Friday, August 16, 2013

Butterfly Mini Cards

I am always digging around looking for a quick birthday card.  My girls are constantly running off to birthday parties for friends and usually come in at the last minute.  When I saw the new Simple Sayings from Darkroom door my mind started thinking about a series of cards featuring the new Eclectic Butterfly and a variety of of the simple sayings.

I decided to try a few different ideas when stamping my butterflies.  My first one focused on pastel chalks.  I started with stamping the butterfly using Versamark on white cardstock.  I used STAEDTLER Pastel Chalks to smear color over the surface.   I love how it makes a soft glow to the butterfly.  I decided to use my shadow and enhance it with a line of yellow STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell watercolor pencil around the edge. I softened the line with a touch of water from the water brush. I stamped the sweet sentiment using Ranger Distress Ink Picked Raspberry over the center. 

My next butterfly was embossed:
I stamped the butterfly using Ranger Archival Ink - Veridian and sprinkled Stampendous - Aged Teal embossing enamel over the surface. I purposely only sprinkled in areas to give the uneven effect of stamped areas versus the embossed areas. I added the sentiment and followed the same creative process.

I decided to create a card with just using the pretty colors from the dye inks.

Quickest card ever! Perfect size for a pocket on the inside for the gift cards the girls are always giving their friends. I used Ranger Distress Inks - Seedless Preserves and Ripe Persimmons.

I decided to play with paint on the beautiful butterfly:
I inked up the butterfly using a  Ranger Distress Paint dauber.  I stamped it  and heat embossed  with Stampendous Crystal Embossing Powder. The background is stamped using the Darkroom Door Word Stamp - Creativity and the Ripe Persimmons.  I coated the background with the crystal embossing powder as well.

I had fun using a variety of inks and techniques to create a series of cards and now I  have on hand a handful of mini cards for my daughters to use.

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  1. fab to see the different effects you can get Sue but I do love your first one with the beautiful soft glow to it.

  2. These are all wonderful Suzanne but I especially love the first one - the glow you have achieved with the chalks looks fabulous. Very nice placement of the gems too! Nicola x

  3. All so beautiful, I can't decide which is my favourite,
    Rosie x

  4. beautiful, love the butterflies on the different backgrounds!

  5. The cards are all so beautiful! Using the same stamp and the cards all looks diffrent!

    Have a lovely day//Gunilla

  6. What an awesome set of cards Suzz. It's always amazing to see a variety of cards using the same stamp.

  7. Three lovely card Suzanne, I especially love butterflies, they are like a magnet to me. The first one is sooo pretty such delicate colours. Hugs Dee x

  8. Great results with these butterflies!

    kind regards, Alie ;-)


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