Wednesday 2 April 2014

Yellow and White Butterfly

Hello there everyone.  The basis of my card today is a Marianne Butterfly Die which is quite large for the main focus of a card.  I found a card on Pinterest which had tiles with rounded corners, but I'm afraid to say that I am not sure which Pinterest site it was now, but anyway it gave me the idea for this card.

To make the tiles I started with some yellow card which I cut into 1 3/4" square pieces with two of the opposite corners rounded off.  I ran them through a freebie EF with grasses and wild flowers just to give them a bit of a pattern.  I highlighted the embossing with black Memento ink rubbed on afterwards very lightly using a piece of blending foam.  The yellow card was rather an acid yellow which I wanted to soften a bit, so I used a little Memento ink - Bamboo Leaves.  I made sure the ink was perfectly dry before using the UTE Powder.  I rubbed the Versamark all over the tiles and then coated them with the EP and then heat set.  I repeated this process to make sure there was a good thick even coverage.  I layered these tiles on to black card.  The finished tiles have quite an irridescent finish but it doesn't show up very well in the photo.

The butterfly has three layers.  The bottom layer is just embossed and cut, then a die cut layer, these are both in snippets of black card, and then the top layer is a snippet of nice thick yellow vellum.  Originally after cutting the vellum layer I decided to darken up the yellow and aded a little bit of orange, but I didn't like the finished result very much.  I decided on a radical change and rubbed some Versamark on and used WOW EP - Sparkling Snow which is quite opaque, and then added the yellow Promarker round the edges.

After completing the layout of the card, I added a sentiment using a snippet of the yellow card and a    S/B Labels Thirty Three  die, the third smallest.  I stamped the sentiment with a Creative Expressions stamp, and added two little flower shaped button decorated with a little twine.

After messing about with the butterfly rather a lot with the different colouring techniques, I found that one of the fancy shapes at the bottom had broken off, so to even it up I cut the equivalent bit off the other side.  When I had taken the photo I wasn' t too sure about the look of the finished card.  The colour on the tiles looks more green than yellow because I hadn't accounted for the fact that colours become darker and brighter after using the UTE Powder.  Anyway I am entering the card in the following challenges:

Butterfly Challenge - Springtime at Last, which must include the colour yellow.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge which is Anything Goes with Buttons.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop where we use up our snippets of card and paper.

Thank you for stopping by today,
Pat x


MaryH said...

Pat, this is wonderful. Your glazing shows up quite well when I enlarged the picture, and the UTEE really created a nice gleam to the tiles. That is a unique layout & I really like it. Your 3 layer butterfly is beautiful, and I'm impressed with the vellum overlay too. Don't work a lot with vellum, so always interesting to find out how it can be used. I forget the WOW EP's that I have, and go for the same ole, same ole. This really did create a WOW factor on your stunning butterfly. TFS & Hugs

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debby4000 said...

Oh I love those embossed tiles and such a beautiful butterfly Pat.
Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge.

Mrs A. said...

I think you have worried un necessarily as this is just down right gorgeous. Loved reading how you made each part up. The colour is perfect. Yes a slight green effect to the tiles but it offsets the striking yellow of the butterfly. Thank you for littering by #4. Hugs Mrs A.

Di said...

Stunning Pat! Fascinating to read exactly how you made those beautiful tiles - a gorgeous creation indeed!


Darnell said...

So striking, Pat! A really beautiful design and excellent execution!! Hugs, Darnell

1CardCreator said...

Gorgeous card, I love the rounded squares and the clever way you used the embossing folder. Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog andthanks for stopping by and hopping along with Perfect Paper Crafting, best of luck to you! ~Diane

Lynne K said...

What a beautiful design, Pat, quite striking and unusual! I love the embossing, and the gorgeous butterfly of course!


Sarn said...

This is really gorgeous Pat. Love it. xxx

Elizabeth said...

Stunning card Pat. The tiles are fabulous and I like the way you used that free embossing folder - very clever. Elizabeth xx