Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Butterfly Medallion in Greens and Golds

I wanted to thank my old school pal for ordering some cards from me recently, so I made her one of my favorite types of card...a medallion image!  I know many of you must think I'm nuts for these being one of my favs, but I love a challenge.  I love to stamp and emboss the images ahead of time on several different colors of cardstock, so when I have time to play I can pick and choose from what I already have stamped.  I then get out my glue pen and Magic Scraps Glitter, and have a ball! 
This card is made with the Butterfly Medallion stamp called Dancing Wings from Holly Berry House Stamps.  It was stamped on several different colors of green cardstock and heat embossed with an unknown light green embossing powder.  The bottom layer was cut out about 1/4" from the embossed edges.  The rest of the layers are cut as close as possible to the embossing without cutting into it.  If you get too close, the embossing will peel off easily from the cardstock.  Don't ask me how I know this! lol 

Next, the Magic Scraps glitter was applied with a Zig glue pen.  I know it may be easier to do with Stickles, but I have an extensive collection of glitter colors that will probably take me forever to use.  The layering is done with the help of foam adhesives.  This is one of the simplier medallions, so there are only four layers on this particular one.  The last layer is stamped on vellum for some more added interest.  Wire was used for the antennae.
The size of this image led to my using an oval mat that I cut with a Fiskars oval cutter to help it stand out better.  The green cardstock in the background has a gorgeous shimmery shine to it.  This was another ebay score.  The gold is made by DeNami and the rick rak is from some of my mom's sewing stash.  The background paper is from my stash as is the green rhinestones.  Instead of adding another layer to the card, a gold paint pen was added to the edges of the DP.  I believe the ribbon is by May Arts and the butterfly charm is from my stash. 
I got another order from Debi, so I need to finish off my cards for OWH so I can start to work on hers.  I have some new stamps and techniques to try out, so I need to get back to work!



Tammy said...

OM Gosh this is stunning Lee!! I absolutely love the colors and layers! What a gorgeous creation! Thank you for your very sweet comment on my blog!! Enjoy your weekend!
Hugs, Tammy

Nikki said...

WOW! I am very jealous of what you can do! Beautiful job! :) xox Nikki

Dolores said...

Just thought I'd stop by to see what you are up to as it's been a while....well, this medallion butterfly is a work of art truly!
Now I've checked others in your archive and they are all so gorgeous!!!

I really didn't know you specialize in these kind, and I'll have to check out those stamps as I also like the big centered images...that I now learned are called medallions! Am still in learning mode here, and my cards are sadly simple compared to yours since I lack all those tools, supplies and techniques! Now I know why you sell these cards with all you put into them. Do you make such detailed ones for OWH?
Seems like shipping would ruin them.

Thanks again for all the info... and I'll visit you at the hop for sure!

You explain your process so well, it's like a tutorial..thanks!

Jan Hunnicutt said...

What a beautiful card, and I love the colors my fav!

Bev Gerard said...


What a gorgeous creation!



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