Do you ever get an idea that you can hardly wait to try? This was one of those for me. I think I may have mentioned that one of my hobbies is gardening (well... it was one before hurting my hip - now it is mostly watching my family garden - LOL). Anyways - I love to add little things to discover amongst the beauty that nature provides. When I first saw the Lockhart butterflies I knew that at some point these would end up being a garden "prop". It all came together for me when the reality that Copics were indeed an alcohol based ink and therefore would work beautifully on metal, and glass, and vellum, and... the excitement level for these awesome little tools has shot me right up to Mars - maybe even Jupiter :D
So here you have my first little experiment - it certainly can use some finessing (notice the lack of antennae - way too excited to even remember such subtle details :D), but at least I hope it inspires you to start thinking outside the box with these gorgeous little creatures.
First I stamped on this awesome metal (I used the copper sheeting) using Brilliance black ink. I heat set it before continuing (be certain to use your tweezers to hold the metal because it gets HOT! - hmmm - how do you think I know the answer to that little problem? :D) Using simple little scissors I then cut out the butterfly - it is surprising how easily this metal cuts. I then took my small point embossing stylus and outlined the image. This was followed up by turning the image over and using the different sized ball ends to finish adding detail to the image. I really like these little stylus, first because they are ergonomic and therefore my fingers don't get as tired while holding these and using them. Secondly because there are six different sized ball tips starting with a VERY fine point.
The next step is the one that I was SO curious as to whether it would work. I was tickled pink with the results! The Copic Markers work beautifully to color the metal!!! I certainly need a little more practice to get it down, but woohoo - it's a start ladies! If you do not have any alcohol ink markers I am thinking that Sharpies would work as well and they come in a lot of delightful colors now as well.
To attach the butterfly to the 20-gauge copper wire I used Glossy Accents from Ranger. It took about a minute of holding it in place and then I could let it stand upright in a jar to complete the drying process over night. I curled the wire a few times around a pencil to get the curl and then voila it was ready to be planted :D
So tell me - genius, or what!?! LOL!!! Have fun making your own little garden stakes. Wouldn't they be darling to give to your mom's for Mother's Day? She could even put them into an indoor houseplant :D Have fun and please share your versions with me when you make some!