ATB Butterflies and Bee by Samantha Read

Hello, Samantha here today and I'm sharing with you an Artist Trading Block using lots of wonderful Rubber Dance stamps. I used six sets in total but I think it shows brilliantly how all the different sets can be so versatile and work fantastically together. 
As I was making this Spring had started to arrive and in my head that took me to days of better weather and time spent outdoors enjoying all that nature has to offer, except pollen! Atchoo! I had also had some of these ATB's in my art room for so long I thought it was time to use them, they may be a new addiction.

Thankfully the ATB's were flat packed so just a little gluing and they're ready to go. The one I used for this project was just under 3inches square.

I used black gesso around the edges, this really makes the finished squares really pop when glued on.

I got organised and stamped all the images and die cut extra components.

Using Distress Inks I used the spritz and smoosh technique to create the colour of the backgrounds and extra bits.

Then the fun really started and it was time to stamp. I stayed with the same three colours of Distress Inks on everything except the butterflies and bee.

If there's something fiddly like a butterfly antenna, I always stamp them first to save trying to cut them out. I coloured the butterflies and bee using watercolour paints.

Look, no fussy cutting!

All five of my finished sqaures, lots of stamping and to finish I added white highlights....

... and glued them in place. Silver beads for feet was my final addition.

I do hope you like it, thanks for looking, Sam x

Here are the stamps I used and don't forget you can join in the fun with us on Facebook in the Rubber Dance Stamping Lounge here.



Julie S said…
These are so bright and pretty, Samantha! Do you actually trade these? It seems like it would cost a small fortune to send them.

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