Friday, May 16, 2014

Fun with die cuts and online challenges

Yes, once again, I created some cards to go along with a couple online challenges, retro sketch and Colour Q.
 I did turn the retro sketch on the side.  I had some fun doing some interesting techniques.  The background was created with a Crafters Workshop stencil and some Distress Stain.  I am in love with those two colors together. 
 I wanted to use my brand new word die so it seemed better to turn the sketch on the side to make it work. I also "imbedded" the word which is a fun look.  PLUS - do you see that completely adorable little tie! The word and the tie die are from Mama Elephant.  
 Here is the retro sketch.
This also fits the CAS-UAL Fridays, Three Thirds challenge with the three blocks of white embossed paper.
 For this card I used the Colour Q combo. The minute I saw the combo for this week, I knew I had to use it and sat down that night.  I do have to give a little disclaimer here.  I did use some great brown inks and when they mingled with water, some of the color turned a bit orange.  I promise I started out with yummy chocolate brown. 
 I used a My Favorite Things butterfly die. It comes with four butterflies, I used two.  The top more intricate one and the solid shape one.  When I went to cut out the butterfly from the watercolor paper, it didn't cut out all of the way so I used that to just leave the butterfly on the paper and to pick up the wings.  I did back that with the matching solid butterfly shape, also with the wings lifted.  To go with the gold in the combo, I added some Heidi Swapp gold and some Distress gold glitter.  The Heidi Swapp gold is a spray but if you unscrew the spray nozzle, you can drip or splatter the gold and it is such a neat look. 
Here is the Colour Q combo.
This also fits the Simon Says Wednesday challenge to use die cuts. Both cards use die cuts that I recently bought at Simon Says. 
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)


  1. I believe you when you say you used chocolate brown lol! The butterfly looks so amazing against the splotchy background! Thanks for playing along with Colour Q!

  2. Both of your cards are so gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing with us at CAS-ual Fridays and the colourQ!

  3. Wowzers! Gorgeous cards!! Both of them are stunning! Great designs!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


  4. Both great cards. Love how your die cutting goes across the panels on your first one! Thanks for joining the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!

  5. awesome the colors!
    Thanks for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!