Friday, May 24, 2013

Don't Worry Be Happy!

This is my latest creation for Linda with Lost Coast Designs, a fun mixed media kind of card created with VersaMagic ink (one of my favs) on the Gelli Plate, alcohol inks (more of my favs), a handmade shimmery white Perfect Pearl mist (can't live without this stuff) and an absolutely gorgeous butterfly stamped on heavy-weight vellum and embossed with Fantasy Black embossing powder! I used the largest butterfly in the gorgeous Lost Coast Designs Butterflies set. The sentiment is from the Lost Coast Designs Party Words set. I'll be sharing several more cards created with awesome Lost Coast Designs cards over the next week, so stay tuned!

I have to say I had a great time with this one, and am very pleased with how it turned out! I stamped the butterfly on 36-lb vellum in white dye ink, then embossed it with Black Fantasy embossing powder. I colored the wings of the butterfly (on the back side) with purple, green, pink and yellow Smooch inks and set aside to dry. The background was created by applying VersaMagic Night Sky ink directly onto the Gelli Plate in a circular fashion, then pressing the cardstock down onto it. I then dropped Eggplant, Cranberry, Purple Twilight, Sunset Orange, Lettuce and Sunshine Yellow Adirondack alcohol inks randomly in a butterfly trail pattern (from about 12" above) down onto the background piece and sprayed the piece with a handmade Perfect Pearl mist and water in a mini mister.

Once dried, I trimmed the background piece and rounded the corners, then matted it on black crinkle cardstock. I adhered the piece to  an ivory cardstock base with rounded corners. I stamped the sentiment in the lower right corner in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I cut out the butterfly using a Pergamano 4-prong perforating tool, attached some gold wire antennae and adhered it to the front with Kool Tak a clear foam square cut in half. Just beautiful!

I'd love to enter this card into the following challenges:

  • GKD Pure Luxury ivory cardstock; The Paper Cut black crinkle cardstock
  • Lost Coast Designs Butterflies stamp set
  • Lost Coast Designs Party Words stamp set
  • Sweet Stamps 36-lb vellum
  • Sweet Stamps white dye ink
  • Sweet Stamps Fantasy Black embossing powder
  • Pergamano 4-prong perforating tool
  • VersaMagic Night Sky dew drop ink
  • Purple, green, pink and yellow Smooch inks
  • Adirondack Eggplant, Cranberry, Purple Twilight, Sunset Orange, Lettuce and Sunshine Yellow alcohol inks
  • Handmade Perfect Pearl powder; mini mister
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Kool Tak clear foam dimensional squares

Here's a close-up shot of that gorgeous shimmery butterfly!

Thanks so much for stopping by today - we'll see you next time! ;)


  1. Leslie, your card is beautiful I love the butterfly...

  2. WOW super creation here!!! Love how you have used so many products to produce the gorgeous background which fots our challenge perfectly!! Thanks for joining us at Anything Goes this time and good luck.
    Carol x DT

  3. This is a beautiful design Leslie and such detail! I really love it! Thanks for joining us at ATSM

  4. That butterfly is just stunning! Love the colors too. Thanks for joining us at ATSM this week!

  5. A gorgeous butterfly indeed! Fabulous inking and stamping! Thanks so much for sharing your card with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show.

  6. Beautiful card, I love the shimmery colour combination. Thank you for joining us over at Anything Goes for our backgrounds challenge xhugsx Nikki

  7. Very pretty! The shimmer on the butterfly is just perfect. Thanks for playing at ATSM. :)

  8. This is gorgeous, Leslie! Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week :D

  9. Very unique. Love the effect of the alcohol ink on the card
    Thanks for sharing at 365cards!

  10. Thanks Leslie for playing our Critter challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks! Super pretty, sparkles...awesome!

  11. Beautiful card! I love the colors and layout you used. Thank you so much for sharing your incredible inspiration with us at 4 Crafty Chicks. Have an amazing week!

  12. Oh my gosh - a true WOW card. Love that butterfly - its so gorgeous. Thanks for joining us this week at ATS&M


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