here. The general idea is to be inspired by Pantone Color Chips and we are to mimic that art form in our project. If you enter Pantone Chip Style into the search box on Pinterest, you'll see lots of examples of some of the art that is being done with these.
The basic look of the Pantone chip is a block of color with a narrower white box underneath. In very simple text it lists the color number and name in the white part of the box. For my "chip" I made it 2.25 x 3 inches and the color part of the chip is 2.25 x 2.25. I used Limitless Layers 2.25 inch square to cut my shape. Since the overall size of the focal point is smaller, I also cut an A1 Scalloped Notecard from Stamper's Select White since I was planning to make a Thank You Note. I wanted something that was the right scale for the paint chip but the only dies I have in that size are older ones from Quickutz. I've tried them a few times with my Cuttlebug but I don't get very clean cuts normally. I had recently made an anniversary card for my husband where I used one of these dies but I took all of the foam off and it cut perfectly in my Cuttlebug then. So I thought I'd give it a go for this small butterfly this morning and it worked perfectly.
I still have the small Sizzix Sidekick from 10 or so years ago and I saw new ones at CHA in Phoenix this year, but so far, I haven't seen the cutting pads available yet and my old ones are worn and cracked. Those pads were scheduled to be out out sometime this summer, so I'm on the lookout for them.
Edited to add: I thought I would check the Simon Says Stamp Store again and they do indeed have the cutting pads in stock for the Sizzix Sidekick. I ordered three pairs to get me started.
Anyhow, if you're like me and have lots of dies from your scrapbooking days, this is a way to use them in the bigger die cut machines. I've always loved these little butterflies and I was happy to get them out and use them again this morning. I used True Black Cardstock for the butterfly bodies and antennae and some watercolor smooshing with Tropical Teal and some Hawaiian Shores reinkers for the cardstock that the sparkly butterfly parts are cut from. Since I was using black ink for the stamping, I wanted a narrow 1/16th inch black mat around the color chip.
The sentiment I used here is from Bitty Bouquets. I really like the clean lines of this card and I can see this style working great for masculine cards as well. I had to add another picture because this card is really hard to see on the white background. It's side folding and I normally do Top Folding cards so the table top seemed the easiest solution to the problem.
Thanks for stopping in to check out my project! Be sure to see all the projects at Nichole Heady's Blog and you can also find Lexi's Video there as well.