Monday, June 9, 2008

One of Those Cards . . .

This is "one of those" cards, one that has been worked and reworked and one that I still think could be improved upon. With an idea in my head, I started with Twilight cardstock. It was too dark (too boring) for these cute, whimsical butterflies. I embossed a couple of butterflies - one Breeze and one Chocolate - on vellum using ink and clear embossing powder. The color was wasn't strong enough. The butterflies I used were embossed as well. You can emboss with dye-based inks on regular cardstock. You just need to move relatively quickly. I think the design, for the most part, is OK.

What I'm thinking is that it might have been better had I skipped the white circle behind the butterfly. In fact, looking at the photo I'm thinking that I could have attached my brown circles, to the Breeze piece before I ran it through the Cuttlebug. Would that have created a cool, "inlaid" look? I might just have to try it sometime. There's the possibility, too, that Chocolate butterflies might have looked better than Breeze butterflies on this particular design. I don't know. Maybe it's fine just the way it is. The whole creative process is one big experiment, isn't it?

Materials & Tools: White Daisy, Breeze, and Chocolate cardstock; Breeze and Chocolate ink pads; Verve Visual Flutter By stamp set; Clear embossing powder; Embossing tool; Antiqued Copper Bitty Brads; Brown satin ribbon from Walmart; Cuttlebug w/Swiss Dots embossing folder and Nestabilities Classic Circle set; Stampin' Up Word Window punch.

I've been seeing a lot of satin ribbon used on cards recently, which warranted a trip to Walmart yesterday, where I found brown, white, cream, and a green I might be able to make work with something. I also came across another little find, which I may or may not show you tomorrow, depending on how it my brainchild pans out. Nothing like creating a little intrigue, is there?

If this post wasn't so long already, I'd tell you about some bizarre happenings last night (as in all night) in the apartment building Marv and I manage and live in. At least my reasons for being so tired tonight are not the result of my own lack of judgment. I went to bed. I just didn't get to stay there. I was tired all day and didn't accomplish all that I needed to, which means I need to get a very early start tomorrow. And so, the week begins . . . Going to bed right now, however, would mean starting tomorrow around 3 a.m., which is too early. Thus, I'm going to my corner for a while. It's the one place in my world where I have a little control and know (most of the time, anyway) what the heck is going on. Like always, thanks for stopping. I hope your week is a good one.


Deborah said...

Kathi -
I just love the satin ribbon as well.....I hope we offer it someday!
I wanted to tell you that Walmart's ribbon is quite often cheaper "by the yard" in the fabric dept. than by the spool in the scrappin/floral dept. Be sure you check out both!
Great card ;-)

Jeanne said...

I really like the card, Kathi! Can't wait to see what you have "up your sleeve."

Hope you get a good night's rest tonight, bugs the heck out of me when I want to sleep and can't. LOL

Did you get your article done?

Erica said...

i think it is right just the way it is! :)