Sunday, 5 August 2018

Pile It On! Challenge - Try a New-to-you Technique

We have a fun new Pile It On! Challenge starting today...and the theme is:

'Try a New-to-you Technique'

Our sponsor this month is Becky's Place:
Prize - a digital stamp set of the winner's choice!

The new to me technique that I tried was 'Inlaid Die Cuts', so I pulled out my Tim Holtz 'Detailed Butterflies' dies and some Distress Inks, and gave it a go. I started by painting some Distress Inks on to wet watercolour paper...I did four different colourways, each using three similar shades of ink in a random pattern, letting the inks blend together. Once they'd dried, I cut a butterfly from each one, and then a matching one from plain white card. I cut 'solid' butterflies from more plain white card, and added the detailed outlines on top before using the coloured pieces to carefully 'fill in' the holes of the white butterflies. Having spent quite a lot of time assembling my butterflies, I kept the cards really simple, cutting a piece of white card slightly smaller than my card base, stamping a sentiment (from the 'Doddled Flowers' set by Happy Little Stampers), and piercing some holes around the edge using my CutterBee Bug, before adding the butterflies using 3D foam pads.

Here are some close-ups of the four cards...along with the colours of Distress Ink used:

Blue: Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch

Green: Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover, Evergreen Bough

Orange: Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick

Purple: Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet

Here are the challenges I've piled on:
For more inspiration from my lovely DT buddies, please pop over to the Pile It On! Challenge.

We're also looking for some new members for our design here to find out more.


Sandra H said...

Ooh they are just so cute x

Keti's Projects said...

Gorjus. I love this Sizzix die. Your inlay pieces add such a lovely and colorful details to these butterflies. Hugs, Keti

Andree said...

Super cards. Lovely designs and pretty butterflies.
Thank you for joining in with the Crafts Galore Encore August Challenge “Anything Goes”. Don't forget we have a DT call this month, see the blog for details. Good luck x

Jean said...

Stunning set of CAS cards, loving the technique you have used. Great inspiration.
Thanks for joining us over at Creatialicious.
Jean xx

Terri Snode said...

Wow, what a beautiful technique. Love your choice of colors for the butterflies. Thanks for joining the Crafting With An Attitude challenge.

Rhodidodi said...

Lovely elegant cards, they are gorgeous. Lovely to see you at Creatalicious Challenges.

Jane said...

Oh wow! These cards are so stunning! And I love that you’ve kept the layout so clean and simple to allow the butterflies to shine out as the focal point. Thanks for playing at the HLS CAS Challenge.

Amy Ottmers said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at AHB, good luck!!! Amy DT

Michelle Windsor said...

These are stunning Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

Michelle DT for

Kylie said...

Your butterflies are so beautiful and I have to say that those sentiments from the Doodled Flowers set matches just perfectly with them! Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

Angie scrapchild said...

Simple and elegants cards!!!
Angie Scrapchild DT for

Melanie said...

Wonderful cards!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes with optional under the sea or fairy tales” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

(DT Crafty Friends)

(DT The Sketchy Challenges)

PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy these past weeks…

Melanie said...

Come back to Creatalicious Challenges soon. There's a surprise waiting for you!