July 22, 2016

Colorful Butterfly Card ft. Distress Inks

EDIT: DT Favorite at Cards in Envy & Top Pick at STAMPlorations
I believe one of the greatest joy of crafting is experimenting and creating something different from what we originally planned. It's so fun and such an invaluable experience to explore the different possibilities and yield unexpected results! Do you feel the same way?! Well this card is the product of today's experiment, and I quite like how it turned out! 
I was inspired by both of Elina's cards and I wanted to create something monochromic with a heavily inked background. I wasn't sure how I wanted to incorporate the other elements (bold colored image, splatters, black scripty sentiment, layers of cardstock) into my project so I decided to create a card for another challenge until I got my mojo back.

 This is one of the sketches I had in mind using the elements from CAS-ual Fridays Tic Tac Toe Challenge before I came up with the design of that first card. My original sketch includes a white heat embossed "Be-YOU-tiful" sentiment but there wasn't enough space, so I left it out. Now that I'm looking at it and comparing it with the other card, I feel like it definitely needs a sentiment LOL!
I used sequins, monochromic, enamel dots, twine, no patterned paper and glitter or sparkle. That's three lines! The ombre green-teal-blue colors are inspired by the wood planks from Becca's mood board. 

A close-up of the butterfly. I colored both the butterfly and the background with distress inks and ink blending tools, which are my all time favorite coloring mediums! I just love the intense and vibrant colors you get from blending distress inks. For the butterfly, I also added a generous amount of wink of stella to its wings for some extra sparkle.

Then I thought about creating another pink/coral background that would contrast with the colors on the butterfly. This time, instead of using silver thread, I decided to add some silver splatters. My original plan was to create a warm-toned ombre background and mount it on black cardstock so it has a thin, black frame. That would indeed be very similar to Elina's butterfly card. But then I had a light bulb moment of placing the two ombre panels on top of each other. 

In the past, whenever I was trying to make a colorful/rainbow card, I've always struggled with putting so many colors onto one single panel (like this card here). It never occurred to me that I could separate the colors and piece them back together like this! It might seem obvious and perhaps a bit trivial to others, but that's a small discovery for me. 

Here's a close-up of the sentiment from Winnie & Walter. I like the scripty, black sentiment on Elina's card, and think that this "you are flawless" sentiment is perfect for the gorgeous butterfly from Tim Holtz. I've mixed some perfect pearls with water to create this shimmery splattered look. The sketch I'm using for this card is from STAMPlorations. I've changed the orientation, so it might be a little tricky to recognize. Here's a DT card using the same orientation. :)

I really love the torn edges of the coral panel. They add quite a bit of interest to this card, don't you think? I think the white edges definitely help the colors pop more and create a "framed" effect like when you layer different colored cardstock together. Hope you enjoyed today's creation, and thanks for stopping by! 

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  1. SO STUNNING. That butterfly is just perfect and the background - superb. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous "heat wave" entry with us at Cards in Envy. Take care.

  2. Jessica, Flawless is the perfect word to describe this gorgeous card! I love -- seriously love -- everything about it. The colors are gorgeous and the design is wonderful. So glad you joined us for our Heat Wave Challenge at Cards in Envy. :)

  3. Your butterfly is colored so beautifully, Jessie! Just love how the black makes the other colors pop! Thanks for playing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  4. Beautiful cards. I love the deep bright colors.

    So glad you joined us at Die Cut DIvas.

  5. Beautiful butterfly card I saw at Verve stamps! TFS

  6. This is INCREDIBLE!!! You sure know how to work saturated colors into a card. <3 <3 These two took my breath away! Love your work and THANK YOU for helping me celebrate my birthday!

  7. Beautiful card with a lovely image and gorgeous colours, thanks for playing along at Alphabet Challenge.

    Pat xx

  8. Beautiful, beautiful butterfly card! I love your hot summer colors! Thanks for sharing with us at Cards in Envy.

  9. Beautiful cards, I love that butterfly and all of the sparkle! Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog.
    Tammy x

  10. Gorgeous! Love the bold colours! Thank you so much for joining us at CWS Challenge this month.
    Hugs, Mary (CT member)

  11. Wow! These are both stunning!! Great job blending, they glow!!

  12. Both cards are beautiful! Love them!
    Thank you for joining us at Creative With Stamps!
    The Leaf Studio

  13. These are beautiful. I love the background and the butterfly! :) Thank you so much for joining us at Creative with Stamps! :)

  14. Oh the colour scheme on this really pops, I love it. Thank you for joining the Diecut Divas Make it Glitter Challenge. Cathie DT

  15. beautiful! i love the bold colours, the layout and the shimmer on the butterfly. thank you so much for playing along with us at penny black and more.

  16. A very clever card! I'd say your experiment/realisation worked perfectly - it's such a clever way to combine the various colours without going in traditional colour order! Thanks for spreading The Gossip on w&w's The Gossip Column!

  17. That butterfly is fantastic. Such gorgeous cards!


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