Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Simple Card

Happy Tuesday!!

Today was a hot one here. The weather has been so funny lately. Yesterday was cloudy but really cool and today was sunny, muggy and HOT. A good day to stay in and get some stuff done.

Today is going to be a quick share. I created this for three challenges, something I rarely do. Here is my card:

The first challenge was for Curtain Call and I used the colors on my water brushed rectangle that are in the photo below. Aren't they so pretty?

The first thing I did was to stamp the butterfly onto watercolor paper and then heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. I then used PTI Soft Stone, Harvest Gold, Hawaiian Shores and Smokey Shadow stamp pads and a water brush to make the stripes.

I also used the sketch below, as well as the actual card, as my inspiration on how this card would be put together. Both are from PTI's Newsletter in an "Inspiration Archive" article.

The background paper was stamped with a polka dot stamp from PTI. I have to admit that it is not perfect but since this was my fourth attempt at stamping it, I kept it. It irks me to waste paper!!

I added a few elements that were not in the sketch. Instead of a circle, I chose the butterfly shape. I also decided to use foam adhesive to pop up the sentiment banner, giving me room to over lap some enamel dots.

The last element I added was the border at the bottom of the painted rectangle. The rectangle I cut was not big enough so I had to figure out a way to have the bottom stick out. I die cut a piece of Aqua Mist card stock with a PTI "Journal Cards Border" and then trimmed it to fit the rectangle. It was perfect!!

I am also entering this card into Simon Says Stamps Wednesday's "Anything Goes" Blog challenge.

I thank you for stopping by!!



Virginia Lu said...

I adore your take on the colors, Nora! The shading and design are fabulous! What a great idea to use the little tag with the black card stock for the banners! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Nora :-) the colours and whole design of this is beautiful, so very pretty :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Lols x x x

Ingrid Kristina V said...

Beautiful design! Great colours, so bright and lovely!

Taunya Butler said...

Nora - I am so very impressed - this card is light, happy, and so bright!! Love the polka dot background and your enamel dots were used to perfection!! Such an amazing card!!

Amy Sheffer said...

Gorgeous card! I love the watercoloring! Thanks for joining us at the Curtain Call Challenge!

Tracey McNeely said...

Vey pretty card Nora, the colours are wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Curtain Call!

Marisa said...

Beautifully watercoloured panel. Thanks for joining us at The Curtain Call.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Very pretty Nora. Love the color washed background with the butterfly. The heat embossed greeting looks great on the black strip. Thank you for playing along with us at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.

Diane said...

Love the background design Nora, I really need to buy some of those fabulous enamel dots. Very fun butterfly design and sentiment.

Hugs diane