How do you know you are a real crafter? When you discover that you've sat all the way through dinner with bits of washi tape attached to the sleeve of your fleece!
And why was I walking around looking like an advert for washi tape? Well, it's easy to explain, I've been using my Cuttlebug and it had scraps of washi stuck to it, saved from a previous die cutting session :)
And this is why the Cuttlebug was out ... to emboss the white card for the base of this card topper. First time of using this Sizzix folder, Folksy Fun, but it's so pretty it won't be the last.
I was sorting through my vast collection of snippets and happened on the lavender blue piece, the result of some experimentation with wax paper embossing some time last year, I think - the old memory is not as sharp as it once was. Anyway, I do remember that I embossed the wax paper with the Butterfly Meadow template, from Crafter's Workshop with the Cuttlebug. Once that was done, the wax paper was sandwiched between two pieces of white card and then ironed - this transfers the wax from paper to card which acts as a resist when sponged with ink - in this case, Tim Holtz Shaded Lilac. If you get up close and uncomfortable you might just discern a clump of grass and a couple of butterflies. Not the finest example of the technique but the colour is too pretty to waste and it is a perfect match for the lavender blue card used for matting.
The silhouette stamp, from Kanban Crafts Spring Meadow set, is stamped in Archival Jet Black on front and in Memento London Fog inside. The set also contains a couple of tiny single flower heads - one of which is stamped on the back of the card as a tiny finishing touch.
Materials: white card base; Generations Archival Cardstock in a lavender blue shade; smooth white cardstock; Sizzix embossing folder, Folksy Fun; Crafter's Workshop Butterfly Meadow template; Wax paper; Cuttlebug machine; Ink pads - Tim Holtz DI, Shaded Lilac, Ranger Archival Ink, Jet Black, Memento London Fog; Stamps - Kanban Crafts Spring Meadow, Wild Rose Studio Everyday Greetings; black/white gingham ribbon; small Woodware butterfly punch; Habico pearls; black ProMarker
I'm submitting this card to the following:
My To Craft - Challenge #221 'Show Us The Inside!'
Sweet Stampin' - Clean & Simple
Lady Anne's Friday Sentiment Challenge #9 - Anything Goes
And, of course, if there's snippets involved then I have to take a trip over to Di's, i.e.
Edited Note: At Brenda's suggestion I have also submitted this card to the Stamping Sensations May Challenge - Embossing and Texture
Nearly time to call it a day - there's a book by my bedside tempting me to settle down for a good read.
I hope you have all had a great weekend and that you are rested, revived and raring to go for Monday :)
Take care and happy crafting,