This is the card I've made for my Guest Designer spot at the Stampalot August Challenge. Back in April I entered their Birthday Challenge with this card and was lucky enough to not only win a fantastic prize but I was also given the opportunity to be a guest designer for the August challenge of Take Flight.
As butterflies are a favourite of mine to use in card making this was the theme I chose for this challenge. The main image is from a stamp sheet called Butterfly Beauties from the Stamp Man. There are ten stamps on this unmounted sheet, including three sentiments, and I've used only two of them. The large and small butterfly lady images were stamped using VersaMark ink and embossed using Disco Black embossing powder from Stampendous. I love this embossing powder and in night light it really comes to life with all the different colours sparkling through. Grand nestabilities square dies were used to cut the frames around the main image and nestabilities circles for the mats for the smaller images.
The Happy Birthday and gingham papers were printed in greyscale from the Cuddly Buddly download a Patchwork of Papers Blue and the So Saffron card stock and grosgrain ribbon is from the Stampin' up range.
To continue the butterfly theme Martha Stewarts's butterfly punch around the page set was used to give one of the layers a butterfly border. Small butterfly peel offs were added to the lady's hair and larger butterfly peel offs were firstly stuck to acetate, then cut out and their wings folded back before being attached to the card. The finishing touches are a stitched border to add an extra frame, some round gold brads and the scalloped edges of the card base were sponged with ink from a mustard promarker pen.
It was an honour to be a guest of the Stampalot team and I look forward to seeing the entries for their challenge this month. Good luck to those who enter.
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Nutcrafters Challenge 23 - Butterflies and Bows
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge 87 - Butterflies and/or Bows
Simply Create Too Challenge 19 - Anything Goes
2 sisters Challenge 103 - Anything Goes
That Craft Place Challenge - Things With Wings