Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Butterfly challenge #51 - Margins and mint

The latest challenge over at Mrs A's is 'Butterflies + M is for Margins, with the additional option of  M is for the colour Mint'. And for once an idea for a card popped straight into my head - there's still almost a week to run so why not have a go?

This is the card I made, I wanted the colour mint to be the focal point of a fresh and quite clean looking card, and it IS soft shades of mint not turquoise (camera lies yet again):
I used:

- 4" x 6" white linen card blank (these date back to my really early card making days)

- first of all stamped four butterflies using Memento 'London Fog' ink and all four stamps from the Inkylicious 'Flutters 2' set onto a snippet of white card stock

- then selected three shades of mint from my Pro markers and coloured the butterflies in before fussy cutting round them

- hunted for suitable papers to match the butterfly colours - would normally do this the other way round but wanted to be sure the butterflies were a true mint green and was prepared to compromise if I couldn't find any mint papers to match

- success though, the background papers are from a Kaisercraft paper pad called 'Blue Bay' - and a lot of the papers are mint green rather than blue or turquoise, yay! I cut a piece of the distressed looking beige paperfrom the pad and added just a margin of mint from one of the papers which is actually a design of planks of weather worn wood

- taped the edge of the beige paper to overlap the margin of mint and only then did I trim the paper top and bottom - that way you aren't trying to avoid one piece being a sliver too big or small

- the pad also includes sentiments and I chose a round one - love the words!

- then it was just a matter of gluing everything on place

A quick and easy card - love the paper pad I used. Interestingly it's six and a half inches by six and a half inches in size rather than the usual six by six.

A lifesaver was my latest toy, the Misti stamp positioner - which I'd dithered over for absolutely ages. Bought it from Dies to Die for last week and was really lucky as Tracey had just had a new shipment, the next shipment isn't due until May. Sure, it's going to be great for batch baking cards as I tend to do a fair bit of that - but, the real bonus I think is being able to re-ink and stamp so precisely over a poorly stamped image. Love it!

Di
x

29 comments:

MaryH said...

Whatever color your camera lied about, it surely is a lovely soft shade, and I do like it. Can imagine it IRL as being a pretty mint! Love the delicate butterflies, and such great paper. Like the asymmetrical layout you've done, and can't be sure from the picture, if you did an embossed lace edging at the right, or if this is the pattern in the paper. Great job. TFS & Hugs

Kath said...

A lovely card Di - a great layout and beautiful colours too.
Kath x

Jane Willis said...

It looks lovely and fresh, and on my screen it definitely shows as mint rather than turquoise
Jane

brenda said...

Lovely flutterbys Di and the mint colour is so fresh looking.

B x

Pen Sunshinepen said...

Morning gorgeous card Di, and just looking up about the Misti stamp positioner.

Have a great day crafty hugs Pen x

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful color. Love the butterflies.

SARN said...

Simply LOVE that colour scheme Di. What a fab sentiment too! Plus pretty butterflies . . . altogether lovely.

Glad you like your new MISTI.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Cara said...

Beautiful card, love those background papers you've used. Interesting about the size of the paper pad, I wonder what the logic was behind that? Glad you're enjoying the misti, it's on my wish list for when I win the lottery! Cara x

Barb said...

A lovely card Di and I love that sentiment. Barbxx

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Di this is a stunning card I just love the colour and the beautiful butterflies. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Carole said...

Very pretty card Di.....love those butterflies.

Pat said...

This is so pretty Di and is definitely a minty green and a lovely fresh Spring colour and the two different tones of bp work beautifully with the gorgeous butterflies and delightful sentiment. x

Alison C said...

Lovely colours and I particularly like the papers, the weathered wood look is always a hit with me. And a new toy! I hope you have fun. x

Sharon said...

Ooooooooo lovely! xxx

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

A very pretty card Di, and I LOVE the colour (I made my own stamp positioners, in two sizes out of two picture frames & two pieces of acrylic and some hinges), but I love them too and like you, find it a boon when having to restamp images that haven't stamped fully! Have a lovely day1 Hazel xx
My Card Attic

scrAPpamondo said...

Wonderful card, love this soft colour and the sweet butterflies! Fab design!
Congrats for your new toy! Misti is in my wishlist, too... But I want to try making one similar DIY, it's so expensive...

Sandy said...

So pretty. Your coloring is wonderful.
The more I hear about MISTI, the more I think I need one, and I am not one who buys every product that hits the market. (I agree with poster above, I wonder if there is a way to make a DIY version.)

Di said...

I think Hazel above made her own version. And the Misti was originally a DIY idea I think!
xx

Carol L said...

This is so pretty with those soft aqua colors, and thanks for the kudos to the Misti - I'm still on the fence weighing whether or not I'll use it often enough to justify the expense!

Loll said...

WOW ... this is really beautiful Di! What a fantastic sentiment and it pairs perfectly with your gorgeous butterflies. Misti ... it's the best tool I bought last year. So worth the money. I don't know how many times I have made a card, only to ruin it with a partially stamped sentiment ... well, no more. :) xx

Viv's Visuals said...

Gorgeous card Di - I need to get a Misti.... x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Gorgeous card! I just love this! Whoo hoo!

Kathleen said...

Totally love the colours on this one Di, great papers and, don't faint, lovely butterflies.

Kath x

Mrs A. said...

Just for once I'm ahead of the game as I bought my Misti back in October last yr. Did you know they have brought out a mini misti now! just saying. I digress from matters in hand though as this card is a delight to look at. Love the butterflies. Just checked my butterfly drawer and I have those too as well as flutters 1. (Gosh I'm on a roll here). Bootiful mint colourings. thankyoy for fluttering by and you get two goes in the draw. Hugs Mrs A.

Greta said...

I'm with you on the MISTI, Di! I just finally got the mini MISTI & I do love getting the strength of color I want no matter what stamp or ink I use. Stunningly beautiful card & I love the sentiment!

Liz said...

Beautiful card, Di, love the delicate colours and such an elegant design. I keep hearing about the MISTI, I think I need to look into it a bit more to see if I 'need' one. The cost always put me off, so I've never really found out exactly what they do. xx

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is so pretty and fresh for spring, Di! I love that beautiful sediment inside a circle! It's great that you were able to get a MISTI! I had to give mine away to a local friend because the magnets weren't safe for my defibrillator/pacemaker. It's a shame, but it didn't work as well without them to hold the paper in place. I blurred too many images before I gave up, lol! I hope you're doing well! Hugs, Darnell

Craftychris said...

Ooh what a gorgeous fresh and pretty card, I love your butterflies and the sentiment is fab! I love my Mist too. It's the last thing I bought before our finances hit the skids! I am glad I did cause it makes life much easier! xxx

Dr Sonia S V said...

So pretty this is Di. Am donning my guest dt hat
Thank you for playing at Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge
Guest DT
Dr Sonia