Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mardi Gras Fairy - For Fun DT Card

What started out as a very CAS card did not end up that way. I was really challenged by this week's choice of Green, Purple and Gold for our For Fun Challenge. I then decided to use my background stamp to emboss in gold. That meant I needed to pull out some green and purple inks to sponge - uh oh. I don't have purple TH ink, which seems be the only ink I can sponge without really aweful blotches. I'm still working on that! So I experimented with using Victorian Velvet layered with Faded Jeans to create a violet colour. Genius!

I was going to go simply stamp a butterfly, mounted in the middle with a vellum friendship sentiment. However, at the last second remembered my Masked Fairy in Green from Sweet Pea Stamps which I'm embarrassed to say I have had for months and have never gotten around to inking. She's embossed in gold and coloured with my limited selection of Copics. The wings and accessories are all covered with Star Dust Stickles to add some glitz and interest. This just seemed to fit the Mardi Gras theme better.

The jury is still out on the large posy I made since I think it results in a lack of focal point on the card. Is it the image or the flower? Anyways, the flower was made with my Tattered Flowers Die, sponged with Victorian Velvet, run through my Big Shot with my Victorian Lace embossing folder and then sponged again with Faded Jeans and Victorian Velvet a second time. A half pearl and rhinestones finish it off.

A large gold ribbon with green over top are used to ground both the flower and the image to the card.

Challenges this Card Meets:
7 Kids College Fund - Purple, Green and Gold
In a Sweet Pea Dream - Warmer Weather (It's snowing here, so spring will be warmer!)
Challenge Up Your Life - Fairy Tales (She reminds me of the movie, