Just Us Girls Wild Card Challenge- Step by Step

Hello my crafty pals, and thanks for stopping by! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a Just Us Girls challenge but I just couldn’t pass this week up. The challenge is butterflies! I LOVE doing butterfly things! To check out their post about the challenge, click here! I wanted to try something I hadn’t tried a lot, so I went with the emboss resist technique. Keep reading to see what products I used and if the technique worked 😊

First things first, I had to do the base layer of ink blending. I used my Distress Oxide inks in Dusty Concord, Peacock Feathers, and Faded Jeans. I don’t think I’ve ever tried this color combination before but I really liked it! I did my ink blending on a piece of A2 size Strathmore Bristol. That yellow scrap of paper is something I use to keep my fingerprints from getting onto the card in the ink. Since Distress Oxides stay wet for a while they pick up stray fingerprints quite easily. I used my Ranger mini ink blenders and foams to blend the colors together.

Before I did the images on the card, I wanted to get the sentiment down so I could position my butterflies better. I used the “Hello again. I’ve missed you.” sentiment stamp from the Simon Says Stamp ‘Stronger Together’ stamp set. Before I even attempted to stamp the sentiment down, I heat set my panel really well to minimize the amount of embossing powder sticking where I didn’t want it to. I then went over the area with my Embossing Buddy to really ensure I wouldn’t have any strays. I then inked my sentiment up with Versamark Embossing Ink and stamped it down, right in the middle. I then took my Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail White embossing powder and sprinkled it over the sentiment. After tapping the excess off, I heat set the sentiment.

To minimize the risk of not getting a good impression since these are quite detailed in spots, I decided to use my MISTI. It also meant that I could stamp all of the butterflies at once. I had put a small strip of Elmers tape runner on the back of my panel so that I could stick it n the center without magnets and not have it move. Once again I wiped the panel down with my Embossing Buddy before I laid the butterflies on and after I had picked them up with the lid. I wasn’t taking any chances. The butterflies I used are from the Simon Says Stamp “Beautiful Butterflies” stamp set. I then inked up all of the butterflies with Versamark ink. I then took my panel out of my MISTI and sprinkled WOW Super Fine Detail Clear embossing powder (gloss finish) onto the images. I then heat set it with my Wagner heat tool.

After it had cooled for a minute or two, I went back in with the same colors I had blended before and blended them over the heat embossed images. I went heavy. I then wiped the excess off of the heat embossed pieces with a Duo Fiber cloth. It’s not as stark of a contrast as I was looking for but I still like it. The subtlety works with the card. I then flipped my piece over and put down five strips of my favorite 1/2″ Scor Tape. I then attached the card front to a top folding, A2 size card.

Next I did the inside of the card. I stamped the sentiment, again from the Simon Says Stamp “Stronger Together” set, in my go to black- Versafine Onyx Black. I used some of the same butterflies I had used on the front. I stamped them with a Stampin Up ‘Island Indigo’ dye ink, a Hero Arts ‘Orchid’ dye ink, and a Hero Arts dye ink I’ve named ‘Sea Foam’. When I received that ink there was no name, so I named it. I stamped the three butterflies around the edges of the inside of the card. I really do enjoy doing something special with the inside of each of my cards, along with the sentiment. I’ve made the outside look pretty so why not the inside, right?

I just can’t do it, I just can’t. For the final touch on this card, I had to add some bling and embellishments. I took my Studio Katia Color Burst Pearls that I just got in a recent Simon Says Stamp order, and I placed them around the sentiment for a bit of added interest. These pearls are really cool because they’re a bunch of different colors on one pearl! There’s blue and pink and purple, just to name a few. So they fit perfectly with this card! I attached my pearls with my Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue, which is my go to for embellishments and sentiments (when I don’t use Stick It!)

Here is the final card, inside and out! I will admit I got a tad frustrated when the ink resist didn’t work they way I thought it would but the more I worked on the card, the more I liked it and it’s subtlety. The inside is where you really get to see the full intricacies of the butterflies from this stamp set. I love doing ink blended backgrounds, you can do so much with them. What are some of your favorite techniques. Is there one you think I should try? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to chat!

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2 thoughts on “Just Us Girls Wild Card Challenge- Step by Step

  1. Beautiful card! I love the different embossing powders you used to get these results. Lovely colors for the background as well. Great step-by-step photos too. Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls!

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