Thursday, June 17, 2021

Black and White World


I'm once again joining Art Journal Journey and our host Mia, who many of you know as Craftartista who has chosen Butterflies as her theme this month.  

It's official.

Butterflies bring color to a black and white world.

I doubt you can tell, but this page started with me laying down

Versamark, that sticky glue-like ink used when you want to heat emboss, in three separate areas.

After the embossing had cooled sufficiently, I started stamping using one of my all time favorite stamps gifted me by Valerie.  The first stamped image was made completely with black ink.

I gradually added more 

and more colors until the butterflies were completely in color.  On a different note, you might be able to see where some of the embossing powder didn't cover the Versamark.

For this page, I started by laying down three areas of stamped and embossed words on 110 lb cardstock. Several years ago, I borrowed some red rubber stamps I believe were created by Claudine Hellmuth.  I stamped them on card stock.  I recently found them and decided to fussy cut them for this spread.  Once they had been glued in place, I added the stamped butterflies, beginning with black dye ink, then gradually adding more and more color using a multi-color stamp pad.  
As I was heat embossing, I allowed the heat tool (not a hair dryer) to stay in one area too long.  You can see how the paper scorched the upper left corner.

Thanks beyond belief for dropping by today.  Bleubeard and I are really grateful for your visit and also hope to see you at Art Journal Journey

17 thoughtful remarks:

Iris Flavia said...

Clever idea!
My embossing cools within seconds. Or do I do something wrong?
Uh-oh. My tool cools down the moment I put it in place. LUCKILY, chicken me would freak out otherwise!
YOU made Ingo buy this tool and me using it, I am afraid of heat, don´t destroy it with "horror-stories", LOL.

Yes, summer is here soon and YAY for colors in a black and white world, love this one!

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful journal page. I can't remember sending you that stamp, but glad you like it! Not feeling so good today, I've got bronchitis, could have done without it! Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

Elephant's Child said...

Butterflies (and many moths) are ephemeral magic.

craftytrog said...

A beautiful page Elizabeth. Great images and I love those little colourful butterflies.
Alison xx

aussie aNNie said...

How beautiful is this page, the colours are sensational...xx

My name is Erika. said...

Those butterflies are really pretty on the black and white. I like the multiple colored embossing. Your stamped background looks great too. Nice idea. This page came out super and works perfect for Mia's challenge. Hope your week is going well. Hugs-Erika

Jeanie said...

Lovely composition -- I really like all the elements you used.

Divers and Sundry said...

I like this idea -the colorful butterflies sparkling up the b&w page. The perfect illustration of the words.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

this is a neat journal piece Elizabeth !!!! ☺☺♥♥ great job ☺☺♥♥

Mae Travels said...

I love butterflies. When they are moving it is really hard to get photos of them, but they often settle on a branch or a flower so you can get a photo. Have you been to a butterfly house with a collection of living ones? It's a real treat.

best... mae at

Lowcarb team member said...

A very nice page.
Butterflies has been a good theme.

All the best Jan

Sandra Cox said...

Oh, I like this!

Elkes Lebensglück said...

Wonderful journal page!!!I like this idea!!!
Have beautiful day, hugs -Elke

Neet said...

What a lovely idea for the butterflies, I must try that out, thank you. I do like the effect you got and I love the background of script. I always love script and am forever searching for the perfect script stamp.
Your composition works well with the script and the butterflies down one side and those images on the right.
Hugs, Neet xxx

Rita said...

Those heat tools can be a bit dangerous.
Very pretty! :)

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a fabulous page - perfect for Mia's AJJ theme! I adore those butterflies, such clever idea, Hugs, Chrisx

Meggymay said...

I love how you created this fantastic page with the beautiful colour of the butterflies against the black/white background, its a lovely stamp you used.
Yvonne xx