Friday, May 23, 2014

more butterflies and blooms (CASE, SSS, sprinkle of imagination)

Did you see my card yesterday?  Butterflies. (And a giveaway!)  Well with rabbles on the mind and this cool card of Wida's up at CASE Study...

... and a nudge from Tracey M. to use this PTI Cutting Garden bloom, this is what I came up with. 

Some stamping, heat embossing, dry embossing, washi taping, die cutting, splattering...
TIP: Best to do splattering before you've got your card done. Unfortunately, it dawned on me that splatters were one element of Wida's card that I wanted to CASE after I had everything else done. I had to fake them. Do I like my splatters? Nope. Do I like the two-toned embossing on the Ranunculus? Yep ;)

So with blooms on the mind as well as these challenges...

A Sprinkle of Imagination - May

I went on another adventure.  With gelatos.  Everyone makes them look so easy but they are definitely not my BFF. Watched this video and thought "looks easy enough." Ha! This is my salvaged card.

Heat embossed the CHF distressed diamonds BG. Knowing I wanted to stamp the CHF daisy, I applied gelatos in lime, turquoise, purple, orange and fuchsia roughly where the bloom would later be.  Spritzed with water.  Painted with a wet brush.  And the darn blue (around the lime center - nod to Darnell K.) just kept disappearing.  Crazy. 

Kept playing with it until I finally decided it was time to give up and just iron off the embossing.  I do like how the distressed nature of the stamp let some of the color through so that the emboss-remove diamonds were not totally white.

But then the next crazy.  Stamped the daisy with purple Adirondack ink. Didn't work. Is there such a thing as "gelato-resist"??? Dabbed it up as much as I could and restamped with orange StazOn. Couldn't see it well enough so I stamped it again with black StazOn.  Then added some more blue gelato where I wanted it to be. Nothing like force, eh? Geesh.

A heat embossed sentiment on vellum and a couple punched dragonflies decided to hop on board.

The purple layer behind the panel?  That was my stamping off of the daisy stamp after stamping it on the panel and before cleaning it ;)

Happy weekend.  I'll announce the winner of the STAMPlorations stamp set tomorrow, BTW.

Supplies for happy birthday A
Paper:  CS Bringmann, vellum, PP Pink Petticoat
Stamps:  PTI, sentiment STAMPlorations
Ink : Adirondack, Versamark
Tools: butterfly die Hero ARts, alpha die PTI
Other: Heidi Swapp spray ink, gold polka dot washi, white and gold embossing powder

Supplies for happy birthday
Paper:  watercolor paper, vellum, old book
Stamps: CHF, sentiment STAMPlorations
Ink : Versamark, StazOn
Other: gelatos


  1. Awesome cards, Maria! I can't tell that your gelatos card is salvaged, it looks exactly like it was meant to be that way - it's amazing!

  2. I am wowed!
    the delicate butterflies and that gold touch peeping out had me staring!

  3. Maria these are both so gorgeous and seriously I agree with Michelle, I looked at it and though wow how does Maria do that? You are awesome!

  4. Cool and artsy cards! The splatters on the first card look pretty genuine to me! If you wouldn't write about your struggles we would have now idea! We would just be in awe... But it is nice to know that things don't always work out for you either like you intended... Although your cards still end up looking fabulous!

  5. I came over from CS to say I loved your card and found your other masterpiece! I think you've invented a knew technique - pity your didn't make a video (although the sound would probably have to be edited lol )!!! Anyways I just want to say I am in love with this card!!! It look like you've used a photo. hugs

  6. Great cards - both, but the second one just blows my mind!

  7. Such lovely cards and great techniques on both of them, especially the second one which is fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing both your projects and for joining us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

  8. Wow - love these! The gold emboss and vellum with the black on the first card and amazing gelato effects on the second are just fab. You have inspired me to persevere with my gelatos as they aren't my BFF either :)

  9. Maria, both your cards are eye-catching delights! I'm swooning over the vellum butterflies and gold embossed flower in your first! Such a pretty combination, and the pops of green and black add such impact! Your splatters look perfect to me! Your second, wow and wow! The issues you had with the techniques certainly aren't evident here; rather, you've designed an eye-catching, vibrant, artsy, happy-making card! Awesome+++

  10. Two fabulous cards, Maria! I love the two-tone embossed ranunculus AND the splats. And no-one would have guessed the pain you went through on the second card if you hadn't said. Looks like a lino print.

  11. Love both!! Your CASE Study card is so fresh and trendy and your second card is incredibly bright and fun!

  12. Your take on Wida's card is so fresh and amazing! So many details to see. Reminds me of a scrapbook page in miniature.

  13. Wow amazing cards love them both. Glad you joined us over at CASE study.

  14. Wow...all your cards are fabulous! You are so stinkin' creative Maria. I always love to see your wonderful cards.

  15. I love your clear and really stylish design! Thank you for being with CAS(E) Study this week.

  16. Both great cards, Maria. I especially love your daisy gelatos card. That center flower looks amazing, like if it was real. Really artsy.

  17. I am not sure how you do it, you get this affect on your cards that I can't explain, but it's amazing! I especially like the first one, I think it's the gold that makes it pop

  18. Geez, I don't know how I managed to miss these 2 cards, Maria! The first is just downright elegant (the two-toned embossing rocks -- must. try. it.) and the second card is just super artsy to me!

  19. Ooo love the background. Great card, thank you for entering the challenge at A sprinkle of Imagination.


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