I have a second card to share with you today, and I’m much happier with this one. It uses the same layout as the previous card, and has a lovely soft look to it. I did actually have some trouble with this card and went through a couple of different elements before reaching this result.
I started by stamping the butterfly, which is a new one I got at the weekend made by Knorr Prandell. I stamped it onto a snippet of white and sponged over it with Spun Sugar Distress Ink (another new acquisition!) I then took a coloured pencil and added some darker areas to the butterfly before fussy cutting the wing part of the butterfly.
Next I used a circle die to create a base circle. Initially I created a white circle, stamped the butterfly on, and glued on the wings. It was too plain so I tried stamping a leaf in grey but really didn’t like the way it looked. So I changed my plan, carefully peeled the wings away from the circle, and started over. I instead cut a circle from some grey card, stamped the butterfly on, and embossed it with an embossing folder from the Tim Holtz Springtime Background and Border set. I then glued the wings back into place.
The next problem I had was the background. First I tried just using the card base, which I made from pearlised pink. Again it looked too plain. I ran it through an embossing folder but didn’t like it. So I took a new card base from the same pink, and then created a white panel to go over the top of it. And, you guessed it, I felt it looked too plain. I decided to run it through with the same embossing folder as I’d used for the grey circle.
For the strip down the side I was initially planning on adding a strip of blue but that didn’t seem right. Instead I masked off a strip of the white panel, and sponged over it with the same Spun Sugar Distress Ink.
I did use the blue to create the sentiment strip. I stamped on it with one of the sentiments from Avery Elle’s Petal Panel and heat embossed it in white.
At this point I started assembling the card. I used my tape runner on the back of the white panel and pressed it into place on the card base. I then used a little tape runner in the centre of the sentiment strip and pressed it onto my circle. I applied foam tape to the back of the circle and the ends of the sentiment strip and pressed those into position.
As a final touch I added three little jewels onto the grey circle. I went for blue jewels to help tie in the blue of the sentiment strip.
Despite all the back and forth with this card I’m really pleased with how it turned out. If I’d known how I would end up doing it I would have made sure that the embossing on the circle would properly line up with the embossing in the background in a kind of spotlighting technique. But it looks fine even if it doesn’t match up.
Butterfly Challenge – Butterfly and J is for Jewels and/or Jade
Inkspirational – Flutter
Moving Along With The Times – Swirls and/or Curls (the embossing folder I used has lots of swirls in its pattern)
My Favorite Things Color Challenge – Coral Crush, Persimmon, Berrylicious, Gravel Gray (I don’t have the actual colours, so I used as close as I could manage.)
My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge – Layout
Simon Says Stamp Monday – Spread Your Wings
Sweet Stampin’ – Dies and Punches (I used a circle die!)