Thursday, May 17, 2012


Hello Cardies!  Over at The Crafter's Cafe, we are still celebrating Butterflies and Handmade Flowers!  We are using stamps from either The Stamping Boutique or Unity Stamp Company. On this card, to create my butterflies, I used EK "Chinese Knot Chain" for my bottom border.  I then used an old metal stencil to emboss a butterfly beneath the Unity Stamp Company "Friendship" sentiment.  To color the embossed butterfly, I used chalk and just kept layering the colors (found in my hand made flower) until I had the hue and tone that I wanted!  The handmade flower was made from a piece of brown sandwich bag.  The colors were achieved by adding glimmer mist, acrylic paint, stencil paint, and water (not necessarily in that order.)  I cut a strip from a piece of butterfly cardstock I found in my stash, and covered it with a strip of chocolate ribbon from Clear Stamp! 

This was my first card for the Butterflies and Handmand Flowers.  I tried a few butterflies on here, but felt that they were a distraction to the design, so I just went with my flower.  I am workin on other flowers, but these are my favorites It doesn't take long to make them (I used a piece of a white T-Mobile bag to make this one and instead of acrylic paint, I used Copics and chalk to color) and you can get the most interesting color variations from a simple brown bag!  Tracey's Image had a lot of flowers and butterflies and bees on it, but I cut them off because I wanted a cleaner look.

The tutorial for these little flowers is on You Tube.  After you watch the video, you can monkey around with the techniques and come up with your own thing! 

I am entering the top card in the following challenges: