Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Sparkly Pink Butterflies

Do you ever wonder why we torment ourselves? (or am I the only one?)

(see also Velvet Glitter Butterflies using the same technique, here)

I'm in love with Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter, and all the techniques which look so pretty with it, that I've been making more for make 'n takes.

So where's the torment?

Ugh! Photographing glitter and embossing powder is pure torture! LOL
Painting with Watercolors has never been easier!

  Custom embellishments: 
  • use the same color cardstock in the die cuts, 
  • paint a bit of matching watercolors on them, and 
  • coat with embossing powders. 

The Winter White Cosmic embossing powder offers a chance to DISTRESS with sparkling, creamy EP. (on the flower petals). The cardstock color peeks through the distressed EP, but is still slightly "icy" in appearance.

The Memory Box Fuchsia Sprig and Cheery Lynn Tropical Flourish are both cut from pink cardstock, watercolored a bit, and then coated with VersaMark ink and creamy, pearly SNS Opaline Cosmic Embossing Powder. (The Cosmic line is really quite magical). Creamy - Pearly - So Soft looking!

Here is a close up of the distressed flower petals, the now-pearly flower center, and the pearly flourish.

The Opaline Cosmic EP is gorgeous - one of my favorites. Used on the el-cheapo brad (flower center), it now appears to match the pink pearl swirls.

Embossing Powders can completely change the look of ordinary die cuts and papers.

The cheapest, ugliest cardstock in your stash can be transformed into beautiful designer style paper.

A simple sentiment finishes the card.

The supplies used in making this card are listed below.

SNS supplies listed first:

Words Had Wings Stamp 3575-451B
Rhubarb Stalk dye ink #99615
SNS Opaline Cosmic EP359
SNS Winter White Cosmic EP409
SNS Cloud Nine Velvet Glitter (microfine) GM2000
SNS Super Adhesive Sheets SAS02 (double sided)
SNS Brushable Glue #540
SNS Double Sided Tear-ific Tape SAT01
Dove Blender Pen
VersaMark Ink

Other Supplies:
SB Embossing Folder (M-Bossibilities EL-002 )
SB Grand Nestabilities Labels Four
SU triple flower punch
MB Riviera Corner Die (inside)
CL Tropical Flourish Die
MB Fuchsia Sprig
Lyra Aquacolor Crayons
Class A Peel Stickers (any stickers having an outline, open interior)
Cardstock: Green, Rhubarb, Pink, White
Recollections pearl stickers
brad for flower center

Challenges this card is submitted to:
Loves Rubberstamps Challenge - Week 29 - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - Challenge 18 - Anything Goes
Lady Annes Challenges - Anything Goes (posted 11/12 thru 12/10)
Crafty Boots Challenges - Anything Goes
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - #36 To Die for
Joyful Stamper - Inspire Me Fridays #88 - Anything Goes!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamping hugs, always


Brenda said...

If at all possible, this is even more spectacular than the first one!!! I love the Winter White & Opaline powders too... Just jaw dropping gorgeous!!!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Well the photographing might have been torture but I am so glad you put up a few pic's to show off that shimmer and shine. I LOVE your butterflys and the colors and the shimmer and the shine. This is so beautiful. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

Shona Erlenborn said...

My gosh - you've done it again! This is so, so pretty Donna, I just love how you coordinated all the embellishments to the colors of the butterflies. It's another work of art! Gotta love that Cloud Nine!

Anonymous said...

Hello Donna
Thank You for visiting my blog and your lovely comment.
I definitely relate! At the weekend I was photographing DT cards and the sparkle just would not show up so today I intend to try once again. I also have an issue when photographing photo real images as sometimes they will reflect the surrounding texture creating lots of issues for me.
This is just brimming with prettiness. As you have stamping on your card I am sure it would be suitable as an entry for Fashionable Stamping Challenge's To Die For challenge this fortnight.

Anne Temple said...

I'm speechless! This is amazing! More things that I NEED for my wish list :-).

Karalee said...

Oh Donna, this is beyond gorgeous. Your color choices are perfect. And the soft coloring within the butterfly stickers is beautiful. I too, love that Cloud Nine glitter. It's as versatile as it is beautiful.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Donna ! Another gorgeous Butterfly creation ! Love the soft colours and layers, great work ! Hope you are having a wonderful day, Shirleyx

pam said...

hi Donna, gogeous creation, love all the bling & die cutting, butterfly looks amazing.

pam said...

hi Donna, another fabulous creation, love the bling & die cuts,
butterfly is amazing.pam

pam said...

hi Donna, another fabulous creation, love the bling & die cuts,
butterfly is amazing.pam

Dee's Craft Room said...

Oh, such a pretty, pretty card. Love your butterfly design.

Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


Julie Short said...

Hi Donna I could not have come to visit your blog for a more perfect post - sparkles and butterflies - totally my thing too! So much so that I am becoming a follower so I can come back and have a leisurely look at your other wonderful posts.
PS Your are so right about photographing glitz - we love camera hates!

NanaConnie said...

I am so loving these, Donna. I just did an order today which includes some of the new EP with Velvet Glitter in it. Can't wait to get my hands on it and try some of these. I've been searching my stash for the outline stickers but may just have to go buy some new ones. Enabler!! lol

creativearts said...

