Saturday, June 21, 2014
Butterflies Everywhere! *mini tutorial included
I am making a butterfly mobile for a precious special needs little girl. She loves bright colors and butterflies so I've been making them like crazy! These are a fair amount of work so it's taking me more time than I originally wanted to take but I'm sure she will love it when I finally get finished with it.
I will post another day when I actually have the mobile done but for now, enjoy these butterflies!
I used black Onyz for the outline of the butterflies. I explain that process below. As you can see in these photos, I shaped the butterflies so that they would be 3-dimensional. Once they're hanging from the mobile they should look like they are flying.
I ran the butterfly dies through my Big Shot using the Onyz paper and all the little pieces came out as you can see on the right side of the photo. I used Heavenly White paper for the background of the butterfly and colored it using copics. I placed the black outline on top of the white paper and colored in the individual sections. I then took the black outline off and expanded the coloring a bit so that if I didn't glue the outline exactly where I originally had it, it would still look ok.
When gluing the black outline on top of the colored butterfly cut-out, it's important to shape the card as you glue the together. If you wait until the glue dries then the paper won't bend right. The Onyz paper is a nice, thick and sturdy paper. When you glue it to the other paper it holds that shape nicely. I colored both sides of the white butterfly paper so that it is colorful from any angle. So... I cut out another black outline and glued it to the back. The front of this butterfly is below.
Here is another butterfly using pink, blue and purple copics. The thick outline of this set made it much easier to glue than the thin outline above - but I like the look of both.
This is the back of this butterfly with it face-down. You can see how I colored this side and added the 2nd black outline. You can also see that it's shaped and not flat.
Here it is right-side up.
This is one of my favorite butterflies. I enjoyed coloring different colors in the outer circle cut-outs on the wings.
Below are the smallest and largest butterflies. The smallest one is about 1 1/2" wide and the large one is about 3 1/2" wide. They would be a bit wider if they weren't bent and shaped. The orange area of the large butterfly has two shades of orange. I thought it made a dramatic effect if I feathered the darker color on top of the light.
I plan to put pearls or other "bling" onto the butterfly bodies after I get them hanging on the mobile. I'll be sure to glue them on good so they don't fall off!
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful & creative weekend!
The butterfly dies that I used are Spellbinders and Memory Box dies.