Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Spotlighted Swallowtail

    I tried out an old technique with my MISTI. It is kind of a meld of two techniques actually-the spotlight technique and triple layering (though I only did two layers-hence more of a spotlight effect). 
I laid a large piece of paper down then my image piece with a second piece layered where I want the spotlight-I used a temporary glue dot to hold this in place and a magnet to hold the image piece in place

After I stamped the first time, I pulled off my spotlight piece and then was able to stamp again (without reinking) and lost the harsh gap around the edge. I could have actually placed the piece back  in without the black border and done a true spotlight by only coloring my smaller piece, but went with coloring the whole butterfly and framing my small piece to make it more distinct.

I used the scribble on acetate method for my coloring dipping a wet brush to pick up the colors.

I added white shimmer paint highlights. When I dropped a small glob onto my nice white space, I decided to spatter the whole front though it is hard to see in the photo.
I really wanted my butterfly to have depth so I used Smoky Slate, Soft Sky and then Sahara Sand around the edge of my butterfly.

Here's the final card. I kept it very CAS only adding a little silver cord and my sentiment. I layered over a black panel and then a Pool Party base
Here's a side shot to show off the shimmer and the depth of the outlining.
Here's a look at the layering.
Here's another with the same coloring but with a Bokeh bg and some bling for accenting. (The panel got cut and the bling got added to cover a big purple blob that somehow ended up on the totally completed card~argh I hate it when that happens! This also lost color on a spot when I laid it down over a piece of tape-just wasn't my day I guess!)

Same card from the front


  1. Wow! Gail this is amazing!!! Spectacular way to use the spotlight technique! You bought a MISTI too! I kept meaning to write you and tell you I loved it!!!

  2. Both cards are Stunning, Gail, but I actually like the first one better! It seems to show off the beautiful butterfly much better! It's amazing how the black framing and the pool party base complete this card perfectly!