Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sparkling Butterfly

Today I'd like to share another sparkling card.  This is made with another Peddlers Pack background stamp - the Butterfly Background.  Have I mentioned I love these background stamps?  There are so many ways to use them.  For this card, I decided to highlight the beautiful butterfly:

I began by using my new fav ink - Palette Burnt Umber - to stamp the background on SU Barely Banana paper.  I am so sad that this color is being discontinued by SU - it is one of my go to colors for springy cards, so I'll be stocking up!  I then stamped the background again and cut out the butterfly.  I used copics to color in the butterfly, then added glitter highlight on the inner portions of the wings.  The body and other highlights are coated with crystal effects to give them some shine.  After a bit of drying time, I simply attached the colored butterfly over the stamped one in the background by using a glue dot in the center.  The crystal effects give the wings just enough stiffness so that I could bend them a bit and have them keep their shape.  This card can be used for so many occasions... I am thinking I'm going to have to make some more with different color combos... purples, pinks... so many possibilities!  Thanks for stopping by to check out my creation... and happy stamping! 

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Friday, April 23, 2010

My April new supply challenge

Wow - I didn't realize how long it has been since I posted!  It's been a busy few weeks - did a little traveling during spring break, and some stamping last weekend!  A friend and I have discovered a wonderful store in Beaverton, Oregon called Peddlers Pack.  They not only have their own wonderful stamps, but a store filled with all kinds of fun goodies.  I am totally in love with their background stamps, and thanks to some samples posted in their store, had the opportunity to use some of them with a new technique.  I have been wanting to try stamping with acetate for quite awhile, so I couldn't wait to make these cards:

 This first card uses the Peddlers Pack Dragonfly Background stamp.  It is first stamped on acetate using Stazon black ink.  The dragonflies are done in blue and aqua art glitter.  This affect is achieved by applying glue and glitter to the back of the acetate, working one colors section at a time and allowing drying time in between colors.  I allowed this to dry overnight, then the next day stamped the image again on white cardstock and colored the background with copics.  I then just lined up the acetate over the stamped image and attached with glue dots in the corners. 

The second card uses Peddlers Pack Dazzling Daisies background.  Using the same technique as with the dragonflies, I applied yellow glitter tot he flower centers, green glitter to the stems and white glitter for the daisy petals.  The acetate is then attached to yellow Pearl Paper using glue dots.  The really cool thing with the Pearl Paper is that is subtly changes colors as the light hits at different angles... very pretty affect!  You can check out all the cool colors on the manufacturer's website:    I think it makes the perfect background for these truly "dazzling" daisies!  

The third card uses the Peddlers Pack Koi background stamp.  I used the same technique with the glitter, using black on the fish as well.  For some reason I couldn't seem to get a good photo showing how sparkly they are, but you can use your imagination!  It is again mounted on Pearl Paper, but a lighter color that shows shades of greens and purples when the light hits... you really have to see this one in person to get the full effect.  One word of warning if you try this technique... you will get glitter everywhere!  But I really think the final result makes it all worthwhile:) 
I'll be sharing some more cards made with my new goodies soon - so check back... and Happy Stamping!
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