I was inspired by Artisan Design member Leah Fedynak’s use of butterflies on a canvas. She chose to use the canvas in portrait and I changed mine to portrait. My canvas is 18 x 24. Leah may have used a larger canvas, I’m not sure. She also used multi-colored butterflies and I used a more monochromatic theme. My butterflies are just the lacy delicate dies from the Brilliant Butterfly dies and hers are the solid butterfly images.
I used Pretty Peacock (my favorite color EVER but is retiring at the end of May – boo hoo!), Just Jade (another In Color but it has one more year before it retires), Mint Macron, and Soft Seafoam. These colors were used for both the ink and the cardstock.
The lettering was a labor of love as I seldom use my Cricut (too many fun Stampin’ Up! products to keep my attention) and it took me two days to figure out the correct size, cutting depth, wedding process, etc. By the time I finally got it right, I had somehow managed to change the word – leave it to me! My original intention was to use the word “Transformation” which works much better. I’m not sure how “Transformation” morphed into “Transition” but it did. Unfortunately, I didn’t notice until I had already heat set the word onto the canvas. I fully intend to make another one with the correct word but I was still so excited with the overall project that I wanted to go ahead and share the prototype with you. 😉
The butterflies do transition from dark to light as they fly through the different bands of colors. Here is a close up so you can see some of the butterflies who are in between colors and have 2 colors on them…
I used the inkpads themselves to make the color bands. Each butterfly is attached just at the body with liquid glue. The new blending brushes come in handy for this project as well as some sticky notes. For tips and tricks to how to get the ink evenly onto a canvas (hint: I used Stampin’ Up! catalogs) and other helpful insights, please check out my YouTube video.
I hope this project has inspired you like Leah’s inspired me. Don’t forget to leave a comment to let me know your thoughts on this great new set.