The challenge was put to me by my creative "muse" to recreate something similar to this card here ---> Victorian Shabby Chic Butterflies
But Jen wanted something soft, cameo and more Victorian. This was the result.
I used some coral colored patterned cardstock from the Old World Stack (from Die Cuts with a View), but noticed that it wasn't going to match any of the Stampin' Up cardstock colors that I had. To tone down my Groova Guava cardstock, I swiped it all over with my Creamy Caramel ink pad first, then let the ink dry and then swiped it with the Whisper White craft pad.
If you ever looked at my Creamy Caramel ink pad, you'd notice that the edges of the pad are pretty smooth and worn....because this is the ink pad I used the most when I "swipe." I'm thinking I might have to buy another pad soon to use for inking up stamps and keep the "worn" ink pad specifically for swiping. I find that it's my favorite color for swiping and aging cardstock. I swiped the Creamy Caramel cardstock that I used on this card, as well. I used the Close to Cocoa ink to swipe around the outside edges of the cardfront just to give a little bit of rough aging to the card.
I distressed the edges of the patterned cardstock and the Creamy Caramel cardstock using the distressing tool from the Cutter Kit to give it a bit more of a shabby look.
I sponged a little bit of Creamy Caramel ink on the Groovy Guava butterflies and vice versa with the Creamy Caramel butterfly. They didn't look shabby enough without it. Yes, I'm all about Emboss Resist lately. :) Like I said yesterday, and oldie but goody.
It's hard to tell from the photos but there is glitter on the edges of the butterflies' wings (you can see the glitter effect a bit better on the photo below). It just felt like I needed to add a little something extra. Sometimes glitter can go way beyond, but other times, it can be used sparingly and give that little something extra that you're looking for.
The butterflies were mounted with a thin sliver of pop-dot squares. I folded their wings up so they looked like they were flying. I adore this effect......it doesn't lend itself well to mailing a card like this, but it's great if you're going to attach the card to a gift and not necessarily in an envelope.
And yes, I cut each of those butterflies out, but it wasn't as tedious as one might think. Now........if I had embossed 30 or 40 of them, it might have seemed tedious. ;)
So......I satisfied my creative "muse's" challenge to me....but she still has another challenge for me that I hope to work on this weekend.
Now, I'm off to cuddle up on the couch with the hubby and watch a movie together. Have a wonderful evening and a fantastic weekend!
Stamps: Touch of Nature set and Much Appreciated set (both Stampin' UP); Cardstock: Groovy Guava, Very Vanilla, Creamy Caramel, Old World patterned cardstock; Ink: Creamy Caramel, Basic Brown, Close to Cocoa, Groovy Guava Classic pads, Versamark, Whisper White Craft ink; clear embossing powder; embossing gun; pop-dots; ribbon charms (Making Memories); 2-way glue pen; Dazzling Diamonds glitter; narrow ivory organdy ribbon; stamping sponges; distressing tool from Cutter Kit