Saturday, August 1, 2015

Dragonfly Delight

Hello everyone,

For today I am posting my August inspiration card for the House of Cards.  The theme this month is metallic. Oh the possibilities are endless and am so excited to see what everyone designs. I hope my card will jump start your creativity.. Enjoy!
Copper embossing powder running down the card
elegantly matches the copper sentiment.
Metallic finishes changes as you move the card around
which can give the entire design a new look.
Dragonfly popping off the panel adds a
beautiful design element to the card
This card was inspired by a very special place here in town called Fredrik Meijer Gardens or Meijer Gardens for short.  Click here to find out more. Meijer is a regional grocery store chain that is headquartered here in Michigan.  As a result, of amazing philanthropy from the Meijer family and generous donations we have world class gardens and sculpture park right here in Grand Rapids Michigan! 

One sculpture caught my eye right by the main entrance. It is a weathered patina sculpture (I will get a pic soon). The effect was runny, rusty and green. It was beautiful and completely inspired me to create this card. The color combination is soothing and yet very dynamic. The dragonfly panel also gives a sense of movement and acts as a subtle focal point. The dragonfly coming off the panel gives your eye a place to rest and view the sentiment with the same copper embossing. To keep your eye engaged a dark brown frame anchors the entire composition.  I really am liked how this turned out and hope you do too.

How to:
  1. Cut and scored kraft CS to A2 size. Set aside.
  2. Cut another kraft panel then dragged VersaMark Ink down the panel and then heat set using copper embossing powder. 
  3. Sponged green ink up the panel leaving some of the kraft paper exposed.
  4. Mounted the copper panel to the dark brown CS then to the kraft CS base.
  5. Cut the panel for the dragonflies, stamped them at different angles and distressed the edges.
  6. Added the dragonfly panel to copper base.
  7. Stamped dragonfly on a separate sheet of kraft paper.
  8. Stamped the sentiment using the same method as step 2.
  9. Fussy cut around the sentiment and dragonfly leaving a bit for the end of the card. Adhered to card.

Well that is it for me today! I hope I have sparked some inspiration and will prompt you to join us!! I want to thank you so much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day for me. If you'd like to leave a comment good, great or otherwise that would be great. Your comments inspire me to be more creative everyday. Thank you again!

All the best,


Veerle said...

Very beautiful card.
Gr Veerle

Mynn xx said...

Shawna, this is FANTASTIC!!! LOVE the gorgeous natural feel, the wonderful dragonfly image, and all the beautiful shine! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Donna said...

This is beautiful, I've never seen anyone do embossing power running down the card, how unique and amazing! Donna T. HOC

Dawn T said...

stunning Shawna. A simply beautiful card

Monika Reeck said...

I never seen too that embossing powder running down the card Shawna
and that chopper is stunning color combine with green
the dragon fly make this look so beautiful Shawna
I really miss you my friend I see you have visit family and I was loosing you on my post
I hope you like to catch up hehehe if not I hope to see you soon on my Metallics Card
I made a bday card for you full with Dots
and with cute theme cause I did not get answer also I guess dotted will not get wrong to you right hehe...
I will posting it soon...
Hugs, Monika (Teamie at HOC)

Merethe A said...

What a wonderful inspiration, hope you share it with us. Great card and love the rustic feel of it.
(✿*‿*) Ma
Teamie HOC

Jan Clothier said...

What a fantastic card. I love that metallic grungy kind of look. Just suits those beautiful dragonflies.

Donna Nuce said...

Hi Shawna! Gorgeous card! I was in a Miejer's store once in Indianapolis! Wish we had them here in Colorado! If I ever get up your way I'll have to check out the sculpture garden!
Have a great day!
Donna HOC Teamie

Petra Swart said...

So beautiful, Shawna!!! The copper and green bg is just great and I love those delicate dragonflies!!!! The dark brown frame really works good!!!! Lovely card!!!!
Have a great day!!!

StephC said...

I never would have thought of this. What a fabulous idea! Your card is beautiful!

Toni said...

This is such a fabulous effect--love love love your card! I remember Meijer's from back when I lived in the midwest

Michele K. Henderson said...

I just love those pretty copper accents, Shawna! Great card!
Take Care!
Michele, HOC teamie

sue t. said...

Clever how you applied the copper EP. Great card!

craftysahmiam said...

Beautiful, inspired metallic card; thanks for including the link to the garden inspiration. - Heather HOC teamie

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Hi Shawna, so prettty - love that copper sheen on your card and dragonflies are always gorgeous! Hugs, Cornelia (HOC teamie)

Jane Knudsen said...

Love this! And it is something I am going to have to try! Also - anything with a dragonfly is a winner in my book! jane hoc teamie

Em Louise Fairley said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Shawna! I love it!
Em, HOC teamie

Lilian said...

I love this card! So pretty!!!
Lilian HOC teamie
The Leaf Studio

Barbara Rankin said...

I love the coppery color you used on this card. It is amazing. Hugs, Barbara HOCDT

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