Monday, January 25, 2010

Fred, She Said's First Challenge...

Fred, She Said is launching their Challenge Blog today, and our first challenge is to make a card using the colors from the banner on the blog! Pastel colors are always a favorite, and the soft tones of purple, green and yellow were pretty to work with. Visit the Challenge blog and see what the rest of the Design Team has created!

My butterfly is a digistamp from Fred, She Said and I printed it out on Whisper White cardstock, then colored it with Copics. I cut the butterfly out and added pearls for embellishments then laid it aside to make my background.

My background uses Spectra Art Tissue, which is a tissue paper that bleeds when it becomes wet. Using glossy cardstock, I laid a piece of aqua art tissue that I had crumpled then smoothed out. With a water mister, I sprayed water onto the entire tissue/cardstock. The wrinkles gives the background the mottled appearance. With a Kleenex, I pushed the tissue onto my cardstock, making sure to leave my wrinkles intact, then removed the art tissue. My mosaic background was not complete though. I took another piece of crumpled art tissue (light fuschia) and repeated the procedure. This mixing of colors gave me my purple/lemony effect! Once dry, I punched my cardstock with a Martha Stewart punch and stamped my sentiment (Inkadinkado) using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I adhered my cardstock to a white card, then added my butterfly for the finishing touch. Card size: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches.

Another sample of the Spectra Art Tissue effect. I used Red and Yellow Art tissue for this card and enhanced the butterfly with orange rhinestones! My sentiment is from Inkadinkado.


  1. Darsie-I am in awe of your background. How beautiful. What a lovely presentation. So pretty!!!


  2. These are just gorgeous, especially the first one, I love those colors.

  3. Beautiful, Darsie. I have never heard of this art tissue but may have to check it out. Lovely backgrounds for beautifully colored butterflies.

  4. holey moley girl, these are gorgeous!!!!
    Amazing backgrounds and beautifully embellished butterflies!
    Blessings, Maria

  5. Love them both Darsie. I've been shown that bleeding tissue technique but I like the way you've explained it much much better.

  6. Oh wow. These are beautiful and I too have never heard of this art tissue but know I need to try this. Thank you for sharing this beautiful technique!

  7. I knew there was something really cool going on with that background! Fantastic cards! The butterflies are delightfully coloured.

  8. This is an absolutely beautiful effect. I really love the opal look!

  9. Gorgeous card! Thank you for sharing, I will definitely be trying this out.


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