Hi there! Today I have some inspiration using products from a new-to-me company: Scrappy Tails Crafts! I was very honored when the ladies at Scrappy Tails Crafts reached out and asked if I would like to play with some of their newer products. Their new release is filled with beautiful images of Birds and Butterflies, and I had such fun creating this pair of delicate, crisp cards with splashes of soft color. Let’s get started with the details!
If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you will know of my obsession with colorful, super saturated vibrant backgrounds. But sometimes, a girl just needs a little crisp white cardstock with some pops of color, you know? I kept both of these cards simple with some crisp white Hammermill cardstock, which is perfect for both foiling and for alcohol markers!
For my first card, I began by stamping one of the beautifully detailed images from the Birds and Blooms stamp set using alcohol marker-friendly ink. I love that this stamp is all one piece-no masking required to create this beautiful little scene! I used my alcohol markers to add lots of vibrant color to the image, creating a sweet blue birdhouse and adding some swipes of yellow to my birdie’s belly and tail feathers, to (hopefully) create a Pine Warbler. (I am definitely not an ornithologist!!) I used the coordinating die for the Birds and Blooms set to cut out the detailed image, as well as one of the sentiments from the set. I love when there are dies to coordinate with the sentiments in the stamp set, as well!
To ground my sweet little scene, I used the gorgeous, detailed frame from the Fancy Rose Oval die set, which I slightly offset on my A2 panel so that it would be falling off the edge of my card front. I reserved the solid center oval piece and very lightly blended a “sky” using some pale blue ink and a blending brush. The pale blue ink adds just enough color to differentiate the background from the rest of the crisp white card. I adhered the frame and its blended solid interior piece to a crisp white A2 card front using foam adhesive.
I adhered my die cut and colored birdhouse scene using a double layer of foam tape, to help it pop even further from the background and truly make it the focal point. I nestled the sentiment in amongst the cherry blossoms with some more foam tape, then added a few shining iridescent blue pearls for another element of texture on this crisp, colorful card that screams springtime!
My second card features some iridescent hot foiling, created using the gorgeous A2 Butterfly Hot Foil Frame + Coordinating Dies. I hot foiled the butterflies and frame onto some more crisp white Hammermill cardstock using some iridescent hot foil, which creates a beautiful rainbow effect. I die cut all of the images using the coordinating dies and set them aside.
Next, I perused my inks to find a few colors that I could use to create an “iridescent” background, selecting colors that would coordinate with the iridescent rainbow colors in my hot foiled pieces. I used Arctic, Dusty Blue, Passion Flower, and Peony inks from Hero Arts, lightly blending all around the edges of my solid A2 background panel, and I think the combo of these four inks picks up the iridescent colors in the foil beautifully!
I popped up the hot foiled frame around the edge of my blended background panel using foam adhesive, then added the butterflies and greeting, scattering the butterflies so that they fluttered in a visual cascade down the front of my card front, keeping the larger butterflies in the center of the card and tapering off in size towards the top and bottom. The final touch was to add a few iridescent gems for one last touch of sparkle!
Well, that’s all for my projects today! The new release from Scrappy Tails Crafts features so many beautiful butterfly and bird themed products… if you’re totally in springtime mode like me, you’re going to want to check it out! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous day!