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