Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I have some upcoming birthdays to get ready for, so our theme this month is perfect!
Before I start in on my cards, I wanted to remind everyone that our blog features giveaways every month, from our personal stash. I’ll be giving a giveaway this month! To be eligible, all you really need to do is leave a comment with your name… easy peasy! Winners are selected randomly from comments and are posted in next month’s blog post. I also announced a giveaway last month, so for December I’d like to announce that
has won some goodies! Please PM your address information and I’ll be sending out a package the following week!
The first card I created used the beautiful butterfly stamp set from Unity’s A Beautiful Mindset kit from 2021. I started with watercolor paper and stamped the image using black archival ink and then added rainbow watercolors to the butterflies. After feeling a fail coming on, I changed my mind. I decided I wanted a more colorful background, so I actually started painting colors onto the paper; mixing colors already laid down. Liking the look and wanting to intensify it, I sprinkled on Lindy’s Gang pigment onto the already wet watercolor paper, thus adding stronger colors to the background. By this time, I had already decided I was going to paper piece the butterflies on.
I stamped the butterflies again on leftover paper and used my Spectrum Noir Glitter pens on the butterflies and fussy cut them out. Then deciding I wanted to add more to the background paper, I took a TCW stencil, matte opaque paste and a mint green acrylic paint and added some texture. Finally, I added gold and black spatters. I used raised sticky dots to adhere the butterflies, adding some dimension. I used the sentiment from Fresh Air and Sunshine kit, embossed on black paper. I then found coordinating background paper I could use to frame the card and completed it by adding crystals.
For the second card, I was itching to use my pencils, so I pulled out the Friendship Blooms kit. I stamped the image onto blue toned sketch paper. I had already decided I was going to use a pretty paper from my Vintage Artistry Serenity 49 and Market paper pack. Using 5 pencils, I colored the image and fussy cut it out. I used a sentiment from one of Unity’s birthday sentiment kits. Using navy cardstock to back the paper, I added string and crystals to complete the card.
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