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Colorful Butterfly Resist

Colorful Butterfly Resist

Hi All!

I’m going for a change of pace today… a spring-like butterfly card. My goal was to just watercolor a small area behind the butterflies. But, I didn’t want to paint on the color – that’s too easy and purposeful. I wanted to create something a little messier-looking. As you know, that is very uncomfortable for me. 🙂

The butterflies have a thick layer of clear embossing powder on them, so they look like an enamel sticker. I added some faint stamped butterflies in the background. Here is a close-up:

Colorful Butterfly Resist

Enjoy the video and have a great weekend!


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Watercolor panel 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches 10.5 x 13.7 cm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


49 and Market Butterflies
49 and Market Butterflies
Altenew Sketchy Rose Stamp Set
Altenew Sketchy Rose
Versamarker Pen
Versamarker Pen
Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink
Squeezed Lemonade
Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink
Ripe Persimmon
Picked Raspberry Distress Ink
Picked Raspberry
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Tombow Mono Multi Glue


  1. wrote on December 7th, 2018 at 7:05 am


    I love the color choices Darlene. Yes, a nice break from the holiday cards. 🙂 The butterflies are beautiful.

  2. wrote on December 7th, 2018 at 1:54 pm


    Very pretty card Darlene! I love the way you embossed the butterflies. I also have a hard time with creating a “messy” background but I love the way they look. Maybe next year I’ll venture out and try some.

  3. wrote on December 7th, 2018 at 1:55 pm


    A beautiful card Darlene…love it! Color choices are great and butterflies are perfect for any card!

  4. wrote on December 7th, 2018 at 2:48 pm


    I think your messy inking/watercolor came out beautiful, Darlene! I really like the addition of the Picked Raspberry & Ripe Persimmon stamped butterflies, too. Just gives added interest, while still being subtle and staying with the “artsy” look of the background. Thank you for sharing, and hope you don’t get too glum on this rainy weekend. I know this weather isn’t helping me any. But sunny days are coming again soon! (At least, that’s what Weatherbug says. LOL) Take care! 🐱 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on December 8th, 2018 at 11:56 pm


      I sure hope so, Andrea. Both of my kids play soccer and it’s really not enjoyable in this weather. Unbelievably, they play… cold and rainy… as long as there is no lightning. They were freezing and soaking wet after the game on Thursday. A little over the top for middle school I must say.

  5. wrote on December 7th, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Carol Mac

    I like the way you used the versa marker to do the inside…it really looks like a sticker! I am very nervous about watercolour backgrounds and tend to stay away from them, but I am finished making Xmas cards so this is a good distraction! 😎

  6. wrote on December 7th, 2018 at 6:47 pm


    You’re very brave. It’s a lovely card. Thank you for the hint to versamark the butterflies before applying the distress inks. Very handy. Have a lovely weekend.

  7. wrote on December 7th, 2018 at 11:24 pm


    Great butterfly card, Darlene. Love that stamp set. Bought it after you recently used it and am glad I did. You can never have enough butterfly stamps! LOL! The faded butterflies stamped after you finished your background was a good idea. Also just the simple Hugs sentiment seemed sufficient. You are a true minimalist which I especially like!

  8. wrote on December 8th, 2018 at 5:25 am


    Oh, Darlene, I’m always jealous of anyone who can achieve these kinds of gorgeous watercolor washes as backgrounds, when I’ve tried, I always end up with a muddy mess so I stay away from this technique.
    You make it look so darn easy so I guess it’s one of those things that you must try and try until you get it right.
    And what a fabulous array of lovely butterflies, love the way they glisten with all that Versafine ink.
    The small sentiment is all it’s needed on this amazing card.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  9. wrote on December 8th, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Jenny Chilton

    I love this Darlene. I am going to try it out today. I can see I am going to have to get the new Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Stamp set.
    You must feel so much better now that you have taken a load off your mind.
    Thank you for still allowing us to see your beautiful creations.

  10. wrote on December 8th, 2018 at 7:11 pm


    Simply beautiful!

  11. wrote on December 11th, 2018 at 2:23 am


    Love, love, love it Darlene. The colours are gorgeous and that small sentiment just gives the card that finishing touch.

  12. wrote on February 19th, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Liz Bailey

    Darlene I love this card, I have to admit I would be more nervous than you doing the inking, but I love this treatment. I also never thought to use my versa pen to cover something totally as you did with the butterflies. Thanks for the ideas and God b less you in your new endeavors.

  13. wrote on October 4th, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Karen L K

    What a pretty background for your pretty butterflies!

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