ID: gg design Dec 09 - Sketch - Happy Birthday
4"w x 9"h

Created: Dec 13, 2009

gg designs sketch challenge for December (see sketch template below) is basically a tall skinny card. Again, something that's not in my usual creative repertoire. But it fits in a standard business size envelope which is a plus.

So I started out with making a background decorative paper with Distress stamp pads on a melt art mat (Worn Lipstick, Broken China & Dusty Concord), misting it and smearing my white cardstock into it, then spritzing with a mix of Scattered Straw and Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls in a mini mister, then wiping up some of the excess spray, just to leave a glimmer on the cardstock.  I did a couple pieces like this, one for the background, which I put through my Cuttlebug with the Heart Block #37-1139 embossing folder, first brayering some Perfect medium on it so when it comes out of the Cuttlebug I would thermal emboss with clear embossing powder, giving a contrast between the raised and sunken portions (glossy versus matte finish).

Another piece of the decorative paper went on the right hand edge of the card left just plain.


And the final piece was used to do the butterflies (gg design "make your own butterflies" set). The inking for each butterfly is done simultaneously. I inked the stamp with Perfect Medium, Then inked a Swirl (Old Island #549A) patterned stamp with Dusty Concord and stamped right on my butterfly rubber stamp, then stamped on my decorative paper, then stamped my body portion with Versafine Black Onyx, clear embossed everything. As I mentioned this was all done simultaneously and quickly so the inks wouldn't dry before I had a chance to thermal emboss it. Cut out the images without the antennae, and set them aside. The other two butterflies were done with Flourish stamp (Quietfire Design) and the Broken China, and the other one was done with a floral background (Hampton Art Janet Dunn 2009 design) in Worn Lipstick.

Put another piece of white cardstock through the Cuttlebug with the D'Vine Swirl #37-1142, first brayering the folder with Perfect Medium, and thermal embossing with a mix of clear & gold embossing powder when it came out of the machine.

Rubber stamped another piece of whtie cardstock with the sentiment Happy Birthday (Quietfire Design) using Dusty Concord and clear embossing it. Trimmed down and cut a point at one end. Sponged the 3 above colors on the edges.

The diagonal piece of lace was punched out of white cardstock using the Martha Stewart "Doily Lace" border punch, repeating the pattern on the other side, then sponging some of the blue and purple from above.

Now the assembly: The main card is white cardstock, which I adhered a deep purple cardstock and then butted up the decorative piece so everything was edge to edge. my Heart embossed piece, and since this is such a tall card, there was a seam in the middle, which I made sure was covered by the lace piece. Mounted the Swirl piece onto a separate piece of dark purple then onto the card. Adhered my butterflies, gluing only the body section and adding flower stamen for antennae. Adhered the sentiment and then added half pearls in purple for the sentiment and a pinky tone for the lace.

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