Well, this wildflowers and butterflies card didn’t come out at all like I envisioned, but I’m still pretty happy with the end result. Generally, I’m better with clearly defined images. I find anything resembling watercolors really challenging, but I think this card sort of has that look. It was really more of an accident, but a happy one.
I am, once again, playing along with Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge. However, this time I didn’t wait until the last minute. 🙂 This week’s challenge is called Make For the Border, and they’re featuring Memory Box products. I have this Memory Box Dancing Butterflies die that I just love, but it’s not a border die. However, if you repeatedly cut it in a straight line, you can get a pretty nice butterfly border. That was the idea I started with. I wanted to add some of the little butterflies scattered on the card, but I wanted them to be really colorful, so…
I took a piece of watercolor paper, and pulled out my Zig Real Brush markers. I just love pink, purple and blue together, so I pulled out a handful of those colors and just sort of scribbled them randomly on the paper. Then I took a wet paintbrush and pushed the color around. To give it some interest, I dripped some water droplets on it, and soaked up a bit of the color with a paper towel. And then, I flicked some more color on it. This is not a new technique – I’ve seen lots of wonderful crafters do this and come out with amazing results. Mine? I think “hot mess” might be a better description, LOL. (Sorry… didn’t think to take a picture before I cut into it, but this gives you an idea.)
It’s really a bit too much, I think, to use as is, but for tiny strips and die cuts, it’s perfect. (And now I have plenty left to make more little die cuts for other cards!) However, just a few tiny butterflies was not enough for this card, so I found a flower stamp set, and decided to just stamp a bunch of flowers and leaves. I wanted to match the colors I had used for that watercolor piece, so the obvious thing to do was to use those same markers. I took the solid flower stamp, scribbled color on the stamp with a marker, and stamped it… and got a surprisingly “fuzzy” impression. I didn’t use any water, so I was really surprised at how this stamped, but I decided to just go with it. I stamped a bunch more the same way, and then went back in with slightly darker markers and stamped the “outline” images.
Actually, I have a confession to make here. The flowers were made with a solid and an outline stamp, but the leaves… well, when I got ready to stamp the “outline” image, the stamp was missing. I looked EVERYWHERE. (Do you know how hard it is to find a tiny clear stamp?) Well, after an exhaustive search, I finally admitted defeat, and pulled out a thin-tipped green marker, and hand-drew the outlines. They are far from perfect, but that was intentional. They’re supposed to match the casual look of the flowers. This was hugely challenging for a perfectionist with OCD, but I think it actually kind of, sort of, maybe worked. 🙂
As for the leaf stamp? I found it. Yup – the little stinker showed up right after I finished this card, LOL.
To finish it all up, I die-cut the word “hi” from the watercolor piece, along with a thin, straight strip. For all of those watercolor pieces, I heat-embossed them with Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder. I also added a bit of Stardust Stickles to the flowers. The word and butterflies are popped up with foam adhesive, as is the entire white piece. It’s actually really sparkly in real life – here’s a better photo of the sparkle:
It’s good to challenge yourself sometimes. It’s one of the reasons I like joining challenges. It’s also a wonderful reason to subscribe to a kit. These flowers were part of an older Simon Says Stamp Card Kit. Not something I probably would have chosen on my own, but now I’m so glad I have it. 🙂
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