Sometimes you just have to go outside of your creative comfort zone, right? After all, that’s how we grow as crafters. I wanted to use the beautiful Altenew Painted Butterflies stamps, but I had no idea how to properly integrate them on a design. So I ventured into my printed Online Card Class booklets and checked for techniques that would work. And of course it was Laura Bassen who came to the rescue when I created my card for the Make The Day Special Stamp Store.
First, I masked off the card so only the center would remain open. Then I used a Mama Elephant stamp and light grey ink to create a subtle background pattern. Once that was dry, I added the circles. Do you see the dashes around the centerpiece? I had lined up my stamp in a weird way so that there was a gap between where the pattern started and the edge of my mask. To “hide” this, I drew that border 🙂
The butterfly … well. It took me a few attempts to get it right. I actually spent two evenings practicing each butterfly – to align the stamps, which color combinations work, how to combine dye and pigment inks. I also used a permanent marker to draw lines around the stamps that go together so it would be easier in the future to quickly pick out the pieces.
I fuzzy cut the butterfly when it was done and applies some Wink of Stella to give it some sparkle. And of course now I can’t wait to use the stamp set again. I finished the card by sprinkling some sequins by Pretty Pink Posh on it and voilà, done with it!
I’m also sending this card off the following challenges: Cure For the Monday Blues #40. I got inspired by the pretty colors in the challenge images – aren’t they just wonderfully cheerful?
I hope you got inspired. Have a wonderful day!