Sunday 30 April 2017

… as if they had surprised a butterfly in a winter wood

I’m sharing a card today featuring a stamp from Magnolia’s first Vintage Box, a lovely wood grain pattern, and a Noor! Design Butterfly diecut.

This card was inspired by the current Fusion inspiration photo.  Rather than a musical background I decided to go with the wood grain.  I embossed this with white embossing powder to create a resistant outline before using some Brusho and Color Burst powder to create the smooshed effect from the inspiration photo.

At Less is More they are looking for shadows so I’ve added in two on my card.  The first is incredibly subtle; in fact, the whole sentiment is almost invisible (turns out those colour powders are harder to control than I thought!).  I stamped my sentiment in Old Olive ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder before shifting my paper ever so slightly to create the shadow in black ink.  I split the sentiment into two; my first stamping (the ‘wish’) was a much better shadow effect than the second.  But then I added in the colour powders and it all kinda didn’t matter so much as I realised, too late, I should have done the sentiment in a contrasting colour.

The second shadow is on my butterfly.  I cut two, one I inked in black and doused in clear embossing powder to form my shadow; the second I left white and covered in some Shabby White Fran-tage for some bling against my otherwise rather grungy background.

The current challenge at Crafting When We Can is CAS so I am linking my card up there too.  I’ve not as much white space as I had planned; again, it was my inability to control the colour powders that is to blame.  I do like the effect though and will definitely be playing some more with these.

Chalks & Powders etc
Stampendous! Embossing Powder ~ Detail Clear & Detail White
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Noor! Design Die ~ 6003/0023 Butterfly
Inks & Paints etc
Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Pad ~ Basic Black & Old Olive
Bellbird Paperarts ~ Cotton Blend Card
Stampin’ Up! Cardstock ~ Always Artichoke
Magnolia ~ Wood Grain from Vintage Box 1
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection ~ THJ009 Saying Stuff

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Smashing and creative make with brushos and stencils


  2. What a great card xx Jan

  3. Wow! I love this artistic and super cool card! The background is stunning, and the shadowed butterfly is perfect for our shadow challenge. The background is perhaps a bit busy for our clean and simple guidelines, but what a stunner of a card, so full of impact and movement. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Less is More :)

  4. Oh, those Brushos do like to do their own thing don't they! I think you've controlled them pretty well here and the background with the woodgrain looks really interesting. Great shadows too.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x

  5. Very pretty! thanks for playing at Crafting When We Can!

  6. Now this is my kind of "not so clean" and simple lol The shadow effects work really well against the mottled background, and I love everything "woodlandy" :D Thank you for joining us at CWWC Challenge :D XXX

  7. Wow I love that fabulous background! Beautifully done! Glad you're shared it at Fusion!

  8. Gorgeous card Emily - fabulous background! So glad you joined in the fun @ FUSION


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