This is going to be a very heavy post, loaded with photos and results of some soul searching. So you have now been warned and you continue at your own peril!
First, the cards I made for the Twofer card challenge, where I had to think up of different ways to incorporate the same butterfly on my cards. I say it each time but I LOVE this challenge! I made a photo tutorial instead of a video because I’ve lost my voice after a bout of tonsillitis…and talking too much while my voice was already strained… It’ll hopefully come back very soon but my hubby is enjoying the quiet I think, LoL!
So for the first card, which is a Graduation card, I used the same Stamplorations “Happy Flowers” stencil and the same Cutplorations “Layered Butterfly” dies which I used on both cards. I first created the butterfly before stencilling in Momento’s “London Fog” dye ink through the flower stencl as I wanted the butterfly to stand out.
So I first drew the outline of the butterfly using the full die and watercoloured large spots with my Zig clean color real brushes. Using my Spectrum Noir clear Sparkle pen, I blended the colours a little before I diecut it using the 2nd detailed die. I then coloured the bottom full die with Spectrum Noir Illustrator marker nos CT2-Sunshine and CR11 Flame Red in the middle & around it. I wanted more shine & texture so I added Lukas’s Crystal gel on both butterflies and let them dry.
My 2nd card was influenced by Mayline’s beautiful pop up peony card but I used a butterfly instead and the colours from the photo inspiration at The Card Concept. I first sponged in Abandoned Coral distress ink in the middle of the two flowers on the left and then added Mustard Seed to the rest of the flower. The stems were coloured with Twisted Citron distress oxides. I then spritzed water on it to blend the colours a little more. The flowers on the right were coloured using the same method but with Seedless Preserves in the middle and Picked Raspberry distress Inks. The sentiment in the middle from the “Hashtag authentic” Bold sentiment stamp set was stamped with Versafine ink.
So the theme at Twofers is butterfly, so where is the butterfly on this card? Yes, its on the inside of the card! To create this butterfly, I just diecut the detailed wings die and covered it with Lukas gel again and dusted some Wow Embossing glitters on it. To make sure no glitters would fall off, once the gel had dried, I went over it again but this time with a clear glue/lacquer from Marabu that dries non sticky.
The full butterfly diecut was cut from some watercolour scrap I used to practise my blending (waste not want not!) and the sentiment from Stamplorations Trendy Butterflies stamp set was stamped with Versafine too.
And these are all the products from Stamplorations I used to make both cards.
I’m actually quite relieved I can’t post another video yet, as I had an awful experience afew days ago, when someone on a crafty Facebook group accused me of stealing ideas for my own profit. This was after I posted a video I made on ink blending. It was all unfounded and a company rep even came to my defense, but I find myself still affected by this incident a week later and I’ve been asking myself why.
It is probably that deep down, I do feel guilty of the fact that I rarely come up with original ideas and all the techniques I use have been created by someone else, so whatever I share, is not really “mine” to share. Even the rare times when I think I’ve discovered a new technique, I realise later that someone already thought about it. I am always influenced by someone else’s card, whats on Pinterest, a painting, or even the theme of a card challenge. Being relatively new to this craft, I have learnt everything I know from someone’s blog, video, card-making classes and I do give credit when I remember where its from, so I always have the feeling that my work is not original. I wonder if others feel this way?
Anyway, my remedy for fear is to get back onto the saddle so hopefully I’ll be posting a new video soon when my voice comes back. My guilt will not stop me from sharing what I do as this is my way of giving back to the community that has taught me so much. I think my Asian sense of “payback” is stronger than my Christian sense of guilt…or they might be linked – do we give back due to our sense of guilt for taking? Ok… I think thats too much philosophy for one day. LoL!
Anyway, sorry for the ramblings and bravo to those who made it this far! It always helps me to write about my troubled thoughts, and I feel better already! As always I do appreciate your little hugs of encouragement through your comments, and I wish you a great day!
I’m also sharing the 1st card at:
CAS Watercolour Challenge – Rainbow
Stamplorations Cutplorations challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Stencil It
and the 2nd card at:
Stamplorations CAS challenge – Things with Wings
WoW Embossing Powder Facebook challenge
AAA Cards – Inspired by Nature
The photo inspiration from which I got the colours for the 2nd card.