Loving those butterflies! If at all possible, this one is prettier than the last! Love what you are doing with those embossing powders and glitters!

Marcy said...

Wow, that is beautiful & I love the water color effect on the butterfly. Love all the glitter & sparkles. So pretty!:) thanks for joining us over at Loves Rubberstamps!:)

Laura Love said...

Those butterflies are GORGEOUS! I feel you with the photographing glitter. Why does it have to be so hard? LOL! Nothing is more frustrating than seeing your gorgeous shimmery project look like there is not one speck of sparkle through the lens! You are not alone - I find it super tough too - LOL! I always say...TRUST ME - The Glitter is there! Thank you so much for playing along with us this week at Loves Rubberstamps!

Dawn said...

Ooooh My Gosh - This is soooooo pretty! Wow!!! I just love everything about it - all the shimmery sparkle, the soft pretty colours. It is absolutely delightful. (And your photos turned out great!)

Hugs, Dawn

Barbara Bruder said...

What a beautiful creation. Your coloring is fabulous. Love all the elements that make up this fabulous card.

Davi said...

Wow that is gorgeous, you would know that you had trouble photographing!

Shelby said...

What a stunningly gorgeous card and absolutely adore the color palette you've used. The butterfly is out of this world and I think you've captured everything just wonderfully in your photos.


Christina @ Floridays Mom said...

Oh my goodness! How beautiful. So happy to have found your site. Your work is beautiful! I can't believe this is a card, the colors are just beautiful. I think you did a fine job photographing it was well.

Chana said...

Stunning! I love your design, Very nicely done!
I have got to get some of that velvet glitter!
Thanks for playing with us at Artistic Inspirations!

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a beautifull butterfly card, it's so gorgeous, I don't have words for it!!!
love the colours and the glittering!!


Linda said...

Donna you have brought to life a beautiful butterfly. Your photography is impeccable. Your choice of colors is exquisite. WOW stunning!

Stampsnob said...

Gorgeous ! You don't mind challenging yourself do you ?>>Lis

Wendy H said...

Hi Donna, This is beautiful I love the colours and the techniques you've used.

Also thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving the lovely comments, thank you. I'm looking forward to working/playing with you and the rest of the FP team.

Take care.

Wendy xx

Shannon White said...

Oh My Goodness Miss Donna!! Just as Gorgeous as your first one if not more so!! Wow!! Love the Pretty colors and all the Fabulous sparkle!! 8-)


Julie Z said...

Oh my this is just GORGEOUS De! Every little thing about it - the soft colors, the sparkle, the added details - everything, everything. So very beautiful!!

And you know I'm with you TOTALLY on the torment! Love the sparkle, but dozens & dozens of pictures to try to capture it is soooo frustrating - you know I'm with you on that!!!! At least the results are so worth it! :-)

Lynn Stevens said...

Oh I feel your pain, it drives me crazy that the glitter doesn't show up. Imagine how rich someone would be if they could figure out how to do it?
None the less your card is Gorgeous!
hugs Lynn

Donna Maligno said...

Oh, am I ever loving this one! Your colors are soft! And I'd say you got the photography right on! It is difficult to photo glitter and have the recipient actually appreciate the "real" thing. Great job, De!

Brenda Brown said...

What a beautiful, sparkly card Donna, it's so pretty. Great use of dies and perfect for the challenge at FSC, thanks for sharing it with us.
Hugs Brenda xxx

Anonymous said...

OMG stunning just absolutely gorgeous. Love the colors. I look foreard to working with you at Feline playful xx

Connie said...

Hi, I'm back . . . your cards are just so very pretty. The other day I read a verse that said that snowflakes where winter's butterflies. I thought that it was a lovely comment and that you may have never heard it. It certainly fits your lovely cards.
I enjoyed the comment you left. You're a sweetheart and I would love to have you as a follower.
Your newest fan and follower, Connie :)

Connie said...

Hi Donna, and welcome to my wonderful bunch of sister bloggers.
I am delighted to see you and looking forward to a great blogging friendship.
I'm adding your name to the Give-Away, Good Luck!
Happy Holidays.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

P.S. Great profile photo, the two of you look so happy:)

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Donna you are so sweet. Thank you for the lovely comment about my work. It is such a wonderful feeling to receive a gift of praise from a fellow card creator. But I have to say that your own work is exceptional. I remember commenting on this card at SCS. So I have followed you as well so we can encourage each other in our creative journey.
Bear Hugs,

Leslie Miller said...

I agree about the torment of photographing glitter and embossing. There is no way to show how utterly gorgeous this is in real life, but I can well imagine. Your photographs are a great representation, certainly enough to make me swoon. Beautifully done!

Terry said...

I agree that you just can't capture the beauty of glitter or reflective mediums, but we know it is there! These butterflies are over the top gorgeous! Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges!

Keri Brown said...

Where are you finding these gorgeous outline stickers? I can't find them anywhere... I have looked at all of my local stores to no avail... Can I send you some money to send me some? This is just a fabulous design and the colors are just beautiful... I thought the first one was fantastic but this one is right there with it... GREAT JOB!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Donna this is gorgeous! The butterfly, glitter and colors are beautiful.
Amelia x


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