Thursday, June 12, 2008

More Butterflies (Stampin Up Glitter)

When I first got these glitter colours, I wasn't sure about them, but now I like 'em :0). Black & white with colour is all the rage right now in challenges, and I can see why. The white & black lets you really appreciate bold colours.

We made these with my stamp club--Lots of Fun! Isn't there something about sets of things? I think it's why I can't get enough of 3x3 note-card sets. I wanted full sized cards for the galz though, so these are A2 size (4 2/8 x 5 4/8.)

Stamps Used: Define Your Life & two retired sets (Merci sab '08 & Stem Silhouettes)

Colours from left to right: certain celery, soft sky, purely pomegranate, tempting turquoise, lovely lilac.

One of the things I like about SU inks is that they're monochromatic friendly. I love that you can use 'em to get different shades. In my test cards, the silver twig stamping was overpowered by the actual matching coloured markers that went with the cardstock, but then for most of the colours there was a lighter shade. Sounds elementary to most of you I'm sure, but small things like that make me really happy. :0) (Sure sign of an obsessed stamper, lol)
Colours used to coordinate:

Secret code for figurin' this craziness out
(if you're so inclined):
[A)Glitter & cardstock B)Ink for sentiment C) Ink to paint butterfly, D) Marker for berries]
  • A) Certain Celery B) Green Galore C) Green Galore D) Certain Celery
  • A) Soft Sky B) Cool Caribbean C) Cool Caribbean D) Breeze by Close to My Heart (matches Cool Caribbean-- actually it's just a shade more yellow-green)
  • A) Purely Pomegranate B) Pink Passion C) Pink Passion D) Pixie Pink
  • A) Tempting Turquoise B) Tempting Turquoise C)Tempting Turquoise D)Breeze by CTMH
  • A) Lovely lilac B) Lovely Lilac C)Lovely Lilac D) Almost amethyst

To make the butterfly & image:

  • Paint butterfly with wet into wet technique ( I just added a weak wash of reinker & water over the whole butterfly & then painted a thin line of pure reinker along the outside edge of the wing. It bleeds inwards and gives you colour gradiation)
  • Add crystal effects to butterfly body & glitter it
  • Stamp twigs in silver Encore ink
  • Emboss twigs with clear e.p
  • Colour around berries with markers
  • Stamp butterfly antenna (above twigs) by colouring it with a black Stamp'n'write marker
  • Use black marker to edge coloured square of c.s

To make the oval tab:
  • Stamp word of choice
  • Punch with small oval
  • Punch wee horizontal slot out of black c.s. & punch large oval over it
  • Adhere small onto large
  • Add aprx 1” of adhesive on end of white ribbon slide through slot
  • Adhere ribbon to itself & Stick oval tag onto coloured square
To Assemble the Card:
  • Mount image on black & Add image
  • Add brad
  • Stick whole thing onto main card
  • Distress main card edges with black marker & scissors/distressing tool
Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you have a great day! :0)


Kim Etherington said...

I just love these and they looked so much better of course in real life. I'm so lucky to know someone so creative. Keep up the damn good work.

JenMarie said...

W O W ~ Totally gorgeous!

Janine said...

So Pretty Mel... Love them.
Have a fantastic weekend. We are going to Niagara on the Lake... Wine tasting and shopping... YAY!!

Sue from Oregon said...

oh the lucky person to get these! Very pretty!

manybooks said...

THis is an absolutely gorgeous project! Thanks for sharing (ALL of the secrets!) ;)

ChrissyM said...

Gorgeous cards! I'm a big fan of your creations (all of your creations). Every time I read your blog I say Wow!

Erin said...

Wow these are stunning. I absolutely love them. That glitter is YUMMY.

Michelle Pearson said...

love the butterfies....beautiful!
Your RAK is finally going out tomorrow.....I didn't forget, I'm just slow!

Bloggy Mama said...

Love the hanging punch. So neat!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mel,
Really nice cards. I like the way you attached the sentiment.
Hope you have a great weekend.

Beth Norman-Roberts said...

Such stunning work. I'm in love with the colours.

kathleenh said...

Beautiful cards! I agree, sets of things always look great. I love the oval accent piece. I'm tucking that away for future use.

Tonniece said...

They are all lovely Mel. Great colors and design.
Something I need to start doing is sets.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mel!

I love butterflies and these with glitter and different colours are just g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s! TFS! :o)

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Wow, the colors are so pretty! Gorgeous card, as always!

Joani McDonald said...

OMGoodness, these are fabulous! You did a WONDERFUL job! I love how you give all the step-by-steps for people like me ;-)