Just another brick in the wall…
While most of this is my own, I’m afraid I can’t take any credit for the coolest part of this brick wall butterfly card – the WALL! That amazing effect was introduced to me by a fellow demo. She made it in a class (I think), that might have been CASE’d from someone else on the Net. (If someone can direct me to the “original”, I will happily give credit!) It’s so simple, yet so effective.
Using some Smoky Slate card-stock (cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″), I ran it through my Big Shot using a “brick” embossing folder. (I have one from WAY back when, but I’ll link to a similar one by Stampin’ Up, below.) Then, the really cool part: using Cherry Cobbler ink, I thoroughly inked up my Watercolor Wash background stamp. With the stamp pad face up on my table, I placed my embossed sheet on top, and rubbed it to transfer the ink. Wow – isn’t that cool?! Easy-peasy. There are just two things to remember: emboss first, ink second; and make sure that the ink goes on the side with the raised bricks not the “sunken” bricks.
From there, it’s just a matter of embellishing. I didn’t want to cover too much of my wall, but I just had to make this grungy brick background look a bit more girly. Flowers are always nice. I die-cut some flowers and stems from the Beautiful Bouquet die-set, and adhered them to the bottom left of my wall. (Observant viewers might ask how I got those stems – I used the die-cut stems upside-down, and chopped off more than half of it, LOL.) The butterfly is a die-cut from the Move Me set. I cut the fancy outline from Cherry Cobbler, and then glued it onto a piece of vellum. (Yes, I’m repeating myself… same method I used for a dragonfly on my last card. I haven’t used vellum in forever… guess I’m making up for lost time, LOL.)
For the sentiment, I cut out a rectangle from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper. It’s a very subtle touch, but I love that white-washed plywood look. The Hello Friend is from the Wood Words stamp set. To attach the sign, I taped a toothpick to the back of my sign, then put dimensionals on either side so that I could attach it to the card without the toothpick getting in the way. (I also trimmed off the bottom so it wouldn’t poke anybody.) A touch of Wink of Stella on the butterfly and flowers (which, of course, my camera refused to pick up), a Cherry Cobbler card-base, and we’re all set.
And I found the perfect little poem for the inside! I love putting Irish Blessings in my card.
If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I’d love to have you as a customer. There are links below to many of the items I used for this card. And just a quick head’s up: if you haven’t looked in a while, there are some great new items on the clearance rack! And just in case you missed it, there’s still time to get in on the “first month half off” deal for Paper Pumpkin.
Thank you so much for checking out my blog! Have you tried the brick wall technique? I’d love to see! But right now, I suddenly have this urge to listen to some Pink Floyd. 😉 Have a wonderful day!
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