Hello there! Happy Sunday! Today I have another card being featured over on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog! I was in need of a sympathy card... those are the hardest for me to make. I am used to creating with bright colors and whimsical images, so when I need to tone it down for something like a sympathy card, it's tough. After lots of doing and un-doing, here is my finished card:
To create my card, I first watercolored a piece of patterned paper from the Cosmo Cricket 8x8 Just Add Watercolor Paper pad. Let me just say that this line is awesome! The paper pad is made of watercolor paper, and embossed with clear embossing and gold foil accents. There are so many designs, and the possibilities are endless! When I first heard about this line, I emailed Vanessa to see if she was going to carry it, and she looked into it and ordered some! She's awesome like that :) Ok, back to my card... After the watercoloring was dry, I used the largest rectangle from the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangles to diecut a piece from the fullsize sheet. Then I used the same die to cut a piece of white cardstock. I placed the Paper Smooches Butterfly Duet dies where I wanted them on the white cardstock and ran that through my diecut machine. Then I added the flight trails using the Paper Smooches Stitched Flourishes dies. I diecut the butterflies again, this time from vellum. I then adhered the watercolor piece to the back of the white diecut panel so that the watercolor would show through the die cut openings. Using a glue pen, I added a few dots of glue to the bodies of the vellum butterflies and glued them onto the watercolor piece. I placed acrylic blocks on top of the butterflies until I knew that the glue was dry, and then carefully folded up the wings of the vellum butterflies. Then I took a paintbrush and some gold metallic watercolor, and added paint splatters all over the panel. I wanted to bring out the gold foil in the watercolored layer, but I didn't want anything too over-the-top. Finally, I added some clear sequins and popped the entire panel up on a white card base using foam tape.
Here is another view so that you can see the layers a bit better:
This card was a bit challenging for me for a number of reasons, but sometimes, it's good to stretch your creative legs...
That's all for me today! Thank you so much, Vanessa, for having me this month!
Dies: Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangles, Paper Smooches Butterfly Duet & Stitched Flourishes
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Just Add Watercolor 8x8 paper pad, White cardstock, Vellum
Other: Kurtake gold watercolor, Pretty Pink Posh 4mm and 6mm Sparkling Clear sequins, Foam Tape