I am excited about the card I am sharing today. First of all, because I think this week's colours are fabulous together, but also because the project I am sharing is one of those projects where I started out with a very unclear vision and ended up with a card I love. It's a little different from my usual style (more streamlined, maybe?), which is why I like it.
I had this idea a few weeks ago to try and emboss a transparency with clear powder and then paint shimmer paint on it to create a resist effect and see what happens. Normally, I would have used the SU! transparencies, but I have some leftover from the office because we were out of letter-sized transparencies and I had to cut some legal-sized ones to make covers for my binders. As I looked at the leftover pieces I had just cut, I decided I could surely come up with a way to use them and brought them back home. I used one of those scraps to test out my idea and unfortunately, the transparencies are not heat-resistant and it got slightly warped during the embossing process. I had first thought of using it flat on my card, which was now not going to happen, so I put my sample aside and it was only a few days later that I thought that I could maybe die-cut a flower or something out of my painted transparency to try and salvage it.
And then was born the butterfly you see here. The warping just gives the butterfly shape so I think it works. I added a second butterfly cut out of Melon Mambo cardstock underneath and held the two together in place with white Baker's twine.
Then, I thought I would use the new Melon Mambo embossing powder to add flowers from the Proud Peacock stamp set (Summer minicatalogue) to a piece of Old Olive cardstock. The colored powder creates an opaque look you don't usually get with Craft ink and clear embossing, so it is perfect when used on darker cardstock.
I used the Melon embossing powder on the chipboard piece as well to emboss my sentiment (Swirls & Curls Verses - Summer mini hostess set). I also stamped the border from the Proud Peacock set in Old Olive Craft ink underneath. The whole chipboard piece had previously been covered with Whisper White Craft ink and I had made sure to dry the whole thing with my heat tool and running the Embossing Buddy over the chipboard before doing the embossing part, to get as little stray powder as possible around the sentiment.
The card base was stamped with the argyle stamp from the Grunge Rock set and I added the small birdie from the Proud Peacock set, embossed in white, at the bottom of the card.
To finish it off, I added Basic Grey brads on the chipboard piece and I pushed the prongs of Olive brads in the holes of two Melon Mambo buttons (SAB Ice Cream Parlor kit) and folded them out. Usually, I would have used a pair of scissors to cut the ends of the prongs off, but I think in this case, they actually look like leaves, which totally work with the flower buttons, so I left them alone.
Perfect Pair On Board chipboard
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Stampin' up! Supplies
Stamps: Proud Peacock, En français, Grunge Rock
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Melon Mambo, Old Olive
Inks: Versamark, Old Olive, Whisper White
Big Shot: Beautiful Wings
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Transparency, Champagne Mist shimmer paint,
White baker's twine, Ice Cream Parlor buttons, Brads, Embossing powders (Melon Mambo,
Clear, White), Perfect Pair On Board chipboard, Envelope template