I am here with a pretty little card for Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge where H is for Hinged Cards, the featured style. Being the lovely hostess that she is, Mrs. A has provided a wonderful tutorial for making this kind of card HERE. I didn't have a suitable fancy Spellbinders die to use, so I went simpler with a flower-shaped card base.
The main star of my card is my mixed media butterfly. I made this background sheet a long time ago with leftover Easter Egg dye and salt on mixed media paper. As the dyes dried the salt crystallized in fun patterns. But then what? How do I use it without the salt crystals flaking away? I tried some hair spray to set the crystals. That helped a little, but certainly didn't secure them completely.
Then I got digging around and found some acrylic gloss medium that I thought was worth a try. I very gently applied a generous layer of this over the top of the crystals with a foam brush and a thinner layer over the rest of the background. It worked great! Some of the crystals softened a bit and didn't entirely keep their distinct shapes, but for the most part I was very satisfied with the results.
|H is also for Hexagon so I diecut a hex pattern into the butterfly.|
Seems that I often do not have a clear idea of what I want for my card to look like when I first venture out. So, after I had already adhered the doily and butterfly onto the card, I decided the lavender base needed something more. I had a swirly dot stencil from the Dollar Store. It is self-sticking and worked like a dream. (I wish all my stencils were self-sticking....so easy to use!!!) I lifted the edge of the doily and butterfly and slipped the stencil underneath and sponged some dots. I like how it turned out.
Supplies used include:
Darice - Nesting Floral Shapes die set
Canson - Mixed Media Paper
Daler-Rowney Simply Acrylic Gloss Medium
Serendipity - Floral Butterfly stamp and die set
Sizzix - Thinlits TH Mixed Media die set
Distress Ink in Shaded Lilac and Wilted Violet
Doodlebug - Mini Doilies
Unity grab bag stamp - "It's the little things" (still looking for link)
Dollar Store Stencil
Ribbon from stash
Hope you enjoyed my card. I will be back with the name of the lucky winner from my GIVEAWAY. Thank you for stopping by today.
Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Butterfly Challenge #124 - Butterfly + H is for...... (I used Hinge card, Heliotrope, and Hexagon)
2. Word Art Wednesday Weeks #394-395 - Anything Goes
3. Craft Stamper June TIMI Challenge - Anything Goes with stamping
4. Crafter's Castle July Challenge - Anything Goes
5. DL.ART July Linky
6. Die-Cut Divas - AG
7. CARDZ-TV Anything Goes Challenge #93
8. Papercraft Challenge #20 - AG with opt Up in the Air (I used a butterfly)
9. Time Out Challenge #139 - Inspired by Words (I chose a butterfly to signify the word FREEDOM.)
10. Stamplorations Mixed Media Challenge