Friday, June 14, 2019

As The Dragon Flies...

Hello there, it's Fri-Yay! I hope you are planning something fun this weekend as we honor the Dads in our lives...which reminds me, I need to get going on Honey's card! For now though, I have a 4x6 artist post card to share with you that I then added onto the front of a 5x7" birthday card! Grab a cuppa if you have the time and get comfy. Lots of photos today!

So... my color scheme is Lemon Yellow, Lime Green and Black because that is Lost Coast Design's current challenge. I went into this not liking this combo and it took me making this to be a fan. I used the brightest yellows I could find and I think that helped. I made an Artist Post Card because I wanted to play at Sunday Post Card Art's Dragonflies challenge. I have had this Technique Tuesday Boho Buzz dragonfly stamp for years and never inked it up that I remember. This was also a good opportunity for me to use my Spellbinders Botanical Swirls cover plate die as well. I cut white index stock and used a Copic to color it lime green.

 I wanted a sun and sunshine peeking through my botanicals die, as bright as possible so I turned to my Neon ink and my Spectrum Noir Flourescent yellow marker. Combining these with Squeezed Lemonade and Fossilized Amber Distress inks gave me really cool looking sunburst after stenciling with a Crafters Workshop Mini-Sunburst stencil.  I shifted the stencil around slightly to color the entire circle and got that really cool inner circle.

 I just kept blending the colors until I liked it.

Then I adhered my botanical die using spray adhesive. LOVE THAT STUFF for intricate dies!

I stamped 4 of the dragonflies with VersaMark, heat-embossed them with Ranger Black Sparkle EP, colored them all with Copics and then fussy cut them out. I blinged them using Sakura glitter gel pens and yellow and gold Winks of Stella.
I attach 2 of the dragonflies using ScorTape on their bodies and thin dimensionals under the wings. I added 3 gold flower sequins and edged my post card with black chalk ink.

1.  Sunday Post Card Art: Dragonflies


Okay, so next is the birthday card I made using the 4x6" artist post card.

I cut a piece of flourescent yellow DCWV card stock to a 5x7 card, added some lime green SU card stock matting and DCWV black plaid paper under the artist post card to frame it.

I used this current Fusion sketch as my inspiration, as well as the bright neon colors on the VW bus.

 The inside of my card uses stamps by I Brake for Stamps, Woodware, Verve Visuals and Avery Elle. Ink used was VersaFine Clair Nocturne.

 A close-up attempting to show the glittery wings, very apparent and lovely in person.

 I stamped the Studio Calico Time Flies stamp and the Clear Dollar Another Birthday? stamp with VersaMark and then heat-embossed using Ranger Lemon Yellow and Fern Green EP's. I played with using them both here. I now have a little leftover mixture of yellow and green, which is a bit weird but another challenge to figure out how to use it, lol. My die cut is Spellbinders Labels 14.

Another close-up attempting to show the glittery wings...

I hope you liked my artist post card on a greeting card! If nothing else, I bet the photos woke you up, heehee! Yellow is so good for my soul, I should put more of it in my life!

1. Fusion Card Challenge: Sketch + VW Hippie (Sketch is shown above)
2.  Moo Mania #193: Here Comes the Sun - I stenciled the sun on my background under the botanical swirls die.
3.  Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge #77: Lemon, Lime and Black
4.  Take A Word Challenge: Time
5.  Stamplorations Mixed Media Challenge June - Must use a stencil and I used TCW's 6x6 Mini-Sunburst
6.  Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies June Challenge - I used 2 Spellbinders dies on my card front: 4x6 Botanical Swirls cover plate and Labels 14 dies.
7.   Time Out Challenge #137: Nature + Opt. One-Layer Card - I did not play the option.
8.  Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge June 10-23: Wings - I have dragonfly wings. 
9.  2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #27: AG with a Critter - I have dragonfly critters. 
10.  Country View Challenge June: It's a Bug's Life
11.  Cut It Up Challenge #176: Welcome Summer! - Must use a die cut - I've used two.
12.  Love to Scrap Challenge #122: No Rulz 3 (AG)
13.  Crafty Creations #392: Always AG
14.  Crafting From the Heart #245: Always AG
15.  Through the Craft Room Door Week of Jun 11: Always AG
16.  Scrapping4Fun Challenge #142: Summer
17.  Paper Girls Challenge #177: My Top 5 - This card contains 5 of my top art process faves: 1) coloring 2) heat embossing 3) stamping 4) die cutting 5) using bold colors.
18.  Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge June: Always AG with Patterned Papers

Thanks so much for hanging in there for this long post! And thanks as always for stopping by to visit. I hope you have a great weekend! XOX


sandie said...

beautiful card, full of bright and vibrant colours. Love the way you built up the layers from that gorgeous sun ray stencil. Super to see the glitter on the dragonflies. Thanks for joining Time Out

Lisa Lynn said...

I saw your card and just had to come say that it's GORGEOUS! Very creative.

Lozzy said...

Love your card with those colours..Hugs Lozzy x

Meggymay said...

Its a beautiful sunshine stencil , the post card looks lovely with the dragon flies and leaf details.
It is a good idea to use it on a card, the layering does change the look and I think it looks awesome as a Birthday card.
Yvonne xx

Cut It Up Challenge Blog said...

That's the perfect die cut for dragonflies. They love to zoom in and out of vegetation! I actually just saw some cool dragonflies yesterday - their bodies were white and their wings black. Really pretty!

Your card is striking. I like all the layers in it. Thanks for sharing it with us for our Cut it Up for our Welcome Summer challenge!


Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Lots of wonderful layers and I really like the citrus color theme!

froebelsternchen said...

A fantastic color sheme and precious gragonflies!Thank you for joining Moo Mania again with this wonderful card Aimeslee!Happy weekend!Susi xxx

ionabunny said...

Glad you decided to give these colours a go. It looks fabulous. Very nice little dragonfly stamp. Thanks for joining the fun at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Challenge. Hugz

Sue said...

What a gorgeous card Aimeslee, these really are fabulous colours together aren't they. I love your glittery dragonflies, and the way that you decorate ALL of your card. Thank you so much for joining in with us again at Country View Crafts, and have a very happy weekend, Sue xx

Gina said...

Oh my gosh! I thought those dragonflies were cut from fabric...they are so beautiful! Fabulous use of the sunburst background stencil too :D Thank you for sharing with us a Craftyhazelnut's PPC XXX

Rosie said...

Just gorgeous

Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

Suzanne Reynolds said...

How bright and pretty are the colors you used in your card...and using the yellow stencil sunrays against the green flair of color is a great background for your embossed butterflies. You have also met the requirement for Double Trouble Challenge using stencils and/or embossing and would love you to include this in our Challenge since we are partnering with 2CCC's and our challenge is still open for today...hope to see you there.

Donna Ellis said...

Another amazing creation, Aimeslee! I would never have thought of using a stencil behind a background like that - and it is STUNNING! It has brought so much life and motion to your fantastic card. Beautifully colored dragonflies, too! So glad I got to see your critter project showcased at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge. Hope to see more of your creations in the future.
Crafty Smiles,
{Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

Anita in France said...

Lovely layering and texture, Aimslee ... the perfect spot for those delightful, shimmery dragonflies! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Anita :)

Amy said...

2 of my favs.. Dragonflies & green
Coming from moo mania

Cicci said...

So wonderful card!! LOVE that colors in the background! Its fantastic!1
Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
HUGS Cicci
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Cicci With the Pen {My Blog}

Scrapping4funChallenges said...

Gorgeous card, love the dragonflies
Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges
Rachelle DT

Megan Flynn said...

Beautiful Dragonflies and the background die really suits just love it. Megan Scrapping4funchallenges Design Team

Tammy said...

WOW Aimeslee this is gorgeous, I LOVE the background and the beautiful dragonflies, very pretty!
Tammy x

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous card and zingy colours-love the use of a stencil behind the large die and the dragonflies look sooo beautiful
Carol x

Gillena Cox said...

Gorgeous. Luv the layering.
Have a good weekend


Jill V said...

Such a fun card design - I really love how finished the back of the card to match the design too. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Jill

Hazel said...

Thank you so much for joining my Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper June challenge with your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon x

Evelyn Walter said...

Such a beautiful card, Aimslee! I love the background and the dragonflies are beautifully colored.
Thank you for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts this month!
Evelyn xxx

MariLynn said...

Love the sunburst background. Thanks for sharing with STAMPlorations mixed media challenge.

Helen said...

A great card - thanks for joining us at the Love to Scrap Challenge.

Helen x