Sunday, 7 June 2015

Summery swallowtail get well soon card


What a great weekend it's been. The ever so elusive sun has not been shy, and it almost feels like summer! Yesterday we bought a huge pile of strawberries, and I was planning on freezing some of them. However, by some mysterious power, they are almost gone already... I wonder who comes into my kitchen and eats my strawberries? Today we took the bikes out for a ride around the reservoir. I keep forgetting we live so close to great biking routes, although that was one of the reasons we did move out into the countryside. Anyhow, it was great to enjoy the sun and the wind in my hair. I could have done without the swarming insects that made their way up my nose, into my mouth and inside my Oakleys. Now I can't wait to dine on the leftovers from yesterday's BBQ.

With all the other stuff going on I'm not quite sure where I found the time to craft, but this weekend has seemed so blissfully long. So I did manage to steal some time in the craft room. I was inspired by the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch as well as the colour challenge over at ColourQ. Although I didn't have the Stampin' Up colours Island Indigo or Hello Honey, I did manage to find very close matches from the Tim Holtz Distress colour palette as two of the new colours, Fossilized Amber and Mermaid Lagoon, are very similar. And it was a great reason to get to use these new gorgeous colours. I was also inspired by the butterfly theme over at Addicted to CAS. I'm also linking up over at Addicted to Stamps where the theme is Make Your Mark (as I coloured the butterfly using markers). Last but not least I'm linking up with Just Us Girls where the theme this week is Summer.

I think this swallowtail stamp is one of the most gorgeous I have ever come across. I keep going back to it over and over. For the card, I cut out the two white panels and stamped the swallowtail in black ink. I then heat embossed it with clear powder, and coloured using markers. Then I realised I don't have matching cardstock to the Mermaid Lagoon and thought I would have to scrap the whole idea of the card I had in my mind, until I realised I have white cardstock, I have the ink pad and a foam applicator for the ink - and hey presto, Mermaid Lagoon coloured cardstock for matting. Such a simple solution but it took my two brain cells a while to get there... I used two sentiment from Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings, one of my favourite sentiment sets at the moment and stamped them in black. Last, I inked up the Gorgeous Grunge stamps using markers and stamped splatters all over. 

Card: 300 gsm white card, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card
Stamps: Stampin' Up Swallowtail, Gorgeous Grunge, Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Inks Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon, Ripe Persimmon
Other: Ranger Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder

13 comments:

Bonnie said...

This is such a beautiful way to use this Swallowtail! Love the splatters! So glad you shared this with us at ATCAS!

Ina said...

Absolutely stunning. Love that big stamp and beautifully coloured. Great layout. Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls.

Loll said...

Love the butterfly image off the page ... and the splatters are awesome. Great job of combining all those challenges into one gorgeous card. Thanks for playing along at ATCAS.

Sylvia said...

What a beautiful swallowtail, love the way you colored it! Thanks for playing with us at the colourQ.

Ros Crawford said...

Lovely card!! Thanks so much for playing along at Just us Girls!!

*Vicki* said...

Your layered butterfly is stunning!! Fabulous colors too! Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Addicted to Stamps & More! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*-DT member

Neets B said...

I love how you have the lovely butterfly fluttering off the edge, looks great combined with the splatters. Thanks for sharing at ATSM this week, Anita x

Leigh Penner said...

Great take on the sketch!

Claire said...

What a great way to use that butterfly as part of the sketch - so clever! Fab use of all the colours too! Thanks for playing along at Colour Q this week!

Nancy said...

Super job combining your challenges! Love your eye for color combos! Thanks for joining the team and I over at Just Us Girls for our summer challenge!

Joanna Harty said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing with us over at ATCAS!

maria f. said...

Lovely.

Tenia Nelson said...

So so pretty!! Thanks for playing along at ATSM!!