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Sunday, March 22, 2009

3 Butterfly Collage ATCs

I think I've found the perfect size paper to work on! I've always been so afraid of color but not now LOL I feel freer to experiment on ATCs - maybe because I know if I don't like the outcome and toss it in the trash it's just a tiny little piece...

Some days I am so in awe of God's creation I can hardly stand it! I know my butterflies aren't colored true to life necessarily, but have you ever Googled photo images for insects? The variation and and delicacy really is beyond comprehension when you remember they are tiny little functioning machines that can FLY!!
Speaking of color, I was so inspired by Michelle Zindorf's blog post today that I had to whip these up immediately. I had been laying in bed sometime during the night/morning (who can tell!) thinking about this bkgd stamp for ATCs with the torn edge technique and it went perfectly with the butterfly motif and color theme Michelle used today!

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Each card measures 3 1/2" x 2 1/2"

STAMPS: butterflies, left to right - Funny Business, Whispers, and Stampabilities, collage - Inkadinkado

INKS: VersaMagic Dew Drops - Aspen Mist, Ocean Depth, Eggplant, Pumpkin Spice, Gingerbread and Red Brick, Staz-On Jet Black

SUPPLIES: sponges, Glue Lines, white crayon, grey pencil, Post-it notes, tissue, Q-tips, Micron finepoint black marker


  1. Cut 80 - 110# white cardstock to ATC size - 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
  2. Ink collage stamp with Jet Black and stamp on cs.
  3. Tear Post-it and place as desired.
  4. Use white crayon to color in a few areas you'd like to stay whitish.
  5. Stamp collage on Post-it, trim out number rectangle and place mask over ATC.
  6. Coat sponge with Agean Mist and cover ATC surface with masks in place.
  7. Continue process with Ocean Depth, and then Eggplant, keeping to the edges.
  8. Wipe ink gently from crayoned areas with a soft tissue.
  9. Remove masks and edge with black pad as shown.
  10. Stamp butterfly on white scrap cs with black ink, then color with sponges, starting with Pumpkin Spice over all, then Gingerbread near the center, then highlighted with Q-tips and Red Brick and Eggplant.
  11. Trim and apply Glue Lines to body area.
  12. Adhere over collage in desired area and draw in antennae.
Hope you liked these - I was really happy with how they came together :o)


Adair said...

These are beautiful! I love the deep colors you used.

PatBowman said...

The are really cool Nancy - love 'em!

Shar said...

Wow! Another series of spectacular ATCs! These are gorgeous!

Pat Moore said...

I've never been fond of ATC'S, these that you've created are awesome. ...Pat M

Manna said...

These are gorgeous, Nancy! Love the colours!