Here's a card I made for both the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge #34 and Dynamic Duos #59. The Dynamic Duo's challenge was a sweet one - to pair grey with any colour choice. Any choice! So many beautiful options to choose from that look fabulous with grey. And so what did I go with you ask?!! Brown!!! Don't ask me. Weird, I know. It all started because I wanted to use one of my wood veneer Studio Calico butterflies. I embossed the butterfly in a light gray which gave it kind of a cool grunge look. Again, weird, because I don't really associate butterflies with grunge!! And then I wrapped some brownish twine around the butterfly to create it's body and antennae. I liked the look of that, and thought - well, I guess I've got my second colour now. So I had to work the whole card around brown, grey and a bit of grunge. And let me tell you, it was a marathon to come up with a finished product. It started last night, and finally ended this afternoon with a card that I can't even now say I totally love. However, I do think it would be a good masculine card for someone going through a tough time.
Here are the challenges:
Nothing like "forcing" a card! But here it is:
As I mentioned I heat embossed the butterfly with white embossing powder and then rubbed it down with grey ink. But before embossing, I used a versamark pen to dab on some polka dots just to jazz it up a bit more (not sure if you can see them in the picture - they're quite subtle). The leaves are from Paper Smooches Reflections - I stamped those in white ink first and then gray overtop (a little tip I learned from Julie Ebersole's blog) and then I used a white gel pen to put dots on the leaves (and that little nugget came from Jennifer McGuire's blog just yesterday). I created a subtle grid background as well with brown ink which represents the vertical panel on the sketch. Added a little grey button under the twine and some grey liquid pearls finished the job.
Hope you like it!
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