Dec 242014

Thank You CardNow that all the Christmas cards have been made, it is time to turn to Handmade Thank You Cards.  This card is designed for this weeks sketch at i Love Card Sketches.ILCS08

The card base is made with Pistachio Pudding card stock.  I added a paper ribbon of Strawberry Slush card stock across the top.  I added a layer of Daffodil Delight and All Abloom Designer Series Paper on the left side of the card.  Instead of using a rectangle on the right side, I liked the effect of layering the paper doily with a scalloped circle of Daffodil Delight.

The butterflies are also layered.  For the base of butterflies I punched one butterfly using the Elegant Butterfly punch and one using the Bitty Butterfly punch.  These are punched from Strawberry Slush card stock.

I colored the butterfly stamps by “thumping” ink onto the stamp with Stampin’ Write Markers.  Start with the lightest color first and use the brush end of the marker to “thump” color where you want it.  Then add the next color the same way.  Leave the darkest color for last.  These are small images so don’t overdue.  Each butterfly will be different without trying to be exact and “paint” the color onto the stamp.  Once you are satisfied with the color on the image, stamp onto Whisper White card stock and punch out your painted butterflies.

“Thumping” is a great way to add color spots to a larger image as well.  You can do this with one main color and one accent color “thumped” over the lighter main color.  Or, you can do as I did here with several colors to pick up the same colors as the Designer Series Paper.

The butterflies are mounted on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  For smaller pieces to use between the two layers, I cut the dimensional into a narrow strip.  Stampin’ Dimensionals are one of my favorite tools to add depth or dimension to a project.  That way the butterflies look more like they are flying.

To finish, I stamped “Thank You” with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Whisper White card stock and cut it out.  Again I mounted this with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Experiment on your next project using the “thumping” technique to color your image.  So easy to do.  Share your projects HERE.  I would love to see your results.

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