The Leane Creatief “Doodle Butterfly 2” stamp is deceptively simple and yet so beautiful! The open spaces in the sections of the butterfly seemingly scream for one to try zentangle art as well. This is the first time I’ve tried zentangling (is that a verb?), and I am in love!
It truly is very zen to sit and doodle and play with different designs and patterns. Using Faber-Castell Pitt Pens in XS, S and B point sizes, I had a blast making each butterfly I stamped onto the card front unique. I made some more intensely patterned and left others more open, knowing I was going to cover some of these beauties with a full color butterfly as well as with a sentiment.
Then to add some color, I used a Copic B00 to color the spaces between the butterflies. I wanted these butterflies to look like they were flying wildly in the air in a magical garden. When I finished laying down that base of color, I thought it was an improvement, but somehow it lacked depth.
To address this, I used a couple of Prismacolor colored pencils in Electric Blue and China Blue to add some depth of color in the nooks and crannies of the butterfly wings. Adding just that little bit of detail seemed to make these zentangle butterflies pop off the page. I was a little concerned that this intensity would fight with my focal point full-color butterfly I planned to add over top, but once I started adding this detail, there was no stopping me. 🙂
I separately Copic colored a butterfly with B01, B24 and B28. This ombre coloring gave the butterfly a luminescent quality. Adding some dot details with a Signo Uniball White Gel Pen also helped this butterfly pop. Fussy cutting out this butterfly and adding some foam dots behind the wings, also helped this focal point butterfly stand out with dimension. Before I adhered this beauty to the card base, I layered in between a smaller sheet of vellum; this helped mute the zentangle butterflies and darker blue nooks and crannies for some visual softness and separation. I secured the vellum to the card base with wet glue under the top butterfly and under strategically placed sequins so that the glue wouldn’t show through the vellum.
As this is a Fathers Day card for my dad, for the sentiment I heat embossed “Thank You” in Korean from the Altenew Oriental Orchid Stamp Set. I popped this up on foam dots for some additional dimension and took this opportunity to tack down the vellum in hidden spots again. For the card liner, I used a couple of sentiments from The Greeting Farm “I Love Dad” stamp set (retired) to stamp “THANKS DAD for all you do” and “Happy Fathers Day!” Then to create a more finished look inside and to repeat the dot details from the card front, I added some more dots around the border of the card liner with my Signo Uniball White Gel Pen. Although a butterfly stamp is not likely to pop up first in ones mind to create a masculine card, I think the black and white graphic zentangling and limiting the coloring to blues, made this card beautiful but totally appropriate for a Fathers Day card.
The following is a process video of crafting this card:
This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Photo Inspiration Challenge
CAS-ual Friday Boys of Summer Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with Optional Buttons and Bows Challenge
Penny Black and More In the Garden Challenge
Stamping Sensations Anything Goes Challenge
MFT Sketch #389 Challenge