Butterfly Note Card (and a little embossing technique)

Change is good.  It’s very easy to get stuck in the rut of daily life and go around with our senses dulled to the adventure and beauty that surrounds us.  Changes, whether planned or unexpected, awaken us to see life from a new perspective.  It’s as though our eyes go from being half shut to being wide open.  So, while change is uncomfortable, it is also necessary.  Being on the Heartfelt Creations design team has been a very good change in my life.  It has challenged me, scared me a little at times, and pushed me to find deeper levels of creativity within myself. With this in mind, I created a little butterfly note card to celebrate the joys and challenges that come our way when we choose to embrace change.

If Nothing Ever Changed…

014 (2) This is one of my all time favorite sayings: “If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies.”  This 5×7″ card is built on a teal base and topped with rich panel of designer paper from K & Company. My messy stitching technique was employed around the perimeter of this panel.   I used my Paper Wishes tool kit to cut a vibrant shaped label from the same collection and mounted this on teal cardstock.  This was topped with a simple white doily, and a medallion shape, also cut from the tool kit.  I computer journaled the sentiment onto white cardstock.

017 (2) But I didn’t want the cardstock to be white.  This posed a problem, because if you use Distress Ink to add color to a computer journaled sentiment, the printer ink will bleed…and that is not a good change!  The problem was solved by using a Versamark Embossing pen to carefully cover only the lettering followed by heat embossing with clear embossing powder.  I then proceeded to use Tim’s wrinkle free distress technique to add similar colors to my sentiment medallion.  Success! Once the sentiment was complete, it was mounted onto olive green cardstock and trimmed out to match the medallion shape.  I then added a very light layer of Versamark and a light sprinkling of gold embossing powder to add just a hint of shimmer to the edges.

…There Would Be No Butterflies

Without my Spellbinder Flying Beauties die, this would certainly be the case. Thankfully, I have that die set in my stash, and used it to cut out the butterflies seen here. They were dry embossed with a Spellbinder folder, then coated liberally with Ranger Clear Rock Candy Distress Paint.  This dried to a lovely vintage crackle finish.  White acrylic paint was dry brushed on the edges of the wings and they were also mounted on olive green card stock, using foam tape to lift the wings.  018 (2) A simple baker’s twine bow treatment was added to the left hand side and this butterfly note card was complete. Now it will wing its way to someone who is facing the stress of change in order to remind them that there’s a beautiful outcome in store. 

That’s it for me today, folks.  I hope this butterfly note card has encouraged you to look at change in a different way.  Keep your eyes on the outcome…and everything will turn out more beautiful than you anticipated.  Thanks for stopping by today…and for leaving your lovely comments…they always make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers.  Until next time,

Cheerio,

kathy

 

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3 thoughts on “Butterfly Note Card (and a little embossing technique)

  1. ncguygirl

    Very pretty card, and you know that quote was one I returned to a lot over the last 5-1/2 years — it helped me keep some perspective on a very difficult period of change in my life. Beautiful job, and I love your creative solution to protecting your computer printed sentiment but still achieving the distressed finish you were going for. Bravo!

  2. Nancy

    “Changes, whether planned or unexpected, awaken us to see life from a new perspective.”
    True wisdom, that. And using the embossing pen seems like a brilliant idea to me! Love this whole post. And, oh yes, the card, too!

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