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Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Card With No (Gasp!) Embellishments


This is another "thinking about you/praying for you" card made for the Cards in Envy challenge which is for cards that will mail easily.  That is, cards that will fit in a regular envelope, not require extra postage or hand cancelling and have no embellishments thicker than a shirt button.  I challenged myself to make an interesting card with some dimension using paper and ink only.  I used sponge daubers to ink the butterfly stamp with Vineyard Berry layered over Smokey Plum on all but the outer edge of the wings.  On the edge I lightly dabbed on Smokey Plum followed by a bit of Bamboo to "gray out" the color.  After I cut out the butterfly, I sponged the edges with more Smokey Plum, colored the body with black marker and then attached the only the body so that the wings lift.  Before attaching the butterfly, I masked off all but the antennae and stamped on the card with black.  The half medallion was cut using the Paper Lace Cricut cartridge.  I cut two "lace" pieces and one background out of metallic paper and stacked them.  This is my favorite way to get the effect of a metal embellishment without the thickness, weight or expense.  The theme for the current challenge is stripes or polka dots, so I used is my favorite striped paper which just happens to come from a Halloween paper pack even though I have never used this paper pack for a Halloween card.  Here is the inside of the card:

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time, Hansi
Materials used, all from Close to My Heart unless otherwise noted:
Paper:  Moonlight (retired), Colonial White and Avonlea Off White cardstock, Reflections metallic paper pack from Michael's
Stamp:  Find Your Style (retired)
Ink:  Smokey Plum, Vineyard Berry, Bamboo, Black plus a black marker
Other:  Paper Lace Cricut cartridge


  1. What a gorgeous card. Love your butterfly and how you stamped it. Thanks for playing at Cards in Envy.

  2. That butterfly is beautiful! Great job thanks for sharing with CIE.