Hello everyone and happy Tuesday to you all.
Today, I decided to Go BIG for this week's Creative Confetti. Yep! You know the saying, "Go big or go home?" Well, that saying applies this week my friends! Check it out...
What sparked this challenge was actually one of YOU! Last week, with the Roll of the Dice challenge, I spotted this beauty below by Irene Rhodes. (She has other super pretty, clean and classy butterfly cards on her blog too!) I was taken by its clean design and the pop of color that just made it special! The greyed out Azaleas Forever background was stunning and I love that die cut edge too. My mind started spinning as to how I could recreate the look in my own way. And so, this challenge sprouted!
HOW TO PLAY: Use a large digital image (blow it up peeps!), a background stamp or create your own background with a series of stamps! Make it BIG and BOLD!
So, when I thought of this challenge, I started by scrolling through all the digital stamps. I knew I wanted to expand the size and make it, just like the challenge says, big and bold! And, I found THIS ONE! Power Poppy's Monarchs and Milkweed digital stamp set.
I knew, however, that I would have to do a little digital manipulation if I wanted the butterflies to be black and the background to be soft. I started with the no-line grey background.
I laid down a few of the butterflies, keeping them black and really helping them, like in Irene's card, POP!
While I liked the grey, I decided maybe a bit of soft color was in order. So, using the tools in Photoshop Elements, I adjusted and "colorized" the background to a soft green. If you need a little help in how to change up the colors of your background, just click HERE for a tutorial I did on getting the most out of your digital stamps!
From there, it's all about coloring, matting and making these big and bold creatures into a card!
I ended up coloring the butterflies up with Copic markers and used a range of orange and yellow markers just splashing on a little color here and there. I did accent with a white gel pen too! For the shaded portions, I used BV0000, BV20 and BV23. The sentiment from the set, I kept just in black to help it pop as well.
Here's a closeup...
I added a little gold cording -- I'm really into metallic cording these days -- and then attached the sentiment with a little foam tape and... ta da! Fini!
So will you go BIG & BOLD this week? I sure hope you do! Remember to link up your creation below so we can all see. Every entry is one more shot at a $25 gift code to the Power Poppy Shop! Thanks for stopping in this week!
a.k.a. Official Creative Confetti Thrower