Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Guest Designer at City Crafter

A while back, I asked to be the guest designer at the City Crafter Challenge Blog. My initial excitement turned into fear when I saw that the challenge was called "Seeing Double." The challenge was to use both the positive and negative of a die or punch. Now I most often use the positives of a die and I sometimes use the negative of the punch but I usually don't use them together. So I thought and I thought and I thought some more. Then, I saw this new patterned paper from My Mind's Eye 2012 CHA release:
I was drawn to the rows of butterflies and the paper quickly became my inspiration for my card. Here is my card:

Please note that Purple Cardstock + Glossy Accents + Cloudy Day =Major Photography Challenge!! I'm just saying!

To create the card, I stamped the background onto a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock using the same color ink. I added the sentiment in black ink. Next, I punched five butterflies from a scrap piece of paper and affixed them with removable adhesive to the cardstock. These served as positioning guides for me to punch the butterflies in a straight row. I backed the negative I created with a piece of patterned paper and added some coordinating paper strips to frame it. I used a 6x6 pad so that the scale was not too big. I adhered the punch butterflies to the card using Glossy Accents as my adhesive. I put rolled up glue dots under each wing to maintain the dimension. To make the butterfly wings stand out even more from the background, I coated each with Glossy Accents.

You can visit the City Crafter Challenge Blog to see what the other designers did and join in the fun. This week's prize is a Guest Design spot of your very own. If you do play a long, please link up to the comment section of my blog. I would love to see your project!

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (Stamper's Select White); Stampin' UP! (Rich Razzleberry)'
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey (Sweet Threads);
Stamps: Hero Arts (Envelope Pattern, Luscious Frames);
Inks: Memento (Tuxedo Black); Stampin' UP! (Rich Razzleberry)
Tools: Martha Stewart punch (Classic Butterfly); Fiskars border punch (Scallop Sentiment);
Misc.: Recollections rhinestones


Ladyofthelake318 said...

That's a beautiful card! Love the way you used both positive and negative. I don't use punches all that often, and like you, will use either/or but don't often use both in one project. You did a great job! May have to lift this idea for my MIL's bday card.

Erin Blegen said...

Wow what a beautiful card!! Love the layered butterflies!

Ros said...

You did a great job with this challenge ... love it! ... many thanks for Guesting this week with us

Susan (rainy) said...

I love Love LOVE this creative fabulous idea! Such a beautiful card. The butterflies are wonderful.

Leslie Miller said...

Just look at all those pretty, colorful butterflies on a CAS and easy to mail card! Great idea the way you created this beauty, Linda. Thanks for sharing the details!