Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #452

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #452

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week. I made these cards on the last days of work for me in 2021 and this post was written on the morning on the last day of school (I teach at a local high school), so if I come across as punchy or silly, please excuse it. Sadly, we have two colleagues who have had to recently go on long term medical leave, and so we are all sending them cards before we go away for a break to let them know that we are thinking about them. So I decided to use this sketch to make them. I decided to go with bright, happy butterflies and hearts to hopefully bring a smile to their day. I hope you like them and consider playing along with us over at Atlantic Hearts this week.

Supplies used:


Card #1: Pink Hugs

To create this card, I started by spraying Iridescent Shimmer Spray from Altenew through the Dashing Circles die from A Colorful Life Designs and letting it dry. Then I used the second largest stitched die from Gina K's Master Layout 7 (mini slimline sized) die set. I also die cut a piece of pink and white patterned paper from my stash with the largest die for the matte layer and set it aside.

I stamped and heat embossed multiple butterflies from the Butterfly Kisses stamp set. I stamped them with the Nocturne ink (honestly because that was the ink closest to me at the time) and then heat embossed them with the Metallic Copper Sparkle powder from Wow! Since they were on Yupo paper that had been previously alcohol inked, I was able to curl the edges to give the butterflies more dimension. I then used the Confetti Hearts punch to punch out some hearts in a glittery pink cardstock and more previously alcohol inked Yupo paper. 

I decided to have the smallest butterfly stamp from the Butterfly Kisses stamp set (which is actually several tiny butterflies in a group) be two of the top most squares in the sketch. I stamped them with more of the Nocturne VersaFine Clair and heat embossed with more of the Copper Sparkle powder. Then I stamped the sentiment from Altenew's Watercolor Dots set with the same ink and powder to mimic the sketch. Then I added the hearts and butterflies to the card--all of the butterflies were attached with Instant Dimension Foam tape and 2 of the pink glitter hearts (the uppermost heart ant the largest glittery heart paper on the right side of the card). The bottom three hearts were glued to the card.

 After I had done all of this, I decided that this was the time to ink blend around the edges (you are supposed to see my eye roll here-why did I decide this now in the process?). I ink blended with Coral Cabana ink. I then glued the front panel to the matte layer and then the whole thing to a mini slimline card base. 

I wanted to share this picture below even though the photo quality is horrible to show you the sentiment, which is hard to see in the images above. 

Card #2: Blues and purples

This card was made in a similar fashion. I decided to stamp two of the butterflies on smooth white cardstock since I was going to have such a colorful background, so after stamping and heat embossing I sprayed them with more of the Iridescent spray within an inch of their lives and left them to dry. Later, I die cut them and then ink blended the edges of the butterflies with more of the Coral Cabana ink. The other two butterflies were leftovers from the first card that were heat embossed on more Yupo paper. The hearts were again punched out, this time with some alcohol inked Yupo paper as well as some blue sparkly cardstock and one leftover pink glittery heart from the last card. 

I attached all of the butterflies with more foam tape and glued all of the hearts to the panel with liquid glue. On the matte layer, I decided to add some Holographic embossing powder around the edges to make the matte sparkly. The sentiment came from Tim Holtz's sentiment strip labels and finally the sequins are from Catherine Pooler's Cincinnati sequin mix.

Thanks for reading!


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