This was a new technique for me. My up-line, Linda Bedinger, demonstrated this technique on her YouTube channel. I am familiar with, and absolutely love, Stampin' Up's blends (alcohol based markers which come in light and dark shades of a particular color). They are fantastic for coloring stamped images as you can blend the colors to create shadows or other dimension-like shading. Using those markers on vellum had never crossed my mind.
Supplies needed: Vellum, Alcohol Markers, small cup or bowl, small paintbrush (craft-size), 90% isopropyl alcohol (available in grocery and drug stores), paper to put underneath the vellum to protect your work surface. Gloves or finger protection from staining is optional.
The technique works best with the darker shades of whatever colors you choose. Now, hold your hats for these precise instructions!
Protect your work surface with paper larger than your piece of vellum. Take your first marker and randomly SCRIBBLE blotches on the vellum. Depending on how many colors you want to use (I don't recommend more than three), leave plenty of space for the other colors. Repeat the process with remaining markers until the vellum is covered--the messier the better.
Here comes the magic. Put some 90% isopropyl alcohol in the cup/bowl, then insert the paintbrush. You want it wet but not dripping too much. Tap the vellum with the alcohol-dipped brush. You will have to do this several times but should see the colors start running together. Feel free to move the vellum around to distribute any alcohol/ink liquid. You will find this dries fairly quickly. Repeat the process until you attain the desired results. If the colors blend to a muddy color, simply wait until it dries and reapply the marker color of choice and follow up with a little less alcohol.
I used quarter sheets of vellum for my four color combinations. I then cut each of those in half to die cut the butterflies. I also die cut the butterflies in Basic White card stock to show off the colors better. Use a fine tip glue applicator (Stampin'Up sells one) to adhere the vellum to the white card stock.
Designer Series Paper is Butterfly Bijou--sadly, I just found it is no longer available :(
Greetings/sentiments come from the Massive Thanks stamp set
Card stock: Magenta Madness, Bumblebee, Misty Moonlight, Cherry Cobbler and Call Me Clover (retired) (I do not have Shaded Spruce card stock yet)
Magenta and blue-green ribbons were colored with dark Magenta Madness and Misty Moonlight/Just Jade Stampin' Blends. Also Gorgeous Grape sheer ribbon.
Which card front do you like best?
A. Misty Moonlight, Shaded Spruce
B. Magenta Madness, Bumblebee, Cherry Cobbler
C. Magenta Madness, Misty Moonlight
D. Cherry Cobbler, Magenta Madness, Bumblebee
E. Misty Moonlight, Magenta Madness
The inside of the cards is stamped the same. Each inside panel has a small strip of Designer Series Paper that corresponds to the card front.
Here's another look at all of them. Please let me know which one(s) are your favorite(s).