Monday, January 9, 2017

Butterfly wishes

I know I may be pushing it just a bit but now that Christmas is over I am ready for spring, and all that goes with it. I thought it would be pretty to color in some nice soft spring colors to match the paper I used for the background. I used my spectrum markers to color it.

I decided that I would like a shadow behind the die, so my first step was cutting a strip of cardstock that would be in the center of my card, I wanted a slight border on it so I used the Memory Box Country stitches die on either side of the panel, I love how you can add these stitches anywhere on your project.  Next I cut out the Memory Box Kensington Branch die and laid it on the panel right where I wanted it.

Then I laid my piece of cardstock that I cut the die out with back over the piece taped down the ends and carefully lifted my die cut back out so now I could stencil through the open areas for my shadow.

Once again it is best to use a pounding motion instead of swiping when using these as stencils. Just lift a corner and check to see if you have the kind of coverage you would like before totally taking the stencil away, after checking I went a little darker with my ink choice, but you may want it a little more subtle.

Then I just applied my die cut to the card, offsetting just a bit so you can see the shadow behind. I did add a little bit of the Spectrum glitter marker to the butterflies after, but I suggest doing that before as you see I went off the butterflies a bit onto my background.

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Janice said...

Really pretty Spring card! A fabulous idea to place a shadow behind the flowers, thank you for the tutorial. Love your stitched border too!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

What a clever card Connie and thanks so much fir syaring the steps, that's always grand! Much appreciated. Love the layout you've chosen!!
Thanks for sharing your inspiration,
Shaz in Oz.x

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Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Actually Connie, this could go in Mrs A.'s Butterfly challenge which is Z for Zuchini (greens though to yellow) and z for zero and you lime dots are like zeros. Just a thought think it finishes tomorrow. Xxx

Birgit said...

Oh Connie, this is stunning! I love how you used the negative card stock as a stencil for the background. It really sets your butterflies off nicely. The stitched border is a wonderful addition too!!

Kim said...

Such a gorgeous card. This pretty card will certainly herald in Spring, though you might have to wait a while as I am not ready to say goodbye to Winter yet....sorry. =) I always love to read how you fashion your lovely cards, Connie....thank you.

handmade by amalia said...

Another gorgeous card, Connie. I like the way you keep using different techniques, always with wonderful results.

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

This is so beautiful, I love the soft spring time colors :)

Donna Ellis said...

How beautiful and light hearted, Connie! I especially like how you used the "stencil" effect to create pretty backgrounds! hugs, de

Monika/Buzsy said...

Lovely card Connie. That die-cut is so pretty... butterflies are my favorites... so elegant and delicate... love the soft sponging behind the die-cut image.

Christine said...

Perfect card for spring with those soft pastel colours and details! Beautifully made Connie!
I darn't think about spring yet as we have snow forecast!

Esther Asbury said...

I can almost hear the birds chirping and see the trees budding with this lovely spring card! Such an elegant die cut - love the idea of sponging behind it!

Anonymous said...

Connie, your card has made me hopeful that this winter will end. I know it has only started but I'm ready for spring. I love the butterflies!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

So pretty and so Spring like!! We have had temps. in the 20's here for high's but a warm up is coming this week with temps. near 50!
Thanks for the breath of Spring which we will not be seeing here for some time!!
Thanks for visiting!!

Leslie Miller said...

Anytime is a good time for a beautiful spring card like this! I'm ready for a change in my card making, too, after all those Christmas cards. Neat idea for how you did the sponging, and I really love the stitched borders.

Debbie said...

this card surely represents spring well, what a beauty. gorgeous concept and colors, i'm a huge fan of butterflies!!!

Lowcarb team member said...

Yes roll on Spring one of my favourite seasons ...

This card is just perfect for a Spring day, or just to get you thinking spring-like thoughts! I like it.

All the best Jan