Reminder: Time Out Challenge #81

Hello, hello! Hope you had a great Easter break and it is safe and warm where you are. It has been weeks and weeks of rain (I call them showers of blessing) here in New Zealand. Can’t believe winter is only 6 weeks away!


Thank goodness for the inspiration photo over at Time Out that reminds me of a good spring day – full of joy and life! So here’s my second card motivated by the photo. Remember not to miss the closing date – you have exactly one week before you miss a chance to win prizes from STAMPlorations!


To prepare the background, I dyed some embossing paste with Picked Raspberry distress ink. Yes, you can create embossing paste in any colour you like. First, you would need a smooth surface – I made my own by laminating a piece of copy paper. Easy peasy. Press your ink pad gently on the surface to transfer the ink, and mix the embossing paste with the ink using a palette knife. Continue adding ink to build up the pigment until you achieve the colour you desire, or simply add more embossing paste to lighten it.


To create an ombré effect, I created three mixtures of different shades of pink and simply spread them across a DIY number stencil on a grey cardstock. I talked about using negative die-cut as stencils in this post. For this stencil, I used a die from Avery Elle listed below.


The swarm of butterflies image was created on ScanNCut canvas, and cut on a piece of vellum. The die-cuts were then popped up on the negative with little dots of liquid glue right in the centre, with their wings folded upwards for extra dimensions. I then heat embossed a sentiment on a piece of black card stock, and adhered both ends to the back of the card. This is one of my favourite sentiment sets as they are wonderful for any occasion and the fonts are simply gorgeous! The card is then adhered to a maroon card base and there you have it – a warm fuzzy card great for making someone’s day special.


Thanks for dropping by. Hope you find inspiration here today and happy crafting!




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