Monday, April 1, 2013


Hi Everyone! Hope you're having a wonderful Easter weekend and Happy April Fool's day!
I have a technique for you that will fool your eye. The butterflies appear to be closer than the grid background.
I began by stamping BUTTERFLIES onto white cardstock using JET BLACK ARCHIVAL INK.
I drew evenly spaced lines, staying between the butterflies. Laying my cardstock on grid paper helped to keep the cardstock staright and the lines correctly spaced. My BLACK PIGMA MICRON 05 PEN worked perfectly and is permanent so there will be no bleeding when colour is added.
The cork backed ruler prevents smudged lines by having the ruler edge just off the cardstock. If you are using a flush edge ruler, be careful to lift it straight up. Or flip it over. Quite often, flipping it results in the edge being raised off the cardstock, avoiding smudges.
I used 3/4" spacing for my lines.
Using RANGER DISTRESS INKS I randomly coloured some of the squares and all of the butterflies. 
All of the colouring was done by dabbing the ink pads onto an acrylic block and picking it up with a wet paintbrush.
Once the ink dried it was time to add some details.
I drew dashes and dots on some of the squares. Again, totally random.
I stamped GOD GRANT ME  on another piece of white cardstock, then cut it out with SPELLBINDERS CLASSIC OVALS 
I inked the edge of the oval with the same black ink and once dry, sponged with worn lipstick distress ink.
I attached the grid panel to black cardstock, then onto an orange card base from my stash. I popped up the oval using foam tape.
There is a lot of freedom with this technique. You get to choose everything! The images, the spacing of the grid lines, the colours and the doodles. Keep it random and keep it fun!
I love this quote and the way it's designed- just beautiful.
I hope you try this technique and share it with us.
Thank you for stopping by!


Bibi Lindahl said...

How cool is that?? Very nice, Holly. I will certainly try this. Thanks for sharing! :-D

krcmasterpiece said...

Very interesting. Love the process.

Robyn said...

Fun,fun,fun...can't wait to try this!!
Another winner Holly!

Yogi said...

very nice. fun. Have a great day

Quietfire said...

This is very cool! Thanks Holly! I love grids!!

Robyn said...

Having so much fun with this I had to leave another comment!
Go Grids!
thanks Holly!

Shirley said...

A great technique. Thanks Holly!

Evelyn said...

This looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing this great technique!

barbara macaskill said...

Just got some new stamps today and can't wait to try this!Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

Jan Castle said...

WOW...I really have to give this a try....TFS Holly!!!! Love it!
Paper Hugs,

Debbie said...

I love the card and the sentiment is a favorite of mine - must have a go!

Froggietalks said...

I have made 4 cards like this so far, and LOVE it! Also, I have had numerous requests for teaching this technique. Who do I contact for permission? I would credit Holly for the technique :)

Holly said...

I'm glad you're enjoying this technique. I got it from Technique Junkies but if you google it, you'll see it's all over the 'net. TJ says as long as you put it in your own words, you don't need permission to teach it.
Have fun and I hope we can inspire you again!

Care to share your 4 cards?

Bibi Lindahl said...

It took some time, but I've finally blogged about my grid cards!

Thanks for the inspiration, Holly!!

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