Friday, March 28, 2014

Fluttering By

I've been thinking about using this stamp set for quite some time now, I got the inspiration to color it from the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book. This is a very simple card, very quick and fairly easy to do. I just knocked my socks off coloring and experimenting on the new set of Tim Holtz distress markers I just got so I got a bit carried away.

A2 standard size card. The base is kraft using Recollections, and for the layer I used Neenah Natural White card stock, stamped the tree, butterflies and sentiment all from the A Tree stamp set. This has got to be one of the cutest stamp sets I've used. I really had so much fun coloring in the tree. I stamped the tree using Memento Rich Cocoa ink, and the butterflies are a mix of Gypsy, Buttercup, Sunset, Cotton Candy, Lagoon and Sweet Leaf inks. The designs inside the tree I colored using random Tim Holtz Distress Markers and Spectrum Noirs. I just wanted it to pop and be colorful

The grass was cut using Lawn Fawn dies. I believe it's called Grassy Borders. It was one of my 'steals' at the recent Scrapbook expo. Buy 3 get 1 free. So, I cut more than 1 grass border and layered them on top of each other to give it a more dimensional look. The paper I used for the grass is from Bazzill, not sure of the color since I'm using a stack of 6x6.

My last attempt to make the card pop was to add the Wink of Stella glitter. I saw the demo at the Scrapbook Expo and these Wink of Stella Glitter brushes looked so cool while I was being demo'd. The glitter effect really made the artwork pop. However, when I tried it here, I somehow got disappointed with the turnout. First of all I wanted to add glitter to some parts of the tree, so I brushed some clear glitter on it. Then I wanted to make the butterflies really pop with glitter so I was a bit more generous with it. Well this morning when I woke up and it had time to dry, I saw that it had sort of white-out my ink colors. As you can see, the butterflies now have a two-tone layer kind of look. Not so bad actually, especially since you can see the glitter up close, but it wasn't exactly the look I had originally in mind. Either way it turned out fine, but still a lesson learned for me. Either I brushed too much glitter on to it, or I should just but all these colored brushes. I just got the white one to try out, and at the time seemed more reasonable given it costs about $6-8 a pen. Luckly I was able to get my at Jo-Ann's for $3.89! By the way, side note, the lady who demo'd this product says if it starts to get a bit dry, just unscrew and put a couple of drops of water and shake, and voila! It'll be good as new!

My last addition to the card was to sponge a tiny bit of sky color to it using Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers, and I mixed in a bit of CTMH Sky Ink. The Peacock Feather was a bit strong, so I added in the CTMH Sky to kind of even it out. I wasn't too generous as I didn't want it to take the look away from the colorful tree. Oh and I also rounded the top corners to finish off the card.

Hope you guys like it!

And here is the stamp set I used.

A1124 A Tree

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