Saturday 4 October 2014

Summer butterfly thanks

This week's challenge at Pals Paper Arts is a colour challenge.

Such delicious colours! Today is a fine spring day with the faint promise of summer, so the colours put me in mind of monarch butterflies and that was the starting point for this card. I also was very keen to experiment with embossed and coloured backgrounds after seeing the most beautiful card at Just Add Ink by Amy, last week's winner of the sketch challenge there.

And a little peek inside:

 To create the background I started with a piece of Whisper White and sponged So Saffron, at varying intensities, over the whole piece. Then I sponged Calypso Coral mainly around the edges and again at various intensities. I stamped in Early Espresso using Kinda Eclectic then embossed the whole thing with the Beautiful Baroque folder. Then I used the sponge again to lightly swipe over some of the raised areas with Calypso Coral and So Saffron.

The focal oval is stamped twice on the same inking with So Saffron and the leaf from Kinda Eclectic. The butterfly I stamped in Early Espresso and then used cotton buds to paint on So Saffron and Calypso Coral to get a monarch butterfly effect. The flat butterfly underneath is punched out of Early Espresso so gives a shadow effect and the coloured butterfly has its wings supported by small bits of a dimensional.

Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso
Stamps: Kinda Eclectic, Papillon Potpourri, You're A Gem, Sassy Salutations
Inks: Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, So Saffron
Other: Beautifully Baroque embossing folder, Oval framelits, Butterfly punch, dimensionals, Early Espresso marker to colour the edges of cut shapes, sponges.


  1. Beautiful way to use these colors! It's funny how they remind you of Spring and me, here in the states, of Fall! I love the embossed and inked background and the butterfly is gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing at the PPA this week!

  2. The watercolor embossed background is lovely. And the star of your card is the butterfly. Stunning result with q-tips. Thank you for playing with the Pals.

  3. Your butterfly is beautiful! You used the colors wonderfully. Thanks for having fun with the PALS this week.

  4. Gorgeous butterfly! I love the soft sponging of color and the artsy placement of the Early Espresso dotted images. Thanks for including the PPA in your stamping fun!!