Saturday, August 15, 2015

Happy Graduation


Hi everyone.  It's the start of a new challenge at Addicted to CAS.  I can't believe how quickly time flies between challenges! :)

This challenge is hosted by the very creative and sweet Barb (Barb's Studio Creations) ... and she has chosen this word ...






I made the above graduation card for a family friend who just graduated from Grade 12 at the end of June.  Natasha is a very smart, beautiful and talented young woman and I know she will enjoy her time at University.  Congrats Natasha!!

I used a panel I made a while back with concentrated liquid watercolour paint (yellow, orange, magenta) to die-cut the butterfly.

I stamped the sentiment in black, placing it so that the butterfly could snuggle right up against it.  I decided it needed something a little extra, so stamped the splat in gold ink for the background behind the butterfly.  To tie the butterfly in with the gold splats, I dry embossed the butterfly with script and sponged with Inka Gold wax paste.  I used a foam brush and swiped lightly across the embossing just to highlight the raised areas.  Using stiff foam works well for this.  I added just a little to the tips of the antennas as well. :)

I hope you'll find time to check out the ATCAS School Challenge.  You'll see the wonderful cards from our Design Team, along with a card made by our extremely talented August Guest Designer, Linda (PaperCutting Kind of Day).

I'm also going to add this to the Mixed Media August Card Challenge ... where they are looking for Butterflies this month, with an optional element of gold.  I know this is super CAS, but it does have a lot of mixed media in this card, but in small doses (stamping, watercolour sprayed background, die-cuts, dry embossing, and inka gold wax paste highlights). :)


And I'm adding it to Virginia's View Challenge #17 - All About Embellishments.  The butterfly embellishment is the star of this card. :)



Thanks for coming by for a visit!








Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge (SU!); Happy (Simon Says)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Black (SU!); Watercolour (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Delicata Gold (Tsukineko)
Accessories & Tools:  Yellow, Orange and Magenta Liquid Watercolour Concentrate (Dick Blick), Frost White Paint (Tsukineko), Moonlight butterfly die (Memory Box), sponge, Inka Gold

ATCAS #70 - School
Mixed Media August Card Challenge - Butterflies
Virginia's View #17 - Embellishments

30 comments:

sandie said...

Totally stunning, the touch of gold splatter just perfect. CAS perfection my friend x

Anita in France said...

Wow, that little butterfly is a work of art, Loll ... stunning against the gold splatter! Hugs, Anita :)

Doni High said...

Beautiful! I love the way you tucked Happy right up to the gold spatter background...very cool!

Bonnie said...

I love this beautiful butterfly with the bit of gold! Looks so elegant! What a beautiful CAS card!

shirley-bee said...

A perfect example of CAS mixed media, Loll - I love it!

Cathy said...

Beautiful card Loll, thanks for the tip on highlighting the embossing too, it looks fantastic, Cathy x

Barb Ghig said...

I love how you created dimension on your butterfly, and the color combo is so pretty. Loll! Beautiful water color sprayed background, too! Gorgeous CAS card!

Susan said...

So lovely! Wonderful use of the text and inka gold on the butterfly, and perfect layout of stamps and die cut!

Deepti said...

Oh my goodness! The colors on the butterfly are simply stunning :) gorgeous card !

honeybeelane said...

Absolutely lovely, Loll! Of course, butterflies are one of my favorites! Beautifully CAS. Thanks for playing at MMCC August Challenge Butterflies. Melissa - DT

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Sheer elegance Loll! Simply beautiful.
Sarah x

JosieD said...

I have a thing for butterflies so drawn to this card right away. Love the dry embossing with gold wax idea over gold splatter stamp. A punch of wow and bling against simplicity of CAS....striking!

Karen D. said...

so pretty...love the eb on the butterfly...
hugs mf.

Jeanne said...

Oh goodness, this is gorgeous!!

Ksenija Rizova said...

Loll, this is amazing card! The embossed and watercoloured butterfly is so beautiful, love the colour mix on its wings!

Pat said...

This is really beautiful Loll and the butterfly die cut from a previously coloured piece of cardstock and the added Inca Gold is so sparkly and pretty and the gold ink spots in the background work really well. x

Linda said...

Beautifully CAS Loll .... that butterfly is stunning and I love the gold splatter xx

nancy littrell said...

I love your beautiful watercolored panel butterfly and dry eb with gold accents. I thought you had heat EB your butterfly.. I. Love your gold splits behind your butterfly and placement of your sentiment. All so perfect. TFS my friend.

Joyce said...

What a gorgeous graduation card. Love the way you embellished the butterfly. It is the perfect image for a young lady who is spreading her wings as she moves ahead with her education.

Kathyk said...

Splendid make, Loll.

Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting - hope to see your foray in to Joseph's Coat Technique here soon!

Kathyk

Bobby said...

Definitely CAS but with such lovely detail.

Lee-Anne said...

I'm not sure what caught my eye first, Loll. Love the texture on the butterfly...and the gold is just plain yummy on this!

My Paper Epiphany said...

CAS Mixed Media Perfection! Love it!

Stamps and Paper said...

Gorgeous butterfly Loll a perfect CAS card

Anne

Julia Aston said...

Love that colorful embossed butterfly fluttering over the splatter - such a delight to look at Loll! Thanks for joining us in the Mixed Media Card Challenge! Julia xx

Valentyna Komisarenko said...

OMG, this is so beautiful! Love your gorgeous butterfly over the splatters!

Sanna Lippert said...

love your cards, Loll!!! this is no exception! beautiful take on the challenge!!! thanks for joining in with us <3

Bhavana said...

absolutely stunning Loll :)

Elina Strömberg said...

So beautiful! Love your CAS style card!

Kripa Koushik said...

Such a gorgeous cas card lol. Love d colours and so much oomph with so little. Just wow.