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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

Spellbinder’s BetterPress Plate of the Month for February

Hello friends! Spellbinder's BetterPress Plate of the Month, Flutter Into Spring, is a gorgeous plate and die set with its floral image and sweet hummingbird. The bonus item for subscribers to the  The Deluxe Caboodle Club is also a plate and die set that includes a hummingbird ... so, of course, I incorporated it into this water colour card!

Be sure to have a look at Spellbinder's new value pack, The Deluxe Caboodle Club! All 10 clubs and a bonus item are included at a great savings! The February bonus item is the Exclusive Fluttering Hummingbird BetterPress Plates & Die Set.  This set is ONLY available to members of the Deluxe Caboodle Club.

The February "New Subscriber" registration window will be available February 6 - 27th while supplies last

  • Using the BetterPress Letterpress System, Canson XL Water Colour Paper was pressed with the floral image and sentiment from Flutter Into Spring. The two hummingbirds were pressed on a separate piece of paper and cut with the coordinating dies. The plates were inked with BetterPress Black Ink.

  • The water colouring was done with Mijello Mission Gold paints using mainly a wet on wet technique ... simply, wet paint on wet paper. The image is painted with water and then the colour introduced. I place the paint where I want it to be more concentrated to create a shadow area and blend it out.

  • The leaves were coloured with a combination of Yellow Green, Olive Green and Van Dyke. One of the main flowers was painted with Rose and the other with Bright Opera.

  • Using a small water colour brush, the bluebells were painted Peacock Blue and Colbalt Blue. The tiny leaves were done with Sap Green and the stems in Van Dyke. To maintain greater control of the paint, this fine painting was done using a wet on dry technique.

  • A combination of Sap Green, Olive Green, Sepia, Black and Bright Opera was used to paint the hummingbirds. A technique called glazing was used. Diluted paint is applied and allowed to dry before adding additional layers of colour.

  • The panel was trimmed to 3 3/4" by 5" and adhered to a black matted, A2 sized card base.

  • The coordinating dies for the hummingbirds were used to cut sheet foam. The images were adhered to the foam die cuts and then mounted on the card front.


To view the tutorial, click HERE. You will be redirected to YouTube.


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