Poll: Help me finish my card! {Love Butterflies}

I’ve recently discovered the talented Jennifer McGuire. I love watching her videos and perusing her blog. Her projects inspired me to experiment with Distress Inks, which I have never used before. I bought a small package of spots when they went on sale at Hobby Lobby last week. Tonight I decided to use them and made this card.

Overall, I’m very happy with how it turned out, but I wasn’t sure about the blue/green butterfly. I experimented with some other colors, which you can see below. Please help me finish my card and vote which butterfly looks best here!

So what do you think? Vote below.

What color should the butterfly be?

 
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 As for how I made the card, I used watercolor paper (Tim Holtz brand), and with the Ranger mini round ink blender, I blended 3 colors of Distress Inks: Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, and Peacock Feathers. Then, I sprayed some shimmer mist (made with 70% alcohol and shimmer paint) onto a craft sheet and using a paint brush, flicked the liquid all over the watercolor paper. I also did the same thing with plain water, which resulted in larger/lighter splotches.

The word “love” was handwritten in my “fake calligraphy” style on white card stock. Using the same 3 Distress Ink colors, I blended around the edges of the white card stock. Then, I matted the white card stock onto a piece of Stampin’ UP! Pool Party card stock, and another layer of white. That panel is attached to the card with foam tape.

For the butterfly, I stamped the image from Papillon Potpourri in Memento black ink. For the blue/green butterfly, I used the same 3 Distress Inks I used for the background. The other two were made with Distress Ink also–Mustard Seed/Picked Raspberry. I cut out the butterfly using the Elegant Butterfly Punch, then attached it to the card with a stampin dimensional.

Valentine’s Day Greeting

I made this Valentine’s Day card for a swap, using the Greeting Card Kids stamp set. If you recognize the image, I used it not too long ago to make Valentine card treats for my daughter’s classmates.

I decided to take off the hearts since it was hiding all the work I did to layer the ribbon! The ribbon is White 3/8″ Taffeta layered with Pretty in Pink 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon. I wrapped it around a layer of Love Patterns DSP, on a Whisper White base.

At the bottom of the DSP, I stamped “LOVE” from Filled with Love stamp set in Real Red Craft ink, then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.

I forgot to take a picture, but inside, I lined the card with Pretty in Pink card stock and added a red heart made with the Small Heart Punch.

Love Birds {Fall Theme}

With an upcoming fall wedding (well, I haven’t technically been invited yet, but I know the invitation’s coming since I helped make them) I have autumn colors on the brain. This started out as a possible wedding invitation, but by leaving off any type of “you’re invited” sentiment, it’s general enough to use for any occasion really.

This card is 5″ x 7″ finished size, with the base color being Crumb Cake. I stamped the front with the Woodgrain stamp in the same crumb cake ink. Across the front, I added a strip of chocolate chip card stock, paper pierced along the bottom.

The main image is from Season of Friendship, stamped on Very Vanilla card stock in chocolate chip ink for the trunk, so saffron, pumpkin pie, and cajun craze for the leaves. As for the birds, I stamped them in taken with teal ink, then cut them out. In order for them to face each other, I turned over one of the birds and stamped all over the back with the stamp and taken with teal ink. Then, I used the White Gel Pen to make a little eye and that’s it–now they’re love birds! I attached them to the tree with 2 mini glue dots each.

In the lower corner, I stamped “love” from Tiny Tags in chocolate chip ink. I LOVE those little brackets–they are too cute.

I distressed the edges of the very vanilla card stock with the Cutter Kit distressing tool and rubbed some Creamy Caramel ink around the edges with a Sponge Dauber. Then, the very vanilla was layered with Cajun Craze and attached to the base.

Finally, I sprayed the whole front of the card with Shimmer Mist that I made using 70% Rubbing Alcohol and Frost Shimmer Paint.

Until the invitations are mailed, I don’t want to post a picture and spoil the surprise–so be on the lookout for the invitation that made the cut!

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