• Donna Biderman

My Card Featured in our Team Challenge!

Hey, I entered a color challenged for my team and won a prize! :) Color challenges are sooo much fun. They challenge you to use only a few colors - ones you may not usually put together. This one allowed us to use only Merry Merlot, Flirty Flamingo and Soft Suede, plus whisper white paper and tuxedo black ink. I used my "stamp set of the month" Jar of Flowers, and of course I had to use my Butterfly Beauty dies to have some butterflies flitting about. I love adding them to all sorts of projects, they add a beautiful or whimsical effect to so many cards. Also, I have a bit of a surprise on the card - I have been trying to figure out how to build a shelf for the jars, and it came to me at 10:00 pm the night the card was due. :)

Here is the card I came up with:

See the shelf? I pulled out all my embossing folders and stared at them until it came to me. The greenery embossing folder contains two folders, one of which is perfect for a shelf! Since it is a mini folder, I was able to turn my card horizontal and, by placing the folder in the middle from side to side and placing just a little of the cardstock in the folder (and leaving the rest hanging out) I embossed the stand. I used the line stamp from Jar of Flowers to create the shelf across the top of the stand and placed two jars on the shelf. I filled them with flowers from the same set (cut down to fit the jars and the card), and added a few flying butterflies. What do you think? I love the way the shelf looks 3D and the butterflies looks like they are flying off the page! Leave a comment and let me know what you think. If you re-create the card please post a photo of your card.

Ingredients: Jar of Flowers stamp set; butterfly beauty dies; greenery embossing folder; tuxedo black ink pad; flirty flamingo Stampin' Blends; merry merlot, flirty flamingo, soft suede, and whisper white cardstocks; stampin' dimensionals, glue dots, and liquid glue; sponge. I also used the Stampin' Up! Cut and Emboss machine.

Recipe: Cut a piece of merry merlot cardstock to 5 1/2 x 8 inches (usual size), score and fold at 4 1/4 inches so that you have a regular card size, then turn it horizontally. Cut a piece of soft suede cardstock to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. Put this piece in the greenery embossing folder, with the folder in the middle and on the bottom of the cardstock and the rest hanging out the bottom. Emboss in your Cut and Emboss Machine. Rub the sponge on the tuxedo black ink pad, then rub it over the raised part of the embossed image to make it pop out more (tip: if you are worried about getting the ink on the other parts of the card, place sticky notes along the edge of the stand. This will protect the rest of the card. Take it off as soon as the sponging is done). Using your Stamparatus to get perfect placement, ink the shelf in tuxedo black, then place it on the stand. Again using the Stamparatus, place two jars on the shelf. Stamp two flowers from the Jar of Flowers set on whisper white cardstock, color with your flirty flamingo Stampin' Blends, and fussy cut out, cutting the flowers down until you feel they are the right size for the project. Add to the jars using stampin' dimensionals. Tear the soft suede cardstock around all edges (tip: tear towards yourself and not away for a more distressed look). Using liquid glue, adhere the soft suede on top of the merry merlot cardstock. Using the butterfly beauty dies, cut out as many small butterflies as you would like. There are 20 dies in this set, and each has a corresponding friend. Look at the two sheets of dies. Each has a friend on the other sheet that is the same shape and size; one is more delicate and detailed (the top butterfly) and the other is the background (the bottom butterly). I cut four butterflies by cutting eight pieces (a delicate and a background for each of the four butterflies). Using glue dots, place the background die of each butterfly where you want it, then using another glue dot add the delicate piece on top, and fold the top wings upwards until the butterfly looks like it is flying off the page. Add any sentiment you want.

That's it! Hope you enjoy and make this card.

By Donna Biderman,

All images (c) Stampin' Up!

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