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4/02/2016

M is for Margins & Mint

Good Morning from sunny Upstate SC where Spring is bustin' out all over....(That's a song, right?)

Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge theme this time round is Butterflies, Mint and/or Margins. Haven't been able to join in the Butterfly Challenge for a while, so started this card. Worked hard using pan pastels to create a 'mint' color, hope this looks like mint to other people! While working on the card, learned that a good friend lost her DH yesterday morning. So thought this would work for a sympathy card too.


- taped off the margins, inked up an old wooden butterfly stamp(Hero Arts - 4 small stamps in a pack)  with versamark, a-stamping I did go. On the 2nd try, decided to heat emboss the butterflies with Ranger Silver Pearl before applying the pan pastels. Selected 2 shades of color that combined might yield a mint as I had nothing in the supplies that was specifically labeled 'mint'. Sprayed a mat fixative over the chalk surface when it was finished.

- applied versamark to another butterfly stamp, inked on white snippet, then heat embossed with the Ranger Silver Pearl. Used the same pan pastels, but wanted get a deeper color than the background, so tried adding a blend of Zig watercolor brush markers in light turquoise and pale green & a bit of waterbrush. This didn't look really 'mint-like', but it did give some nice splotches of color in the wings. Let this dry well, applied some more pan pastel over it. There's 2 layers of butterflies on each one, fussy cut, adhered together. Used a silver gel pen to color the edges & the body.

- Silver outline stickers to dress it up a bit; the SU sentiment was stamped with versamark, and heat embossed with Judikins Aegean Silver. Tried to use an old Brilliance Starlight pad, and found it is dry. Reinking this morning, and not sure if it's going to work as it's supposed to when one reinks a pad.

Off to join the Butterfly Challenge, and there's still time to hop in and have some fun.

34 comments:

scrAPpamondo said...

Beautiful light and fresh card, the mint colour has came out so well! Lovely butterflies, they have a great dimension, and like so much the elegant touch of the stickers borders.
Hugs

Kath said...

This is a beautiful card - perfect as a Sympathy card - such lovely delicate colours.
Kath x

Lisa said...

This is so beautiful, Mary!! I love the background with the butterflies fluttering about!! The colors are fabulous!! The two butterflies on the top are gorgeous!! Love this!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Sue said...

Hi Mary, A lovely card. Sorry to hear of your friends hubby.

Hugs
Sue

Christine Harrop said...

A lovely card Mary and I'm sorry for your friend's loss. I am sure she will appreciate your card though. Love the background youhave created. in this lovely colour. Hope youare well. Hugs Christine xx

PS Isn't the song "June is bustin'out all over"? But you are right that spring is certainly bursting out too!

Veerle said...

This is very gorgeous Mary, love the mint colour.
Hugs Veerle

Stampsnob. said...

Lovely card Mary Do you love Zig Watercolor pens You have done a beautiful job with them..........Lis

Kathleen said...

Evening Mary, fabulous take on the theme and a really lovely card, ideal for your friend.

Kath x

McCrafty's Cards said...

This is gorgeous mary, I like the beautiful butterflies .
Kevin xx

pam said...

Beautiful colours and butterflies on this card Mary, sorry about your friend loosing her husband, she will appreciate this beautiful card.

Pam x

Pat said...

This is very pretty Mary and definitely mint green and I love the beautiful butterflies and the silver embossed sentiment. It is not nice to have to send a sympathy card but this one is just perfect. x

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful sympathy card Mary and certainly looks mint to me--sorry I haven't been around for a while but I have had the bug bug and have had hubby ill for over a month cannot get rid of a chest infection and been in bed ill for over three weeks -so my commenting time was limited and got behind on a few of my followers-so sorry wasn't ignoring you
Carol x

cm said...

How sad that your friend lost her husband; your gorgeous mint/silver butterfly card is sure to buoy her spirits. Soft, pretty, delicate...heart-warming! Thank you so much for your sweet, touching comment on my 'boo boo' card; adding you to my Feedly so I can come to visit you, too!!
~c (carol)

Susanne Vargas said...

This beautiful, soothing card will hopefully ease your friend's pain a little!

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
oh I am so sorry to hear about your friends loss.
Only time heals the sadness that she must be feeling.
Your card is so perfect for the sad occasion.
I love what you have created here.
Very clever making that lovely mint shade with your pan pastels, and you butterfly design is fantastic.
I must admit I am struggling with that colour, and haven't entered the challenge yet because of it.
Must get my thinking cap on, but your card has given me some wonderful inspiration.
Love and biggest hugs from my house to your.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Gerrina said...

Just like such a sad card should look; easy on the eyes and delicate! Enjoy the sunday!

Shona Erlenborn said...

Lovely colors Mary! Beautiful fluttering butterflies. Love the effect of the pan pastels. The border outline stickers are an elegant addition - sorry to hear of your friend's loss. Your card will surely lift her spirit at this time of loss.

Mrs A. said...

So pleased to see you in my challenge but so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. The card you have made is beautiful and the mint colour just shines out. The margins look good down each side and contain the butterflies. Thank you for fluttering by. Your card will be entered I o the drawer twice. Hugs Mrs A. .

Zoe Tant said...

What a lovely card. I'm sure it will brighten your friends day. Zx

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

This is just beautiful Mary! Soft and gentle, just perfect for a sympathy card! A stunning card for a very sad occasion! Have a lovely Sunday my friend! Hazel xx
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Marilyn said...

Beautiful Sympathy Card!! Love the Mint color

Bonnie said...

I love this beautiful soft green you've achieved, Mary! I'm impressed with your mixing colors to come up with just the right one! Beautiful butterflies. The Swallowtails are coming out and flitting all over the yard here.

Brenda said...

Wow, this is a beautiful sympathy card Momma Mary! I love the mint colors that you made. Not sure I would have been able to make a mint color like that. Your butterflies are just gorgeous and loving their minty color as well. The silver just sets off the mint color and the whole card. Yes, I'm sure card this will bring your friend comfort Momma Mary. Hugs, Brenda

Olga Fink said...

Very beautiful card Mary! I love this pastel color and it's so great with the butterflies!
xoxo Olga

Pia S said...

I think you achieved a great mint color here. It's looking delicate and CAS, a lovely card for a sad occasion.

Loll said...

LOVE that delicate mint paired with the silver pearl embossing, Mary. So pretty!! Lots of depth and dimension with your layered butterflies too. Gorgeous card that is sure to be appreciated. So sorry to hear about your friend. xx

Redanne said...

This is such a pretty Spring feel card Mary, the muted tones are gorgeous and of course, I adore all the stunning butterflies. A perfect design for any kind of occasion I think but it works so well as a sympathy card. Hugs, Anne xx

Daffodil Cards said...

I'm sorry your day started off with bad news, but the card will help I'm sure, it is beautiful and such a restful colour.

Joi at RR said...

Gorgous - wow. Love the mint and that silver pearl is so perfect Mary. So peaceful and lovely. XXj.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I think mint is a tricky color to achieve. Your card is lovely and has a nice spring feel to it.

Pippa said...

Beautiful card Mary and it looks minty to me! Mind you Polo's are mints, toothpaste is mint; and they are both white!!

Sandy said...

Beautiful sympathy card Mary -- I know you would like to have more words but I never really know what to say.
Sandy xx

Petra Swart said...

Love your beautiful butterflies and the soft green and silver is perfect for your sympathy card, Mary!!!! Wonderful spring look!!!
Hugz

ellyscard creatief said...

Gorgeous card Mary! Beautiful soft colors.Love it.