I came across this technique from the Understand Blue website by Lydia and thought it was beautiful. The technique swirled around in my head for sometime before I actually got around to giving it a try. I ordered Stampin' Up's Fluttering Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, which is a full embossing folder of different sized butterflies but it would work with other embossing folder as well.
The technique is a bit involved and took some time to complete. While I love the finished product getting there, not so much. It is however easy to do, it just takes some time.
Lydia used a watercolor pencil, but I did not have a brand that wouldn't reactivate the color once it was dry so I used Distress Paints by Tim Holtz. I also did not have the acrylic white paint she used so I used Golden's Titanium White.
I won't go into how the technique is done because Lydia has a video and it would be handy to view if you wanted to give this technique a try. If you refer over to her blog you will see her's is much more colorful. I had a hard time sanding off the white paint to reveal the colored butterflies underneath. I finally gave up and went with what I did mange to sand off. Perhaps the Golden's paint is more resistant, it did seem to gum up a lot instead of turn to powder when sanding. If I give this technique another try I will probably use the same paint Lydia used or just a simple craft paint.
The surface is gloss like because it has a layer of clear embossing powder over it.
Hope you enjoy giving this technique a try. Visit Understand Blue for the full directions and video.
The finished card is quite stunning though that does not show up well on a picture.
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Butterflies - Stampin' Up - Papillon Potourri
Embossing folder - Stampin' Up - Fluttering Textured embossing folder
Sentiment - Unity Stamp Company