Happy Wednesday! Today's card is one I've been meaning to make for a while now, but vacation and sickness got in the way of my stamping plans. This month one of the original Verve Divas leaves us. Amy Westerman is such a fabulous designer and has a special talent for combining color and pattern in a way that constantly surprises me. She has stepped down from the team to focus on her family and will be very missed in Verveland. Last week Shannan issued a special challenge on the Verve forum to celebrate Amy's time on our team. The challenge was to make a bright, colorful, cheerful card.
One thing I've learned from following Amy's blog for close to 2 years now is to not be afraid to use that patterned paper you love. So I put the focus of my card on the paper and kept the stamping simple. This gorgeous paper is from the Daily Grind collection by Fancy Pants. Isn't it beautiful? I pulled out Fluttering By because it always make me feel cheerful and stamped the butterfly in black directly on the patterned paper and then added the sentiment, "Always look on the bright side of life." Next I stamped the butterfly once more in Riding Hood Red on white cardstock, then stamped over it in Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder for a glossy look. (This also fits with this month's Project Parade challenge that kicked off today! Check out the Verve Blog for details.) I then stamped the butterfly one last time on some soft blue paper from the Daily Grind collection. Then I cut out the embossed butterfly and just the inner wings of the soft blue butterfly and layered on dimensionals over the stamped butterfly on my patterned paper. I added some dots to the blue wings with a Ruby Red marker, a few red rhinestones for the body, and some random Stickles to the flower centers in the paper for a little sparkle. Then I finished by grounding the piece with a thin black mat and placing on a Pacific Point card base.
Thanks for all your hard work, Amy! You're such an inspiring stamper and friend.