This is the fourth card I’ve made using the Simon Says Stamp Hopping Along card kit. (Click here to see the others.) I did bring in a stamp that wasn’t included in the set this time – the very pretty butterfly stamp. The other stamps and the sequins are from the kit.
The floral panel is one I made when I first played with the Mod Flower Background stamp. First I stamped and heat embossed the background with clear embossing powder onto watercolour paper. I then watercoloured each section using Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. Then when I came to start making this card I trimmed down the panel with my paper trimmer to make a hexagon.
Next I stamped a Knorr Prandell butterfly onto another piece of watercolour paper and heat embossed it, this time using gold. I then took some pigment inks in various shades of blue and sponged them onto the butterfly. I also went in with a bit of dark purple along the edge closest to the butterfly’s body to add more depth. I then carefully fussy cut the image staying as close to the embossed line as possible.
For my sentiment I used some masking to create the sentiment I wanted from a couple of different stamps in the Easter Greetings set from the card kit. First I gold heat embossed the “hello” onto a piece of vellum. Initially I was going to use a strip with torn edges but the tearing just looked too messy… So I fussy cut around the hello, and created a second, neat-edged vellum strip to add the rest of my sentiment to. I masked off the “Easter” from the centre, and stamped and embossed each side at a time before doing the next.
I used my glue pen behind the lines of the “hello” and, with the strip lined up on the flower panel, pressed the hello into position. I then used Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue on the back off the butterfly and pressed that into place too. Turning the floral panel over I scored the ends of the vellum strip and bent them around behind the panel. I attached them in place with the foam tape that I was adding to the back of the panel, then adhered the floral panel to the card base.
As a final touch I used some of the Sunshine Mix sequins that came with the kit to add a little extra embellishment to the card.
Initially I was worried about how this card would turn out. I couldn’t quite get the plan together in my mind, the first couple of butterflies I made just didn’t seem right, and as I mentioned my attempt at vellum tearing was a mess. In the end though I think it turned out rather well! I do still struggle with sequins though… I have quite a hard time working out how many to use, how to group them, where to place them…
Butterfly Challenge – Butterflies, Repeat and Night Sky (The flower background is a repeating pattern, and I aimed for night sky colours with my butterfly.)
CAS-ual Fridays – No Dies (All the cutting was done either using my paper trimmer or by fussy cutting.)
Mod Squad – Use Gold
Muse – Inspiration Card (I picked up on almost all the elements – flowers, shades of blue, white panel with orange, vellum sentiment strip, gold heat embossing, sequins…)
TCP Tuesdays – Spring
Uniko Challenge – Spring
Watercooler Wednesday – Anything Goes
Work It Wednesday – Spring