OMG – the woman's gone punch mad!

Two posts in one day?  And both featuring punches?!!  Are you sure you’re on the right blog?

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You may have spotted the butterfly punch in the previous post.  So I thought I better give it the same treatment and make something with it straight away.  I realised when I made the last card that I have a very serious problem at the moment – all my Glimmer Mists except one single set (Winter Wonder) are at the office.  When I opened my Glimmer Mist cupboard (yes, they fill a whole cupboard) and I saw it was empty, I had to sit down and wait for the palpitations to pass.

Luckily, I have no shortage of already glimmer misted paper and card lying around, so I was at least able to satisfy my shimmer cravings by punching butterflies from some of my stash.  I so wanted to make a coordinating shimmery background, but the colours I had were wrong.

So I set to work with distress inkpads – smooshing several colours (mustard seed, spiced marmalade and aged mahogany) onto my craft mat and misting with water before dabbing my card in the puddles.  I’d already stamped the tree with a browny-greeny ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder before this step.

Once the background was all covered, I dabbed off the very wet bits with kitchen towel and oversprayed it with Silver Bells Glimmer Mist which gave it a nice pearly sheen and started to ease the withdrawal shakes somewhat.

I had the idea for the butterfly tree the minute I saw the punch in the shop. I punched out several butterflies from three sheets of glimmer misted card – don’t ask me which colours, the card was sprayed before Christmas so it could be anything!  I decided they needed a little something, so I stamped them with one of the flower stamps from the Arboretum stamp set, then used the same foam mat and ball tool technique as before to curl the wings, then flipped them over and ran the ball tool down the middle to make the wings pop up.

I stuck down the butterflies leaving the wings free – it will flatten down for postage, but the recipient can lift up the wings to give it more dimension.  As I was sorting out the layers, I decided to mount it onto a white card and stamp the background.  Well I must be out of practice because I completely messed it up, so looked around for some paper to cover it up with and I came across a print out from the Butterfly Bliss CD with the perfect mix of colours, so I covered the whole card with it.  I finished it off with the daisy punch mounted onto some fabric flowers which have been shimmered up a little.

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And while all of this was going on, I’ve also been working on some other stuff which I can’t share here yet as I’m submitting it to a magazine and they won’t publish it if it’s been seen before.  Being away from my craft room for a week has really got me itching to CREATE stuff – I’m like an addict who’s bust out of rehab and can’t get enough!  I think I might just take a trip down to the office to collect my babies, er I mean Glimmer Mists.

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Comments

  1. Fabulous, must get that punch!!! ….and more glimmer mists.

  2. Glenda – what a brilliant idea the butterfly tree is – I so love butterflies and these colour combinations are gorgeous. I do covet the butterfly and hydrangea punches – can’t wait until they are available over here! Great to have you back busy on the blog front.

  3. Aww Glenda you made me laugh with your admission of making a boo boo of a background and fixing it. I did the very same on the last card I made with a DTP technique. Sounds like I know what I’m doing reeling off what I did. But it was a right mess and bothered me so much I had to remove the ‘main event’ and put it on hammer card. I absolutely love this butterfly card. This is one of those, again, that will pull the eye – even if to see if any butterflies have moved on the branches. The background’s worked perfectly pulling all the colours together. It’s fantastic. Ohhhh … wait … am sure a butterfly moved just now (chuckling). Susan :D

  4. What a wonderful card, love the colours and the composition. Good to have you back with us, Rosie

  5. Glenda, they just get better (if that’s possible). This is gorgeous and what wonderful colours.

    Lesley Xx

  6. Heather Woods says:

    Wonderful Glenda. How imaginative is that? It all works…
    I think there will be a number of butterfly trees coming to life!!! The background paper is perfect….I think I must look at that cd again.
    Thanks
    HW…xx

  7. Torpenhow07 says:

    Another fantastic make Glenda, I just adore butterflies can’t wait for that punch to be available over here

  8. Wow! I love this card. Gorgeous colours. Great idea. Must have that punch…..

  9. What a unusual and beautiful card Glenda.

  10. Jenny Monteiro says:

    I love this card and the gorgeous colours you’ve used :)
    Jen xx

  11. Another brilliant card – nice to see you back again after your working holiday! Hope the shakes aren’t too bad until you can get at your glimmer mists.

    Val W

  12. Wow this is fab, I liove your butterfly tree :)

  13. I love the butterfly tree. My glimmer mist efforts don’t end up like your misted papers at all.

  14. Wowsers girl, I think this must be one of my favourite cards of yours to date….hmmm I seems to remember saying that a few times now, or could it be deja view LOL

    Seriously Glenda, this is stunning and such a fab way to use the punch!
    Jx

  15. Anne Elliott says:

    I really shouldn’t read your blog when I am tired. I read your third papragraph as “…before dabbing my cat in the puddles”. Perhaps I’d better read the rest of your blog tomorrow!!

  16. Aussie Gwen says:

    You just continually amaze me. Your blogs and sites are my very favourite in the world. I dont comment very often, too busy drooling over your work! Always look for your emails first and just wish the “AUS dollar for pound” and postage wasnt so expensive for us Downunder crafters.
    Love, love love these two cards!!!!
    Btw we’ve just had a week of 35 – 43 degree temps here(95-115 approx) and bushfires. Good for staying indoors and creating!!!
    Keep on Glimmering.

  17. christine shelly says:

    Love your butterfly tree, the colours are gorgeous. I know what you mean when looking for something precious (isn’t everything) and you can’t find it – that intake of breathe, I’ve just been searching for my Articulous Damask CD and can’t find it anywhere (*#*) – will have to sit and have a cup of tea and return later!

    Love your work always….

    Christine S x

  18. Isabelle Norris says:

    This is STUNNING !!!!
    isa

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