Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Swallowtail CAS


This week's Crafthoarders Anonymous Challenge is "Pick a stamp, Any Stamp". First I toyed with a few ideas, but they all got binned at various stages. So in the end, I decided to pick The Stamp. The Swallowtail. This is such a great stamp, and colouring it is always so much fun! To be honest, sometimes I just stamp it and colour it several times over, just for fun (I know, I need to get a life). And to show off the detailed stamp in all it's glory, I decided to make a CAS card. Nothing but the amazing stamp and a simple sentiment. I really struggle with CAS, I want to keep adding things. When I see other people's cards I think the white space is very nice, but when I attempt it myself I always end up adding more and more stuff thinking it's too simple and too plain. This time I decided to remember the best rule. KISS - Keep It Simple, Stupid!

The layout for the card is from this week's CAS(E) this sketch challenge. And yes, there is a third challenge as well (three times lucky) as the The Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge this week is Winged Things. And what could be more perfect for that than the lovely and colourful swallowtail wings.

 

I stamped the Swallowtail using Hobbycraft black pigment ink and heat embossed using clear embossing powder. I coloured the image using Stampin' Up markers. The tag for the sentiment is cut using the Stampin' Up Chalk Talk framelits and the sentiment is a detail from a stamp set called Life's Messages from Penny Black. I covered the stamp apart from the one line I wanted to stamp using cellotape, inked up the stamp, removed the tape and positioned the sentiment using a Stamp-a-ma-jig. To finish off I added two small adhesive gems and then took the photo really quick before I could add something to the card...

Cardstock: Leonardo Stationery 350 gsm Smooth White Card, Hobbycraft 160 gsm white card, Stampin' Up So Saffron card
Stamps: Stampin' Up Swallowtail, Penny Black Life's Messages
Inks: Hobbycraft Black Pigment Ink, Stampin' Up markers in Blushing Bride, Pool Party, So Saffron and Wisteria Wonder
Other: Stampin' Up Chalk Talk dies, Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder, Papermania adhesive gems


13 comments:

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

I love the way you cut this beautifully colored butterfly into tiles. So fresh and fun! Thanks for sharing your stamping hoard with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #5: PIck a Stamp, any Stamp!

Christy Butters said...

Beautiful! Love how you turned your wonderfully colored butterfly into tiles.
Clean and simple but definitely WOW
Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

Leigh Penner said...

I love how you cut up the large butterfly into a grid! Wonderful take on the sketch!

Tammi said...

I love the grid style on your card and your coloring is fantastic!! Thanks for sharing it with us at Craft Hoarders!!

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

Beautiful butterfly and I love that you cut it into tiles. Thanks so much for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Donna Idlet said...

Beautiful card, you made me smile! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Emma Williams said...

This is such a beautiful card and I love how you've cut the image into tiled sections...it's gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your project and for joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... :)

lost coast scrapper said...

Gorgeous work! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Debbie Seyer said...

Wow! Love the technique you used and the card is great! Thanks for playing along with Craft Hoarders Anonymous!!

Gloria Stengel said...

What an amazing coloring job! Wow. Like you, white space is hard for me. I always "junk it up"! You did a wonderful job with CAS!!! Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Alrik Gerlach said...

Very nice project

Jan Marie said...

Wow! Love your coloring of this stamped image and the overall design of this card!! Great job! Thanks for sharing your style with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Pammejo said...

Clever....love how you did the butterfly and fabulous coloring by the way...Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!