Sunday, June 14, 2015

Flying Insect Collection in the Spring Garden Card

I created all of the garden's and bugs' various details for the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, a blog that is celebrating its first anniversary of challenges.  I tried to incorporate as many of the previous year's challenges as possible.  The following is the set of options I utilized:  spray inks and mists, around the house, photo inspiration (use of yellow, orange and in the form of an intense magenta created by using cherry colored cardstock that was transformed by Ranger brand's "Glossy Accents"), fiber/raffia, stamps, Tic Tac Toe (grid challenge:  punch, stamps, ribbon/raffia), New to You, April Showers (Splatter stamp on card base), and May Flowers.

DCWV produced the insect background cardstock, and I fussy-cut each of the bugs that have the three-dimensional appearance, inked the backs and sides in a coordinating caramel color, then added Glossy Accents to the bodies to create some dimension.  Glossy Accents was also used as the adhesive to help hold the positions of the wings, to glue the bugs to the garden area, and to adhere each insect to its original image on the cardstock.  This was layered on a corner-rounded, darker cardstock and placed onto a base that I stamped, sponged, and used a spritzer tool to add ink to it. 

Cricut's "Plantin Schoolbook" cut the grass and flowers.  Grass blades were snipped more, vertically.  Some edges were inked.  The pieces were then corrugated.  I snipped the flowers, embellished them with candy dots, punched CS circles and inks.  Glossy Accents were added for texture, to create a seal, and as an adhesive.  New to me:  using Ranger's "Glossy Accents" as an adhesive and maintain an object's structure.  The branches were punched, spritzed in a homemade alcohol ink (new to me), sponged, and coated in Glossy Accents. 

After I finished submitting my card for the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge, I found that my project needed more attention.  I added more insects and made a few tweaks to improve the piece's overall appearance.  Once everything dried, I packaged the card in a clear cellophane bag, and tied it closed with natural raffia.  Finally, I was pleased with the finished fact, I was delighted by it--and also delighted to find a small set of additional challenges for which to submit this "Flying Insect Collection in the Spring Garden Card."  Please find their respective information below:   

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #13 A Year of Choices and Some Changes
Petal Lu Challenge for June 15, 2015 Lacy Sunshine:  Anything Goes
Inkspirational Challenge #84:  Photo Inspiration
Just Us Girls Challenge Trend Week #297:  Stacked Die Cuts

Card Ingredients
Papers:  Dark Romance Stack (DCWV), Cream CS (Staples, #110), Cherry Cobbler CS (Stampin' Up!), Mud Pie Textured CS (Bazzil Basics Christmas Stack for My Mind's Eye Signature Christmas), Old Olive CS (Stampin' Up!), Creamy Caramel Textured CS (Stampin' Up!), More Mustard (Stampin' Up!).
Inks:  Creamy Caramel (Stampin' Up!), Really Rust (Stampin' Up!), Glossy Accents (Ranger), Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!), Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!), Homemade Alcohol Ink Spritz (Garden Green by Stampin' Up! and More Mustard by Stampin' Up!), Pumpkin Pie (Stampin' Up!), Old Olive (Stampin' Up!).
Stamp(s)/Set(s):  French Foliage (Stampin' Up!), Delight in Life (Stampin' Up!).
Punches/Tools:  Corner Rounder (Marvy Uchida), 2-Step Bird (Stampin' Up!), 1/4" Circle (Staples ?), 1/8" Circle (Stampin' Up!), Corrugator (Stampin' Up!), Spritzer (Stampin' Up!).
Cricut Cartridge(s):  Plaintin Schoolbook.
Embellishments:  Brights Candy Dots (Stampin' Up!), Antique Brad (Stampin' Up!), Natural Raffia (Wrap It Up!).


Karen Crossen said...

This is just a wonderful card to give to such an amazing and special teacher!! I know it will be very appreciated!! And I love that you incorporated so many different of the yearly challenges into one!! Thank you so much for playing with us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

Donna B. said...

This is an awesome mixed media card! Love all the dimension. Thanks so much for playing with us at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

yyam said...

It is very pretty! Love the textures and layers! :)

Pawsitively Creative said...

So many wonderful textures and layers. Every time I look at this awesome sauce piece, I find something new. Now this is mixed media!! :) ~Niki

Ros Crawford said...

What a beautiful card!! Thanks for playing along at Just Us Girls!

Nancy said...

What a wonderful butterfly card! Love all of your different sizes and textures too! Thanks for sharing your talents with us at Just Us Girls and we hope to see you join us again soon!

Marina said...

It was really worth zooming in on the stunning detail on this project. I hope you don't mind I've pinned it for inspiration. Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges. Come back next time! Marina

Karen Petitt said...

I have also pinned this little beauty to one of my Pin boards for inspiration. It is gorgeous and so very, very clever the way you incorporated so many of the challenges into it. I love this, well I am a butterfly stamp addict, just brilliant xx

MARCH said...

Sorry I don't speak English ;-)
What a beautiful card!!many wonderful textures and it
corinne de france

lulucker said...

Wonderful project.
Thank you for joining us at Petal Lu.
Lu x

Rachel said...

this is beautiful! love all the details here. Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge and celebrating our first birthday!!