Coloured Crystals and embossing powder:
How is this background created? It is not hard, but does take some patience especially to let the tissue paper dry which takes a minimum of two hours and often more. Here are the steps:
Choose several colors of watercolor powders, sprinkle them on white tissue paper on a craft sheet or something that can handle water soaking, and spritz with water. I tried several brands of water color powders and found the brighter colors such as the Brusho Coloured Crystals worked best for the color to show after applying gold embossing powders. Move the tissue paper on the craft mat somewhere it can dry thoroughly.
After the tissue paper dried thoroughly it will look like this. For this card, I chose Rose Red, Violet and Crimson Red Brusho Crystal Colours. Wrinkle the tissue paper up several times and apply to a piece of cardstock covered with two sided tape (I chose Sookang). You could also try spray adhesive if that is what you have. You want the wrinkles to be pronounced. Trim the tissue paper to fit the cardstock.
The next step is to apply Versamark on top of all the wrinkles. On my first attempt, I rubbed it all over thinking the color would show through but I ended up with golden wrinkled card front. Pretty but not what I was going for. Rub the Versamark lightly on top of the wrinkles in the tissue paper. Then apply embossing powder- again with a very light touch trying to aim for wrinkles. For this card I used Nuvo's Gold Enchantment Glitter Embossing Powder so it is very sparkly IRL. I have also tried regular detail gold embossing powder and silver and will share cards with them soon.
Heat set the embossing powder and the textured golden metallic tissue paper background is done. I find when I have a glorious background like this, if I add some lovely dies on top, the finished product is a card I can send with love and pride.
I am entering this card in the New Something challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and the Start Afresh challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. The layering butterflies are fresh out of their packaging and this is the first I have used them. The technique is also new to me and this is the second card I have posted with it.