Yesterday, I was working on a canvas and used my photo corner punch on some paper from the Ebony and Alabaster paper pack (from GinaK Designs) and when I paged past the paper with the flourish and polka dots on it (seen on this card), I thought about how pretty it would look cut down to fit on a card with the flourish in the corner.
I took my daughter out for a mom&me date to see The Tale of Despereaux and when we got home, I was itching to take that paper out and get to work. (By the way, the movie was fantastic and I highly recommend it!)
I hadn't planned to go with only two colors when I planned this card out in my head, but sometimes things go differently than planned and the result is even better than what you have planned.
I started out with a Basic Black card base. This color of card base is great for using your gel pens to write on the inside....or using metallic inks to stamp a greeting on the inside. You can calso mount a lighter color cardstock on the inside to write and stamp on, if you like.
I chose More Mustard as my second color. I mounted a layer of More Mustard on top of the Basic Black. Then, I cut the piece of patterned paper with the flourish on top of that. I love the grungy look of this paper.....it's so my style!
I cut a strip of More Mustard cardstock at 1/2 inch height and stamped it with one of the greetings from the Take Flight set (from GinaK Designs). For a little while longer, you can get this set FREE with the purchase of 3 other sets from GinaK Designs. This has quickly become my new favorite butterfly set! I love the realistic look of the butterflies and the possibilities for coloring are endless. I stamped the greeting with Versamark and then embossed it with black embossing powder.
I stamped the larger of the two butterflies from the Take Flight set with Versamark ink on More Mustard cardstock and embossed it with black embossing powder. I cut it out using my precision tip scissors.
To add a little bit of subtle shading, I watercolored some More Mustard ink on the butterfly. To do this, I squeezed the lid of the pad against the pad itself, then opened it up and added a couple drops of water with a paintbrush and created my own watercolor paint.
I folded the wings of the butterfly up and mounted it on the card using the center of the butterfly only. This way, the wings stand up off the card, making the butterfly look 3-dimensional.
Oh......and make sure that you head over to Melanie Muenchinger's blog on January 1st for her Blogaversary! The celebration starts at midnight on Jan. 1st and she has some AMAZING give-aways coming up that you won't want to miss out on!