The result of this technique reminds me of a tie-dye shirt from the past. The basic idea has been showing up on lots of blogs lately, so I thought I would give it a try and pair it with the new Vivienne (98265) and Darla (98264) Butterfly dies. Here's how I started:
I gathered several water-based markers. I like the new Distress Markers from Tim Holtz. They really hold their color - even when spritzed with water - the colors stay vibrant. Next, I took a 4x6 acrylic block and colored randomly all over the block with the markers. I spritzed the block with water, laid my paper down over it and rubbed gently, to absorb the marker colors. I let it dry a few minutes before die cutting the Darla butterfly. I cut the Vivienne Butterfly from navy shimmer paper for the overlay, and added the sentiment Just A Note combo (B1852) to finish the card.
I've used this idea in the past by putting color - whether markers, ink pads, or paints - onto my craft sheet and laying paper over it to get the color. For some reason, I found the acrylic block gave me a different look. You will get varied outcomes based on the paper you use, the amount of water used, and the markers you choose. SO, play around with it and find the look you like best.
Have a great weekend.