Thursday, February 25, 2010

Rainbow Butterfly

Good morning! The goal of this clean and simple card was to focus on this dazzling butterfly from"Hope is Faith". Have you bought your set yet? Throughout the month of February, $2.00 from every sale of the Hope is Faith stamp set will be donated to the Red Cross to help with the work they are doing to help the people in Haiti, so there are a few days left to get this beautiful set and help their cause! Card base is Pure Luxury White with the bottom corners rounded with a punch. I embossed a curvy panel with the Labels Eight, choosing this shape to frame both image and greeting and emulate the beautiful curves of the butterfly wings. (originally I intended to leave the card flat (just didn't want to you think I was to lazy to emboss!) but I think without may have been a better design, though, you'll see in a minute. I colored the image in a rainbow pattern with Copics, the rainbow a reminder to us that God keeps his promises, and then covered the entire butterfly with Versamark and shimmery embossing powder to make the whole surface sparkle. I cut it out, bent the wings and popped it up. Wish you could see the shimmer in real life! (click for closeup)
Now THIS card is my 7 year old son's who wanted to CASE my card after he saw me coloring my butterfly. He colored and cut it out himself and LOVED doing the glitter part and using the heat gun! See how much more dramatic the butterfly is without the embossed frame? (IMO) Now of course you'll notice a HUGE shadow under the butterfly like it is not attached but hovering. Well, I was so proud of him, he engineered this terrific pop-up all by himself by folding up two strips of paper at a couple different angles to have it standing out about two inches from the card without drooping, very cool! It won't flatten to fit in an envelope, but that's okay, hand delivered cards when you can are best, right? Thanks for visiting and letting us share today!
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15 comments:

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Both of your cards are gorgeous, Melanie! The rainbow coloring looks fantastic! TFS!

Diane said...

Your son takes after his Mama!!!
Both cards are gorgeous,I really like the embossing on your card!
And the butterfly looks stunning with the rainbow colors and glitter!

Shawna said...

Oh, now how gorgeous is that butterfly? Awesome, as always, Melanie!

Juli Smith, SU! Demo said...

I like both cards! He did an amazing job coloring, cutting and sparkling! My 9 yr old ds probably wouldn't do that nice of a job! :)
I still like the embossed border though - it just adds a subtle touch with out taking away from the stunning butterfly. I see these two cards as a step-it-up idea - first your 7 yr old's card, then a small step up is yours with the dry embossing. Great job to you both!

Anonymous said...

Both cards are beautiful! Your son did a super job!! Talent runs in the family!

Anonymous said...

Tell Jonathan I love his glittery butterfly and pop-up idea, beautiful and very creative. Way to go, Jonathan! You're a great artist!

Love,

Grandma

Donna said...

Love the idea of the rainbow butterfly. Both cards are lovely. Your son did a marvelous job. He must have gotten his talent from you!

Gloria Westerman said...

How adorable it this.....my son is name Jonathan too....he's 29 and probably would color with me today....if he had time.....and I love his pop up idea......really talented little guy......

Cheri said...

Your 7 year old son's card was a fantastic cased card. Great job. Love the rainbow butterfly idea and the CAS on GKD Pure Luxury White.

Miesje said...

This is beautiful! What a wonderful butterfly. I love the embossing.

Lori said...

I'll bet they are even more gorgeous in real life! Your son is an artist in his own right. Wow, at first I thought it was the same card!

Cyndybr said...

Oh, Melanie, I love your butterfly! Both cards are great...but I must say one of my favorite stamps of yours is the Inspiration Mosaic. I have used it for so many different cards, the latest being Easter cards for Operation Write Home. What a fun stamp!

Sharon said...

Both cards are beautiful and I'm sure the butterfuly is so shimmery IRL.
Your son did such a fine job too
Sharon

Casmiles said...

Both cards are absolutely beautiful!

Kierra said...

The butterfly is so beautful. I love the framing around card number ones butterfly.