When I first saw the Swallowtail stamp in the 2013 Spring Catalog, I was mortified. There was no way that anyone could ever turn this gargantuan moth into something beautiful. I wanted to sooooo much to hate it, and I didn’t even feel the (usual) need to order it so that I could make it pretty. By golly, I was meant to hate this image. No such luck! Thanks to amazing stampers like Mary Fish and Windy Ellard, I’ve just ordered the stamp and am excited to receive it in the mail this week.
Today I am sharing a card I received from Windy Ellard at the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference in early January. Windy really captures the essence of this image. We often times look at a card and know we like it. This card is gorgeous, for sure. I’m going to tell you why I think her card is absolutely stunning (and I’m going to limit my list to just three things I like).
You’ve now seen the card, and I’m guessing you completely agree that it is stunning. I wish you were here (on my couch in my living room) so that you could see it in person. It’s a beauty!
- The card base. I’m a huge proponent of using solid card stock for the base of the card. It just seems like the best way to present a card. Lately, though, I’ve paid close attention to the use of Very Vanilla or Whisper White as the base for a card. I really like it – especially on a card like this. The image and sentiment aren’t too heavy, so the Very Vanilla base supports to the face of the card perfectly.
- Emboss resist. I have seen this Swallowtail image heat embossed, and I have seen this Swallowtail image beautifully stamped and painted, but I really love Windy’s decision to emboss resist the image here. She embossed the butterfly with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat embossed it. After the image was set, she sponged around the butterfly with Soft Suede and More Mustard, making sure to fully color in the image but to allow the sponging to extend around the edges of the image. The ink doesn’t “take” where the embossing powder has set. These colors are gorgeous together, and her technique is flawless. Windy also sponges around the edges of the card front with Soft Suede, adding a lovely texture to the front.
- Simple sentiment. Windy beautifully pairs this sentiment from Blooming with Kindness with the Swallowtail. The presentation of the sentiment (no long banners, no frills) gives a perfect balance for this card front.
Stamp sets: Swallowtail, Blooming with Kindness Inks: Soft Suede, More Mustard Paper: Very Vanilla Accessories: White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Stampin’ Sponges
Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I’ve enjoyed sharing Windy’s creation with you.
My Stampin’ Clubhouse. It’s not Brian’s Stampin’ Clubhouse – My Stampin’ Clubhouse belongs to its members. The My Stampin’ Clubhouse members have been named, and the induction ceremony was a blast! I’ve got a lot of great things lined up for the members, and I look forward to kicking it off. Here’s a link to My Stampin’ Clubhouse.
Are you gonna come see me? I’m going to be set-up at the Chocolate and Shopping Vendor Show this weekend at Cumberland Mall. Won’t you stop by and see me? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to stop by so I can look out for you.