Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Spots and Stripes for the Butterfly Challenge.

I was a lucky winner on the Butterfly Challenge #8, and as a result I was invited to be a Guest Designer for the new challenge this week. This was exciting as it is not something I have done before. I was a bit less sure when I heard the theme was Spots and Stripes, and of course, Butterflies, as I rarely use regular geometric designs in my craft, but I managed to make this card.

I remembered that I have a few cut and emboss butterfly dies with spots and stripes on. So I dug these out and started to play around with them. They were all quite small so I also got out some larger butterfly dies to be the focal point on my card, a large, ornate one from Wild Rose Studio, and a smaller one from Memory Box.
I stamped a piece of white card with a Swiss dot stamp by inkylicious, and embossed it with blue interference powder, and used this as a background for the two larger dies. I made a square base card from a sheet of royal blue, and used the left-overs to cut the two butterflies which I matted onto their spotted backgrounds. 
Next I used white card to cut and emboss the spot and stripe butterflies with JoyCraft dies, and added colour to them with Memento Paris Dusk ink before removing them from the dies. Then with some tiny snippets of paper I cut and embossed the smallest butterflies from a set by Stampin'Up, and gently swiped them with the same ink pad to bring out the embossing.
The background papers are snippets from an SU pad I think. They were in my bit-box, but they toned perfectly so I think they were from the same set. 
I mounted the two large butterflies on the central strip, and my Libran need for balance means the others were placed fairly symmetrically on each side. A greeting cut with a Britannia die from the last of the blue card, completed my design.
As well as the Butterfly Challenge #11, I am posting this in Pixie's snippets playground.


Maxine D said...

Congrats on your win Kate, and the GDT spot - you have really nailed this one - love the blues and the way you have interpreted the challenge, the card is beautiful.

Mrs A. said...

Hi Kate. Thank you so much for being a Guest Designer on my Butterfly challenge. It has been a real treat to show your card. I just love those butterfly dies. Have not come across that large die before so I'm off with my net to see if I can find one fluttering around on the web.
Hugs Mrs A.

Jean Straw said...

I am the the lucky recipient of this Beautiful card, I love all the die cut butterflies fluttering over it, Thank you Kate.
Jean xx

scrappymo! said...

Congratulations my dear!
Thsi new card is lovely. You did spots and stripes very well!

Love your dies...those butterflies are beautiful.

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Congratulations Kate, the card is a stunner!

Warm hugs

Chris said...

Congrats on your win I just love your die cut butterflies

MaryH said...

Congratulations on your Butterfly win. You have done another fab card with the spots & stripes on this one too! Your butterflies are lovely & airy, great with the color combo as well. A super design perching the butterflies on the striped center border, and of course I love the sentiment die. WTGo. Great to see you in the Playground tonight. TFS & Hugs

Di said...

What a wonderful butterfly card Kate! Gosh I love those dies and what a great design. You're spot-on - the papers are SU, possibly from their Brights collection a few years back. Ask me how I know - I just made my entry card for the challenge and used the Subtles collection!! Great minds and all that :)

Gosh it's hot over here - but of course, as you know, the UK isn't really geared up for such heat with the way our homes are designed, built and furnished. However, mustn't grumble :)

Hugs, Di xx