Sunday 6 March 2016

Trying for luminous not ominous!

Hi everyone, it's been a busy few days here. Had to drive my eldest son to Brissie for an appointment (3 hours away) and took the opportunity to catch up overnight with my sis too! 
Hubby's birthday is 8th March but we decided to celebrate while my eldest son was home, so when I got home I cooked his cake and a special dinner. Whew! 

I wanted to play in a few challenges and have used a new die and embossing set from Tim Holtz, butterfly duo texture fades.

The fabulous Loll and Bonnie have started a new challenge that is CAS but uses mixed media elements, CAS mixup

I've diecut the butterfly from a background painted with Kuretake gansai tambo watercolors. When I embossed it the watercolor paper showed through, so I brushed the raised parts with black soot distress ink, and also swiped around the edges.

My stamping element is a Memory Box stamp and the other elements I chose were the dry embossing of the butterflies and distress ink sponging of the stamped panel.
This challenge feels so much like the sort of cards I like to create anyway and I'm looking forward to using some new techniques to mix things up!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday has a touchy feely theme, it's all about texture!

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog
Darnell is hosting a challenge to use your never before used stuff! Whether it's old or new!
I'm using a brand newbie, although there was lots of stuff lining up as competition!

Tim Holtz butterfly duo texture fades; Kuretake gansai watercolor paint; distress inks: Memory Box journey stamp; versafine ink & clear ep; Memory Box Darla butterfly die butterfly body cut to fit this one; grey shimmer paper; pearl bling.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x


Bonnie said...

What wonderful texture on your butterfly, Cathy! You have rocked the CAS Mix Up challenge! Thanks for sharing this with us!

Anita in France said...

Wow, what a beauty, Cathy ... that luscious violet/blue in the butterfly is spectacular ... a stunner! Hugs, Anita :)

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Busy, almost frenetically so, weekend here too Cathy, wonder how many know Brisbane as Brissie?
Great card, love the purple butterfly, in relief, nice CAS mixed.
Thanks so much for sharing, Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Susanne Vargas said...

That is a striking butterfly! Love the color and the texty background! Great card!

Loll said...

The colour of your butterfly is so beautiful and saturated, Cathy. LOVE how you've highlighted the embossing with black. Gorgeous card and great job on mixing it up! Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Mix Up! xx

Mrs A. said...

How can I not love a butterfly. This challenge looks interesting so thanks for the info. I love that large butterfly ad the colours. Hugs Mrs A.

Mandy said...

Gorgeous card Cathy! I love the butterfly, it's so elegant and pretty.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Mandy xx

Dana M said...

Wow! Gorgeous card Cathy!