Thursday, May 8, 2008


Yes, I've been missing. Nothing wrong, just busy with other things, and it's been over a week since I've been able to actually sit down and complete a card. And I've really missed that. So today, a little bit here and there, in between other things, I managed to get one done. And even better, it's a double challenge card. I combined the sketch challenge and the ways to use it challenge for this week on splitcoast.

I made the background yesterday when I was at my sister's house. I was just playing around with my chalk inks and stamped it using a Lizzie Anne set called In the Meadow. Since I wanted to incorporate the sketch challenge into this card, I decided to use the background and keep with the rust and vanilla color scheme. So I made the half circles from rust and black and used a plastic canvas circle as a guide to add the copper brads.

The central image is also part of the same set, stamped twice in rust and once in black. The I used markers to just lightly fill in the flowers to make them stand out a bit more.

The butterfly is made from two layers of cereal box chipboard. I used a butterfly die and my cuttlebug to cut it out, then glued the layers together and painted it with white acrylic paint. The edges are sponged with chocolate chip and really rust ink and the flower from Inkadinkado is stamped in only orange, rock & rolled in pink passion. The acrylic paint must absorb a lot of the color, because it looks very muted.

The center panel and the butterfly are both raised on foam mounting tape. After I had the card all put together, I decided I wanted to add a little bling to the butterfly, so I dotted the flower center with crystal effects and added dazzling diamonds glitter. A really strange thing happened when I put on the crystal effects -- it turned yellow! I have no idea why, because there is no yellow ink on this card. It doesn't really hurt the card. I just thought it was weird.

stamps: in the meadow (Lizzie Anne Designs), flower (Inkadinkado)
ink: really rust, basic black, only orange, pink passion, chocolate chip, colorbox chalk ink (don't remember which color I used)
paper: basic black, very vanilla, really rust, cereal box chipboard
other: cuttlebug, butterfly die, circles nestabilities, copper brads, piercing tool, plastic canvas circle, crystal effects, dazzling diamonds glitter, foam mounting tape

I'm so glad you stopped by.


beate said...

Beautiful card! Il ove the stamp and colors you used. Love the scallops, the brads and your butterfly.
Hugs and smiles

Anonymous said...

I like the colors on this!! I think you pulled this sketch off very well!!

Susan (rainy) said...

Glad your back Melody! And with such a gorgeous card. This sketch totally scared me. But you have created another one of your beauties. Love your butterfly, too.

Dee Jackson aka stampincuzILuv2 said...

This is beautiful!!Wow I love the colors