Even though we don’t get a real “winter” here in southern California like most parts of the country, our temperatures do get cooler which means fewer flowers, leaves, etc. So, just like everyone else, we’re all welcoming the arrival of Spring. Even though it irritates my allergies, it makes me so happy to see flowers blooming again, trees budding, and butterflies fluttering. Ok, so the butterflies don’t irritate my allergies, but the other things do. LOL With all of that in mind, I came up with this Spring-inspired card design using the current sketch from the Can You Case It challenge blog.
I created the lattice focal panel by hand using tiny strips of white cardstock cut on my paper trimmer. It was pretty tedious glueing it all together, but I think the end result was definitely worth the effort! To help frame my lattice panel, I stamped all around the card base using stamps from the Timeless Textures set from Stampin’ Up!®. I used the same ink color as my cardstock for a tone on tone look.
For the sentiment, I chose a stamp from Cottage Greetings. I just LOVE the font on that stamp set! I heat embossed it on a strip of Blushing Bridge cardstock using white embossing powder to tie it in with the white lattice focal piece.
I created my butterfly using the smaller layering stamps in the Watercolor Wings stamp set. I stamped the base layer in second generation Blushing Bride, the detail layer in first generation Blushing Bride, and the wing outline layer in first generation So Saffron. I cut my stamped layer and the vellum layer on my Big Shot using the coordinating butterfly Framelit and Thinlet dies.
I added some small flowers and leaves to dress up my lattice. I sponged around the edges to give them a bit of dimension then added a pearl accent in the center. You might also notice in this photo there’s a bit of shimmer on the card base. (As always, if you would like a larger view, just click on the image.) I created that look using the small dots stamp from Timeless Textures and my clear Wink of Stella pen. I love how it just gives little spots of sparkle here and there.
To coordinate the inside of my card with the front, I added some stamping using the same colors I used for the front. I used a couple of the same Timeless Textures images as well as the smallest butterfly from the Butterfly Basics stamp set.
I’m entering this card in the following challenges:
- Can You Case It? – the current theme is a sketch challenge.
- Pals Paper Arts – the current theme is a color challenge (Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, and So Saffron).
- Little Red Wagon – the current theme is Easter/Spring.
Until next time …