Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Card Concept "Fresh Flutters"

Hello everyone! Today is my first post as a member of the Design Team over at The Card Concept and we have this beautiful inspiration image for Challenge #71, Fresh Flutters. Nearly every card I make is for a female and pretty much any of them could have a butterfly on it and be okay for anyone. Whatever our age, we seem to find them magical.

For my card today, I started by inking up some Stamper's Select Vellum with Tropical Teal Ink and then dried it with my heat tool.  Then I stamped 3 of the butterflies from an older Stampin' Up set I have using Versamark and heat set them with Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder.  I punched them with the coordinating punch, also from Stampin' Up. Normally, I would use a larger butterfly, but I like the dreamy delicate quality of the butterflies and Baby's Breath in the inspiration image so I wanted to have a few smaller butterflies for my card today.

Next I cut a Stitched Rectangle using the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Die in the largest size from this scrap of the blue and white paper.  Then I cut the Basic Bookmark #3 from the wide stripe patterned paper. Both pieces of this paper are from American Crafts and were literally scraps a bit larger than the size of a card front.  I had just enough for the background panel and the bookmark (aka banner) which is one of my favorite ways to use this die. With the pierced and eyelet looking details, it makes a beautiful banner.

Next I die cut 3 of the Penny Black "dream" die cuts so I could glue them one on top of the other for a thicker embellishment and also die cut one of the Simon Says Stamp Calliope Flourish.  I have a lot of brads around from before and I never got to actually use them much before since they don't lay flat in a scrapbook.  I have these small little brads with the glittered tops and I used them for my flower centers to help define where the flowers are in the flourish.

The rest was simply a matter of assembly.  I made a Top Folding A2 Card Base from Stamper's Select White Cardstock. You can't see it in the photos, but the card front has been given a few mists of Tsukineko Sheer Sparkle Shimmer Spritz to aid in creating that dreamy look.  I finished this card off with a few Sparkling Clear Mix Sequins.  This particular package has a mix of 4 sizes in the pack.

This card has a different feel to it than what I normally do, but it feels so fresh and "crisp" that I just love how it turned out.  In fact, I loved it so much that even though I already had another card made and the blog post written, I wrote this new one for today's post.

I'm also entering this into the Sunday Stamps Challenge with their theme of Banner Love - Take Two.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to check all of the Design Team's Inspiration over at The Card Concept Blog and be sure to share your project with us in the gallery.  


  1. Vicki, this is so elegant and gorgeous! I love the colors, the beautiful stitched banners and the gold butterflies! So happy you joined us at Sunday Stamps! XX

  2. Vicki- welcome to The Card Concept Design Team!! Love your sweet card with the blues, butterflies, banner and flowers- perfect for our Fresh Flutter Challenge! I am so thrilled to be able to design alongside you- hugs and I hope you have a wonderful Easter week!

  3. Congratulations Vicki on your new design team!! Your card is absolutely stunning!!

  4. Welcome aboard, Vicki! You are going to make a great addition to our team! Your card is so beautiful and elegant, with crisp lines and a classy look. I love the little bit of gold on the butterflies.
    Take Care!

  5. Oh those elegant gold tipped butterflies! As usual, drop dead gorgeous card! How fun to be on a team with you... look forward to all your stunning creations!

  6. I totally agree with the butterfly, They are magical! I love your blog and your projects I am so glad you are on Card Concept, I can't wait to see what you create!

  7. So pretty! Love the touches of gold!

  8. Beautiful florals and butterflies on the banner background. I love your soft papers. Thank you for joining Sunday Stamps this week.

  9. Hi Vicki, welcome to the team :) What a start!!! Your card is completely stunning. I love the colours. The stitched stripe panel is such a great contrast to the patterned background and I love your butterflies.

  10. Very pretty card!

    Thanks for joining us at Sunday Stamps!


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