Sending Smiles

Hey everyone!
We have a new challenge starting today at Tuesday Throwdown and it's an easy one - Anything Goes!  So let your mind take control and join in the fun!

Our awesome sponsor this week is Oak Pond, and they have provided amazing images for our team to use.  I chose to use the Butterfly image.
I have been in a galactic mood lately...there may be reasons for that, or it may just be because I love space and how beautiful it is.  So I decided to try and do some galaxy watercoloring on the butterfly.  It took me a few tries to get a look that I wanted, but I think it turned out so awesome!

I started by printing off my image in a very faint grey on some watercolor paper.  Then covered the whole thing in clean water, making sure to stay within the lines.  Once the whole thing was wet, I just dropped color around.  I tried to stay a little symmetrical since it is a butterfly, but also let the galaxy do its own thing.  Love it!!!

Once everything was dry, I did some white splatters to represent the stars.  I think the white just completes the whole thing.  It's kind of fun because if you look closely, you can still sort of see the details of the butterfly wings, even though they aren't defined in any way.

To finish the card off, I used an awesome sentiment from the Hero Arts Shoot for the Moon stamp set.  I white heat embossed it onto some vellum, flagged the ends and placed it over the center of the butterfly.  I did a little splattering of some black and dark blue on the background panel before adhering the butterfly with some foam tape.  I love the simplicity of it all with the very detailed butterfly, so pretty!!

So be sure to stop by Tuesday Throwdown to check out the rest of the DT's creations, and then join in the fun!!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Addicted to Stamps #132-Make Your Mark
    Less is More #212-Wings
    The Corrosive Challenge #218-Things with Wings
    Word Art Wednesday #171-Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting! <3


  1. Such a pretty w/c butterfly, love your idea of a galaxy with the white spots as stars.
    Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM this week. :)

  2. Your watercoloured butterfly turned out brilliantly. Fab colours and I love all the splatters. Thanks for sharing at ATSM this week, Anita x

  3. Emily that butterfly is stunning!! I love the sentiment over the vellum! Really beautiful job my dear!! Thanks for joining us at ATSM!! :)

  4. I love butterflies and blue and this is gorgeous! Love the galaxy and you nailed it with the sentiment on vellum. Love it!

  5. I LOVE what you did with the butterfly! The colors are amazing. Gorgeous :-)

  6. Totally gorgeous card Emily. Love the pastel blends and details. You rocked it!

  7. Super stunning and totally striking Emily
    Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
    Sarah xx
    Less is More

  8. Gorgeous watercoloring. Your butterfly is so delicate and fragile looking, absolutely beautiful. I love your sentiment too, Emily. Wonderful design.

  9. Lovely colours on your butterfly!
    Thank you for joining us at Less is More