Saturday, February 4, 2023

Putting It In Reverse

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I have emerged from the disaster that is Austin, TX and now have power! It's the little things, right? It's too soon and I'm too tired to tell the tale here, so I'll just sneak peek you today to Monday's new kit! This month has an exciting upgrade too - a premium option with extra goodies, so read about all those details here, and then join me for a live with Aaron later this week for the inside scoop!

My friend Alison is the inspiration for today - she had posted a card with her zero drawing technique and then remembered that I had asked about it and linked me to her video on it - she's a peach! (PS I called it zero coloring in my demonstration of the technique here, so forgive me.)

It's pretty simple and really cool. I added a twist today with the gorgeous new butterfly themed kit - embossing! 

To do the base technique, I rubbed this graphite powder over an ink blended background to give that dark, smoky look. Then I used my electric eraser to remove the graphite through the layering stencil that comes with the new kit - I used the wing details layer. When that was done, I added embossing ink through the bold layer for the butterfly bodies on top of the erased layer and clear embossed it, so they are raised and shiny! I added some accents with Hero Pearls.

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And this is just the tip of the iceberg with this kit. Wait until you see the beautiful butterfly rub-ons that come with the new premium kit! My project today just uses the standard kit - but you'll see both in my post on Monday!

I'll be back Monday with my other kit cards - see you then! Hope the lights stay on!


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  1. Vey interesting technique and cool end result.

  2. The blending and colors are so beautiful, Lydia!

  3. Wow this is beautiful. What a lovely way you did the butterflies!They look like they are gently floating around the sentiment. I love this!

  4. I love the colors you chose to work with and the clean pop of black/white in the center

  5. Love your color choices - so beautiful

  6. It is hard to see the embossing, but the butterfly technique sounds interesting. Thanks for the new ideas. Can't wait to see the rest of this kit(s).

  7. Beautiful card and gorgeous colors

  8. Oh rub ons! So much fun, makes me think of the old scrapbooking days!

  9. What an interesting technique! Turned out beautiful! I'm going to give it a try!

  10. So pretty. Adding the white make it sparkle.

  11. Wow! I love the smoky look! I have never heard of this graphite powder technique. It looks like batik. Thank you for your detailed explanation to attain this look. I must try this!

  12. What a cool technique and fabulous card!!

  13. Great card! Interesting technique!

  14. I love your card! Your color pallet gives me inspiration!

  15. I love your card. Your choice of ink pallet is inspiring!

  16. Such an interesting card with new techniques that I have not tried. I love how it looks. It is a beautiful card!


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