Saturday, November 15, 2014

Butterfly Thanks

I have a really fun technique for this card I created today that I'd like to share with you!

I wanted a very simple, but pretty thank you card for my stock of cards. All the cards you see that I create for projects, or just for fun, are kept and then given to friends or family! I'm also looking at using handmade cards to send to my photography clients as well. I think anyone would appreciate receiving a handmade card in the mail in the days of email, social media and Instagram!

For the pink layer in the back of the card, I used the Vintage Floral, Rose Plaid embossing folder. This design is gorgeous. And it's a bigger 6"x6" embossing folder, so this would be great to use to use for a scrapbook page element, or to die cut images. The paper I used for the pink, which you can't see the beautiful shimmer in the photo, was the 6"x6" Shimmering Cardstock, Pink Pearl. It's so pretty!

I then chose a strip of aqua paper to use behind my butterfly image to make the butterfly pop against the pink background. 

The little thank you sentiment I have stamped onto patterned paper from the Sentimentals, Vintage stamp set (which is amazing by the way, so you'll be seeing more of that set on the blog) in Memento, Tuxedo Black. I then glued that to a chipboard button shape I have and sanded the edges and set it aside. 

For the butterfly, I first colored stripes of color, not making it perfect, onto a sheet of the Spectrum Noir High Gloss Cardstock with my Spectrum Noir Markers in PL3, BP5, CR6, and IB3. I then took my Spectrum Noir Blending Solution Reinker and used the dropper and dropped on the solution right on the cardstock. I waited for that to dry and then took the Die'Sire Butterflies die set and ran it through my die cutting machine. 

I then adhered a strip of simple pearls for the butterfly's body in the center, and used my Extra Strong Permanent Tape Runner (which I HIGHLY recommend for EVERY crafting project you have) and adhered it down to the aqua and pink layers. I then used the same adhesive and snuck in the thank you sentiment circle behind the wing. I only glued down the center/solid portion of the butterfly so I could curl up the wings to provide some movement to the card. 

I hope you enjoyed the technique and that you try that soon! And you can use any coloring method you want. You can blend it smoothly in lines, circles, diagonals, or just dot on colors here and there, and even use just one single color and the blender solution. Have fun with it! 

Visit Crafter's Companion to see all the wonderful dies and embossing folders offered and have some fun with your cards. 

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