Hello my friends! I have decided to share a bonus blog post today as it is the one year anniversary of my very first blog post. I am so excited that I have been posting for a whole year. I started with only posting once a week but in January of this year, I started posting twice a week. There have also been a few extra posts when I partake in a blog hop. When I do the blog hop, it is generally the second Saturday of the month. You will have to read all the way to the end of today's post to see how to get entered in my blogaversary draw.
So for today's card, I am using the brand new Butterfly Brilliance stamp. It is a beautiful stamp set with a coordinating die. I am only using the stamp set for today's card though. There was some beautiful DSP but sadly, it has already sold out. It was going to be available until the end of April but it was so amazingly beautiful it went really fast.
I started with a piece of Basic White cardstock. I stamped the butterfly image on this cardstock using Versamark ink. I then added white embossing powder and heated it to melt. Once the butterflies were cooled I sponged on many different inks using the Blending Brushes. I have to say that using the blending brushes made this so easy. The colours blended so smoothly without any blobs of colour where I didn't want it. These blending brushes are amazing! My plan was to make a rainbow colour pattern like there is on one of the pieces of DSP in the bundle. The colours I used (from the lower left corner to the upper right corner) are So Saffron, Mango Melody, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Magenta Madness, Mint Macaron, Just Jade and Misty Moonlight. After I had blended the inks, I used a piece of paper towel to rub the ink off of the butterflies so they would show up better. This technique is called Emboss/Resist and is another one of my favourites.
I matted the butterfly piece on to a piece of Misty Moonlight cardstock and then added these on to a Basic White Thick card base.
I attached a piece of Misty Moonlight cardstock on to a piece of Foam Adhesive sheet. I cut my sentiment out of this using the Well Written Dies. This created the entire sentiment being popped up as though it is all on a dimensional, which technically it is. I placed the sentiment at an angle which runs in the opposite direction to the direction that the inks were sponged. I thought it looked better this way.
I felt the card needed a little something so I added some Opal Rounds that I coloued using my Misty Moonlight Stampn' Blends. I really like how these turned out. When you move the card, you can still see the shimmery of the opal through the misty moonlight. You probably can't see it in a picture but in real life it is there.
What I used for today's card:
Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this bonus post with a happy birthday card for my blog. One year of sharing cards and life experiences with you!
Also thank you all for supporting me on this journey this past year and I hope you will continue to follow me in the upcoming year. Keep commenting! It makes me so happy to read your comments. You will especially want to comment during the month of March as I will be doing a draw for an awesome prize. Your name will go in to the draw for every comment that you make during the month so obviously, the more times you comment, the better your chances.
For today's draw I want you to share a card with me. I really miss our in person classes because many of you would bring the cards they are working on to share with everyone. Take a picture of a card you have made and email it to me. Send me a comment on this blog post saying you emailed me a picture of a card. I will give you until March 27th to send me a picture of a card and I will do the draw on the 29th. I will announce the winner on my blog post on March 30th. I hope I get A LOT of pictures of cards emailed to me. Just to clarify, you will only get one entry even if you send me 50 email pictures! Of course, I would love it if you want to send me 50 pictures of cards.
Looking forward to your comments and cards!
Stay well and keep creating!