Monday, February 23, 2015

Butterfly Birthday

Happy Monday!
Frigid temps here today and looks like tomorrow too. A couple of great days for staying in and crafting.  I have been having fun with watercolouring "parts" for future cards and today's card uses one of these so called parts.  The fabby 
Miss Darnell is hosting over at Inkspirational and the inspiration photo had me pondering from day one.  

I have come up with the above. All parts of this card have some sort of texture and that's what I was aiming for based on the inspiration.  I started with a sheet of card stock in my stash from PTI.  It's hard to see, but it has a grey-ish blue tint from the pattern on it.  I believe it was some sort of a grid cs to use with their Guide Lines stamps.  I was never able to quite figure out how to use the stamps with it, but lets just say that this is a NBUS item now put to use.  I used an old EF called Debossed Exotics for even more texture and then used an old SU Linen background stamp and stamped over the whole card front with Dove Gray from Staz On.  If you click on the pic you can make it out.  The PTI butterfly was cut twice, once in grey vellum and another time in a metallic chartreuse.  After cutting the chartreuse, I also used the die with a tan embossing mat to dry emboss the butterfly.  The butterfly's body is made up of one of my watercolour leaf sprigs that I heat embossed with Ranger liquid platinum and used distress inks on watercolour paper.  This little leaf sprig is quite old and I don't remember if it was from a Hero Arts set or a K & Co. set.  If anyone knows, let me know...pretty please.  I hand cut the sprig and layered over as the body.  It has a slight arch to it and I like the organic feel.  The PTI Birthday wishes sentiment is also heat embossed with Ranger LP onto a scrap vellum strip and a little sewing on the edge with metallic silver thread finishes it off.  The card is also headed to the following challenges.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you are having a great start to your week!


  1. So very pretty, Chriss ... the background texture is positively touchable ... it's the perfect spot for that fabulous butterfly (with it's gorgeous body) to land! Hugs, Anita :)

  2. This is a textural dream, Chriss! I love every ridge and color and design element! I think it was genius to place the fern frond along the back of the butterfly which helps give the whole card an Asian flare! Well done! Thank you for the shout out and for playing with me at Inkspirational! Hugs, Darnell

  3. Beautiful card...great for all three challenges, Chriss... gorgeous texture - wow do I love that embossing...
    =] Michele

  4. Beautiful card and a lovely embossed BG Chriss!

  5. Oh what a beautiful embossing folder and great card! Thanks for joining us at Inkspirational!

  6. This is lovely! The embossed background looks great! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

  7. Super elegant and beautiful attention to detail.
    Love your colour choice for the butterfly too - it just WOWs!
    You might like to link this up at Uniko Studio too where it's a birthday challenge
    Thanks for playing along at Less is More
    Sarah x

  8. Lovely card... your butterfly looks super!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  9. Wow..what a sweet card! Your butterfly is so beautiful and it looks so nice against your white embossed background. Love your butterflies body too, just so clever and perfect!

  10. Beautiful butterfly!
    Thank you for joining us at Less is More

  11. What an interesting idea to use a botanical twig as the body of the butterfly.
    Thank you so much for playing with us at INK for our photo inspiration challenge. We would love for you to join us again :o)
    Pia xx


Thanks for taking a peek and leaving a comment :)