Black, White, Butterflies, Watercolor, Stained Glass

I recently saw a photo of a pretty awesome technique by Gloria Plunkett, another SU Demonstrator. I fell in love with the look of it. I took her technique one step further and actually “water-colored” the area where color was used.  I think the technique was referred to as “The Black Magic” technique for the black background. So,  I’ll go with “The White Magic”  technique for the white background. Either way they both look like stained glass, and are gorgeous.

Black, White, Butterflies, Watercolor

In both instances I used VersaMark ink to stamp my image and then heat embossed to create the “etched” look on my butterflies. For the black background I lightly colored the whole butterfly with the white colored pencil to help brighten the colors I was using. It’s kinda like using kilz on the walls before you paint! This step is the “magic” on the black background. I then went over all the colors with a slightly damp Aqua Painter to smooth the colors out. 

Black, White, Butterflies, Watercolor

Now it’s just a matter of which one you like best! I personally prefer the clean crispness of the white background, but the black background is stunning. For me it would depend on who the card is intended for, as far as which one I would choose. I hope you have a favorite, and that you will share your opinion. Just leave a comment at the bottom of this post,  or head on over to my Facebook page and “like” your favorite with a

Check back with me for my Sunday post, and Ill let you know which butterfly was liked more!

Thank you so much for spending time here today, I appreciate it.

xox Rachael


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