Saturday, April 21, 2012

Butterfly Love



Hi there, I hope your weekend is off to a great start.  Thanks for starting it with my Saturday post for Our Creative Corner.  Again this week, Irena Kowalczyk aka Rudlis from “Love, life and crafts” is our host.  She has a sweet challenge for us this week - butterflies.  Butterflies make me happy; they make me SMILE, dancing crazily in the sunshine in such a seemingly carefree way.  I actually had my butterfly card finished and waiting in the wings for this challenge.  I made it a few weeks back with the wonderful Artistic Outpost March release - Flower Market.  Oooh, that set has so many wonderful images in it.  You already know that the little sweetheart with the butterfly net has become a big favorite of mine.  Now, how about those poppies and the wonderful vintage French style Marche aux Fleurs stamp?  Wonderful, and I used them all for this card.  Once a designer paper addict, I am slowly becoming comfortable with stamping the backgrounds for my cards.  I was taking the Creative Chemistry 101 class the week I made this and decided just to play.  So I stamped all the stamps in Ranger Jet Black Archival ink and sponged it with Broken China and a bit of Scattered Straw, then edged it in Vintage Photo.  A bit of spritz and flick, which I can't seem to master, and my background was finished.  

Next I cut a black panel and a chipboard panel with the Vintage Cabinet card die, which by the way is back in the shop here.  I inked up the Damask texture fade with an Encore Ultimate Metallic Gold pad and ran my black cabinet card panel through it.  What a cool texture that created!  An opening was cut in the cabinet card panel with the large ticket Mover and Shaper die and the Marche aux Fleurs panel was affixed behind it.  Then that entire layer was affixed onto the chipboard cabinet card die cut.  All of my butterflies were stamped on white CS, sponged with Broken China and Scattered Straw ink and fussy cut.    I just felt that it somehow needed more gold so I added the two bright brass pieces of filigree metals.  Oh, and I sprayed the background and the Marche aux Fleurs panel with Biscotti Perfect Pearls before I assembled the entire piece.  I'm sort of disappointed about how this card shows up in the photos because it is really pretty IRL.

I wanted to show how I cut the window in the Vintage Cabinet Card die cut.  I layer two Movers and Shapers together, in this case the Vintage Cabinet Card Die and the Ticket Movers & Shapers Die.  I usually run a scrap piece of paper through first just to make sure the smaller die is centered perfectly and the margins are equal on each side.  I don't know if all the M&S dies work this way.  I have noticed some fit together and some don't.  But when they do, it works so perfectly to cut windows in your larger die cuts!  Both of these dies, by the way, are available in The Funkie Junkie Boutique at great prices.
That's it for my Our Creative Corner piece this week.  I hope you will stop by the OCC blog and maybe even hop through the DT's blogs and leave them some love.  Lots of beautiful butterfly art to see this week!

13 comments:

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...this is beautiful in so many ways...butterflies make a great subject too...Mel :)

lainey said...

Beautiful Linda!! lurrrve your colour scheme, gorgeous :) lainey x

Suzanne C said...

WOWZer is this gorgeous! Love the rich and elegant feel!

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Beautiful!

Michelle Webb said...

Oh this is an outstanding card, I just love all the stamping and layers of interest. Beautiful. Michelle x

Karen Aicken said...

Oooooh - this is just lovely. I am always a fan of butterflies. My favourite part though, is how you cut the label out of the library card panel. I would NEVER have thought of that and I love that idea!
Cheers, Karen

Anita Houston said...

This is so regal and elegant. I am loving how you did the ticket die...brilliant idea...I'm lifting that!

MarcyK924 said...

AWESOME technique with the die! This is so elegant Linda!

Sue said...

Hello Linda
I am so pleased to hear that you are having issues with spray and flick technique---I thought I was the only one!
You really didn't need it too much on this card anyway as it is just gorgeous, I am impressed with the colour palette, the gold adds richness, and the embossing wonderful texture, I can imagine it looks much better in real life.
Smiles:)
Sue

Sue C said...

Gorgeous Linda ! I love the black and gold and the way the ticket die fits so perfectly into th cabinet die. The stamps are really making my mouth water, and of course the filigree metal is the perfect touch ! Sue C x

Sharon said...

Linda, your card is so elegant and regal looking! Very creative with using two dies for your decorative panel piece. the color scheme is perfect and the stamps are just gorgeous!
Hope your weekend is wonderful. hugs, sharon w.

Kristin said...

That background is SO amazing! I love the letterpress effect you did on it with the gold - so gorgeous. Great idea with the die cutting, very smart! Have a great week!

Tui Nathan said...

A fabulous creation Linda ... love that Sizzix die, love all the tiny wee butterflies ...and love the rich and regal colour pallette!!!

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