Black and White Collage Art with Butterfly Basics

inside-of-b-&-w-bflyButterfly Basics and the coordinating Butterflies Thinlits are gorgeous! And fortunately for all of us they come in a bundle for a 15% discount. Yippee!

One of the things that draws me to this set is that it’s great for collage art. By randomly stamping the images you have a quick, easy and elegant card. What’s better than that? I think this card, in just black and white, is especially elegant.

What black pad is best?
Basic Black, Staz-On or Memento? My personal preference is Memento. I have all three but my go-to is Memento because:
1) It dries fast,
2) Images won’t smear when you color them with markers or when watercoloring with our ink pads, and
3) It’s super easy to clean off your stamps without needing a special stamp cleaner.

Adding “bling”:
It’s hard to tell from this picture, but I incorporated our Brushed Silver cardstock here to give the card a little extra pizzazz. With the Brushed Silver cardstock I fussy cut the same size butterfly as the one I diecut and used it as a base for the diecut butterfly.The result is subtle but oh so pretty in person.

And, of course, I also added Stampin’ Up!’s lovely Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

How to apply rhinestones:
I’ve had several people ask me how to apply the rhinestones. And here’s the trick … Start with an exacto blade, 1your piercing tool or any other instrument with a sharp point. Press down between the rhinestone you want and the one it’s attached to in order to “cut” the adhesive between the two. Carefully slide the rhinestone off the paper backer. This insures that the adhesive stays on your rhinestone. If you do this correctly, 2the rhinestone will still be attached to the instrument you used. Without touching it with your fingers, use your instrument to place the rhinestone where you want it and then push it down in place with your finger.3

How to cut the butterfly thinlit:
The butterflies in this thinlit package are absolutely stunning – and very intricate in detail. For directions on how to cut such an intricate thinlit with our Big Shot, go here for a video tutorial.

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