Today I’ve created a feminine spring but slightly edgy card with the splattery-bubbly butterfly stamp from the Visible Image Live Life Now stamp set. I’m fortunate enough to have several very strong women in my life, and I am sending this card to one of them whom I cherish and admire.
I started with a card front base of Strathmore Bristol Paper, which I wet down with water and then sprinkled on some Ken Oliver Color Bursts in Merlot and Lemon Yellow. I wanted a bit more soft pink so I also added some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Spun Sugar. Once I achieved the splotchy look I was hoping for, I made sure the whole card front was fully dry with my heat tool.
Next I used a MISTI to repeatedly stamp the butterfly until I got a fairly dark, saturated image. But it wasn’t quite what I had imagined so I used a Momento Tuxedo Black Marker to fill in some areas that weren’t stamping well due to the now slightly irregular card front texture (some of the Color Burst pigment grains had not fully liquified). Even still, I wasn’t totally satisfied with the dull black butterfly so I decided to try heat embossing. I used VersaMark Ink and some Ranger Black Embossing Powder to fully emboss the messy/sketchy butterfly, and ohhh! All of a sudden it seemed to come to life!
For the sentiment, I rummaged through my stash of sentiment stamps and rub on sentiments and found the word “CHERISH” in a beautiful swirly font rub on that I thought would complement and not distract from the focal point butterfly. I carefully rubbed it onto the whole lower part of the card front.
Next I inked the edges of the card front with some Versafine Black Onyx Ink before popping the whole card front onto a soft pink card base, backing it fun foam scraps for a bit of dimension.
For finishing touches and a bit of sparkle, I added sequins in black, pale pink, true pink, yellow gold and lemon yellow. I placed the appropriately colored sequins on the background areas to match the watercolored background. I also used a bit of ebony black glitter glue to add a bit of extra shine and texture on top of the black sequins, along the body of the butterfly, and strategically on some of the splattery-bubbly parts of the butterfly.
The following is a process video of crafting this card:
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This card is being entered into the following challenges:
CropStop Link Party Challenge #38
Addicted to CAS Bubbles Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Sparkle and Shine Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Dies and Punches Challenge
Card Mania Spring Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with Optional Use Vellum Challenge
Oddball Art Messy and Sketchy Challenge