Friday 30 April 2021

Positive Thoughts for AYSI 249

 We've got a wonderful colour challenge for you this week - such a delicious looking combination!

I knew that I wanted to make a card that was delicate with a lot of open space but beyond that, wasn't quite sure. I stood in front of my stamp shelves and hoped for inspiration. Out popped a set I've not used in a while, Positive Thoughts

I totally love the maidenhair fern stamp. It's just so satisfying to stamp with and so pretty! I started by repeat stamping it in Mint Macaron, then lightly sponged over it with So Saffron and a blending brush. If you haven't tried using a blending brush yet, I'm sure you'll also find that to be a relaxing and satisfying experience.

The butterfly was stamped in Soft Suede and coloured using Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends.  I did cut it out using the corresponding die from Nature's Thoughts but as I didn't want the border around the edges, I fussy cut them off.  I layered on the tiny die-cut butterfly, cut from So Saffron.

I thought it was looking a little plain at this point, so I used the wonky-stitched edge rectangle die from Nature's Thoughts to cut out the centre of the card front, then placed it back in again. This had the effect of framing both the butterfly and the sentiment. You could try this with any decorative edged rectangle die.

We'd love to have you join us with this colour challenge and have you show us how you see it. You can see what the rest of the Design Team have done and link up your entry by visiting the As You See It Challenge site.

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  1. So pretty Jan! I love the way your design focuses on one corner with your pretty butterfly as the focal point and the blended colour and different strengths of fern image really add depth to the detail. Love the stitched frame inset too.

  2. Jan I knew this was your card as soon as I saw it.What a lovely effect with the inlaid frame. I think I'll be trying that. I'm very familiar with standing in front of the stamps wondering which to use -glad I'm not the only one.

  3. Beautiful elegant card! Our card ministry also thanks you for your time and ideas! I am a bit far from you! USA. Pray for us. Country in turmoil.