Hi there all. I am last minute again for a couple of my favourite challenges. I say every month I am going to get ahead but things keep getting in the way. I nearly missed the last Twofer Challenge, and have made it through the door with about a day to spare. It is run by Darnell and the theme this time is butterflies. We have to make two cards for two different occasions using the same stamp or die. The stamp used on both cards is from Chocolate Baroque's Fluttering Hearts set. Here are the cards:
I am entering these cards into the Twofer Challenge - No. 5 Butterflies.
The first card is an anniversary card using the CB stamp, a square stitched die from The Works, a heart from a set by Sweet Dixie, and a Cuttlebug embossing folder called Kimmy-Luvs, which is so old they don't make it any more, but it remains a favourite of mine.
I started with a piece of white card which I die cut with the stitched square and using Candied Apple Distress Ink I inked up the inside front piece of the embossing folder, spritzed it and then pressed the card on to it to give this loose watercolour look for the background, and I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Smokey Gray ink. I then stamped the image twice on to a piece of white card and fussy cut the butterfly on one and the heart on the other. I decided to do it in two pieces to give it more dimension when layered up. I coloured both using a combination of Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron Distress Inks using a Wink of Stella pen instead of a waterbrush which gives it all a lovely glittery finish. I decided to layer the heart and butterfly on to another heart cut with the Sweet Dixie die, and blended Mermaid Lagoon ink on to it again using blending foam. I finished by layering it on to a 6" square white card.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Use More Than One Stamp.
Happy Little Stampers May Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes/Optional Twist CAS.
The second card has just the butterfly part of the CB stamp plus a stamp from their Texture Fragments set, a Tonic Scalloped square die, and a Sheena Douglass embossing folder from her Textures range, but which again doesn't seem to be available now.
I found a snippet of white card, die cut it with the scalloped die and dry embossed it using the Sheena Douglas EF, then mounted it on to my 6" square white card. I then die cut the stitched square from a smaller scalloped die using another snippet of white card and stamped the Texture Fragment stamp on to it several times to cover it using Versamark Ink and heat embossed using WOW Clear Gloss EP. I then inked in stripes using Candied Apple, Fossilised Amber and Mermaid Lagoon, and the orange, green and purple are a mixture of these primary colours, together with a stripe of Picked Raspberry DI. I stamped just the butterfly part of the CB stamp on to another snippet of white card using the Versafine grey ink and heat embossed with WOW Silver Embossing Powder, and fussy cut it. I coloured in just part of the butterfly with a mixture of Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon DI and coloured with the WOS pen which I also brushed over the whole of the butterfly to give a sparkle to the white bits too. I finished by die cutting the sentiment using WOW silver foil instead of mirri card, just as an experiment to see what the finish was like in comparison. I glued the foil to a snippet of white card using Stick It adhesive and then die cut. It worked well and I think the foil has a brighter look than the mirri, but it was a rather fiddly procedure so not sure that I will be doing it that way again.
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
CAS Watercolour May Challenge - Rainbow. I hope this is CAS enough with the background embossed layer, but it is white so hopefully will be OK.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 326 where we use our snippets of card, paper etc.
Allsorts Challenge - Happy 9th Birthday.
Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope to see you again soon.