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Sunday, 10 July 2011

Airbrushed Butterflies

It's been absolutely ages since I've posted anything on here. I have been marking exam papers again so haven't been able to play with all my craft goodies for a while. In one of my breaks, a few days ago, I saw on the Docrafts Forum that people were talking about the Letraset Airbrushing system - called Letrajet. I remembered that I had bought this some time ago and had it in my craftroom waiting for a chance to play with it. Today I got it out and had my first go.

It is used with Promarkers and enables you to use any of  your Promarkers like an airbrush - creating lovely shading and backgrounds. I can't pretend to be any good yet but the above card is my first attempt.

I used a butterfly mask that I bought recently from Imagination Crafts to create the background, using the sky blue Promarker straight on to the card.  The image is a Sarah Kay digi stamp that I had coloured some time ago and I created the scalloped shading round her by masking her with a shape cut with my Cricut and spraying round the edges with the Letrajet in the same shade as the background.

I mounted the image on a piece of dark blue mirri card and added three,  3d silver  butterflies to tie it all together.

I'm not sure how quickly the Promarkers will run out using this system - or how long the can of air will last - but I really enjoyed using it and can think of lots of different ways to use it in the future. I wore a thin plastic glove on my left hand as I was using that to hold the mask down and otherwise I think I would have had a very blue hand! It's also probably a good idea to wear something old in case the spray goes where it shouldn't while you are learning how to use it - but to be fair I didn't make much mess at all. I was just expecting that I would.

Hope you like my first effort! I'd love to hear from anyone else who has this system.


Judi said...

Great card Yvonne! Glad to see you finally managed to get in your craft room again, and look forward to seeing your new toy in action - although you would of course have to be available for that, lol!!


Judi xxx

sandy's crafty bits said...

wow yvonne what a super card ... love sarah kay and you have coloured her in just right love the little flutterbyes tooooo ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

coops said...

stunning card yvonne.the airbrushing looks fabulous and i love the pretty image and butterflies ;D

xx coops xx

♪♫♥ Charity Crafter ♪♫♥ said...

This is lovely x Leigh x

lizzies said...

Stunning card, love the way you have done your background.

Lizzie (Docrafts)

Catherine said...

Gorgeous card!

Wendy said...

Gorgeous card,fabulous airbrushing.
Wendy xx

CraftyLoops said...

Wow, what a fantastic technique, Im sure you had fun using it. Beautiful card, Sarah Kay images are so lovely. Lee xx

Heather said...

its fab Yvonne xx

alifrew said...

It's not a technique I've tried before, but you're tempting me!! I feel a shopping trip coming on after seeing your beautiful card xx

sue said...

gorgous card sue xx

sparklingblackrose said...

Aww lovely :-) Elaine-xxx-

Kathleen said...

lovely card.
kathleen mc x