My First card was inspired by The Muse Card Challenge #223 for this week
done by Anita Bowden
I absolutely love the the coloured swatches Anita has done on her card
with the butterfly over the top. Its a style I have never ever been able to do and
I sadly lack in these style of stamps all together.
I hunted through all that I had and found that the closest I came to swatches was a set of
smaller ones from STAMPlorations that I am sad to say that I bought many years ago and have never used. I sat and played all afternoon with different ideas and ended up feeling that this was a card that
I not only liked but it was also me.
I used the same stamp twice but turned it up side down for the second stamp and of course I stamped with my Distress Oxide Ink. Flicked just a little water as I have used cardstock and didn't want it to swell out of shape. I stamped and coloured a little butterfly with different green copics to get a close match as I didn't want all black.
I used just a small sentiment for the Birthday Wishes as the swatches and butterfly were small and I felt that was what suited better. So though its a different look it was certainly inspired by Anita and I thank her for the inspiration to step outside my usual style.
These next two butterfly cards came about over quite a long process. I had spent a quiet few hours blending Distress Ink colours on Watercolour panels in different mixes and some I put aside as fails or to be worked on. These two panels are from this pile. This first had started a mix of orange and red and become too red, I decided to stamp and white emboss a large butterfly from the Stampendous collection and do some water resist, problem was it really wasn't doing much at all. I had also stamped and white embossed the other panel and managed to bend it in the process, so it was sitting to the side as wastage and the red well a dud.
Then my pencils arrived, my new Prismacolor pencils, all 150 beautiful colours. so after I sat and sharpened then all, I started playing, ohhhhh the joy, the ease. Remembering to colour lightly, blending colours in, layers, not hurting the hands. Yes I have become a pencil addict, not watercolour pencils but pencils like my Polychromos so I can combine the colours and use them together.
Look at those beautiful colours, so a card that was destined for the bin became a beautiful butterfly.
I added a couple of sequins and yes a most unusual front. I had bought these clear photo fronts in a reject shop and they sat amongst the NBUS stuff and fell into my hands and I loved the look.
I attached them with a strip of washi on the side so the recipient can open and look at the beauty
of the butterfly then open the card to read what I have to say to them. A three fold card with a difference. The flash has caught in the reflection of the first photo but the front is a white heart and the sentiment 'best friends'
Now the ultimate save, this is the card that ended up with a fold in it from to vigorous blending. Just love the pencil blending and the photos overs-heet.
Look at those rich colours, achieved so easily with very little effort from the hands.
Love this butterfly, great for practicing and beautiful to look at.
Again I have attached the Photo clear panel with washi tape at the side, this time a white with gold spots. You & Me in White
Not sure if we have any challenges I can add these too.
Without the topping this time.
You & Me Butterfly Card
Best Friends Card
You & Me card
Thanks so much for coming to have a look and I hope you come again soon