Thursday, March 15, 2012

Butterflies and Vines

Just want to share a quick card with you today.

I started by sponging distress inks in various colors onto a white piece of card stock, starting with the lightest and working toward the darkest. When it had dried a bit, I stamped the vine/flowers using VersaFine Black Onyx, then added the tiny butterflies in the same ink.  The focal was created by die cutting a circle from white, stamping the sentiment in black, and adding the butterflies in Melon Berry.  That was layered onto a black die cut (Spellbinders--sorry, I'll have to check the name if you need to know), then popped it up with dimensionals. A few small pearls were added to the butterflies, and the loopy tail of "you" as well.

I matted the main panel with black and added a bit of Melon Berry satin ribbon. Finally, I adhered it all to a Melon Berry card base. 

I like to do something to finish the inside of my cards, but especially if I'm sending to Operation Write Home. Here I lined the card with white matted with black, then stamped the vine/flowers from the front using Melon Berry. I also added a delicate border to the top edge. This gives plenty of room for a serviceman (or woman) to write a note, while giving the card a slightly more finished look.  It's especially important to at least line the inside of a card with white or cream if you're using a darker card base, since sometimes our troops only have a pencil to write with. Just a little tip if you decide to join us at OWH (wink, wink).

Well there you have it. It took longer to blog about it than it took to make it, so if you like the design, give it a try. 

And I apologize for the really funky photos of late. The weather, hence the lighting, has been terribly wet and gray and I'll be darn if I can get anything to photograph well. Of course, it could be the photographer.  Naw, I'm stickin' with the weather story!  (Mz. M, if you read this, know I can't wait for you to get back to teach me how to use that blasted camera!!!)

Ok, that's it for today. Hugs to you all, and go do something creative!


  1. Love the color combo...I read a long time ago that every room of your home should have a bit of black to "anchor" it...I think it applies to cards, too! Maybe not every one, but at least some of them. And I think the photos are house here is so dark I end up going out on the porch when there's no direct sunlight on it, just semi-brightness. A tip to tide you over ;0)

    1. Ahhh, Grasshopper, you forget it only rains in Washington! We have heard about a large yellow orb in the sky, but we think it's a myth! Ha.