Sunday, June 21, 2015


This card comes from three challenge blogs. They are CAS(E) this Sketch, The Card Concept, and Naughty or Nice Challenge.  All three were so inspiring my head was spinning with ideas!! Kind of an overload...

Sending my card to:
The Card Concept #37 - The Butterfly Effect
CAS(E) this Sketch: CTS #128
Naughty or Nice Challenge: NON16


And here is my card.. Wow! was this fun to make.. A bit involved but well worth it!
The design elements are from the challenges which made for a
wonderful card.
Watercolor background was done using leftover
Distress Ink from a previous project. All I did was mop the ink up with paper
then let it dry for a year or so.
The understated sentiment embossed on vellum in silver
is an elegant touch.
Like I said earlier this card was so fun to make.. What I really like is it is exactly what envisioned in my minds-eye. This happens to be very, very rare I always seem to improvise. The panels are another element that have added interest with its angles at the bottom of the card. And lets talk about that larger-then-life butterfly which proves to be a pretty dominate focal point of the card but at the same time I feel it doesn't distract from the rest of the card.

How to (Reader's Digest style):
  1. The watercolor panels were made about a year ago. It is leftover ink from a previous project. All I did was mop it up with this paper.
  2. Cut it into three sections and applied it to the card.
  3. Cut the angles at the bottom of the banners.
  4. The larger-then-life butterfly was stamped with VersaMark Ink and then heat set in white. 
  5. Applied Distress Inks to the butterfly and wiped of access so the white embossing powder would resist the color. 
  6. Fussy cut the butterfly. 
  7. Divided the butterfly into three pieces and adhered each section to a watercolor panel. 
  8. Cut a strip of vellum then embossed the sentiment in silver and added a silver dot.
This took a lot of measuring, which it something I am not a fan of doing. I am also surprised that I didn't pass out from holding my breath most the time hoping all will work out. And thank goodness it did turn out. And I think the end result is beautiful. 

I hope you enjoyed your stay! Please if you would like leave a comment good, great, or otherwise that would be great!! Take care all and Happy Fathers Day to our guys out there!!

All the best,


Monika Reeck said...

you know what
I never combine two sketch
and your DID IT wooohooo
clever genius and adorable card you made
love that biiig butterfly love that water color BG you made
and love the way you combine the sketch
CLEVER CARD MAKER you are my friend
hugs, Monika

Jen Mitchell said...

It certainly sounds like a lot of work but the end result is amazing! I love how the butterfly stretches across that colorful background!

sandie said...

Amazing background and how cool to combine these challenges. Thanks for joining us at The Vard Concept x

Darnell said...

This literally took MY breath away, Shawna, and I nearly passed out! GAHorgeous!! Dynamic! Winning on all three challenges, that's my prediction! Thank you so much for the PERFECT list of how you did it!! I have that darn huge butterfly, just had to have it, and then wondered what could be done except just plunking it down. WELL. Now I know, thanks to you, so this is going in my to-CASE folder! Whoot! Hugs, Darnell

Hannelie said...

You made a BEAUTIFUL card inspired by the sketch!
Thanks for joining us at CTS!

Dotty Jo said...

Fabulous card! Love how you worked your magic on our current sketch challenge over at Naughty or Nice, Jo x

Lindsey said...

You have to like it when a card turns out the way you envisioned it — especially a beauty such as this! Thanks for joining us at Naughty or Nice Challenges!

Michelle said...

Wow!! Awesome card! Thanks for joining us at CAS(E) This Sketch!

Leigh Penner said...

Beautiful! Wonderful take on the sketch!

Petra Swart said...

I surely agree that the end result is a stunning card, Shawna!!!! And big congrats on the Favorite at CTS!!!!!

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