Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Sweet Signs of Spring!

Hello Friends!
As my post title suggests, the sweet signs of Spring are finally starting to be seen & heard here in Akron, Ohio!  YAY!!

One of my favorite creatures in all the world to watch are butterflies.
They are so delicate looking and so attentive to their pollination duties.
So today's card is based around the beautiful butterfly.

I had a couple of challenges in mind when designing today's card and one of them was the 'Think Spring' Challenge at the Impression Obsession Blog.  
This beautiful Impression Obsession 'Fancy Butterfly' die set was perfect for a technique I spotted while blog hopping (as soon as I remember where I saw it I'll come back and give credit) and wanted to give a try.  I LOVE how this card came together.  

This die set is two parts ... a solid panel and a 'decorative cut out' panel ... so you can layer your butterfly.

For this technique:
  • I die cut two butterflies on my focus forward panel
  • positioned 'scraps' of pattern paper behind my cut out
  • and adhered my ' decorative cutout' butterfly on top of the pattern paper but just in the center so the wings would have dimension.

I also added a touch of sparkle to the middle and wing tips ... so pretty IRL.

The other challenge I had in mind when creating this card is for the current Butterfly Challenge - "P is for Pattern Paper" + a Butterfly of course.  

The pattern paper I used behind the white butterflies is K&Co.  The pattern paper I used as my mat came from my scrap drawer and don't recall who the mfg. was.  But it was purple and green so worked perfectly with my K&Co scrap pieces.

A little sponging of Tim Holtz 'Dusty Concord', Kaiser pearls, a sentiment from the Close to My Heart 'Butterfly Kiss' stamp set and this card was complete!

Other challenges to share in:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Things with Wings
 DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge - Anything Goes
Scrapy Land Challenge #13 - Anything Goes using Scrapy Land Dies (Impression Obsession)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I hope you'll give this quick, easy and awesome technique a try!
As always ...


Here are two more cards using the same technique.


Beth said...

Oh my gosh, this is just perfect. I was not aware of that die, now I will have to put it on my wish list! said...

Girl! This is just breathtaking! I love how creative it is and it gives the look of having cut out the butterflies on the card base and then put the pattern paper behind. This is just lovely! Did I say I love butterflies?

Mrs A. said...

Another beautiful butterfly to add to my collection. Your card shows the die off to perfection. I like the delicate purple shades on both of the papers. Thankyou for fluttering by my #26. hugs Mrs A.

Jacee said...

Beautiful Darlene, I love it!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

DIANA L. said...

This is so sweet and the butterflies are so dreamy I love your card.
Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday #152 Anything Goes Challenge. Have a blessed day

Joann6274 said...

These cards are gorgeous! I truly love how gorgeous those butterflies are.... great job my friend. I hope you have a great weekend!

andree said...

Your cards are just beautiful, I love the dies and the sentiment is lovely! Andree (Guest Designer Butterfly Challenge #26)

Lori Kobular said...

Such a beautiful card! I love the Irish Blessing and those butterflies are gorgeous!! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapy Land Challenge #13!

Karan Gerber said...

those butterflies are gorgeous!

Donna Ellis said...

Oh! I love what you have done with the die cuts, Darlene! Beautiful card in every way! Thanks for sharing your pretty project in the Scrapy Land Challenge! hugs and blessings, de {Creative Smiles}

Diane said...

Love, love, love pretty!!! What a creative idea, I might have to give these a try, so simple, but yet so them... lots!!!

jenn shurkus said...

love the pattern paper under the butterflies! so pretty :) thank you for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!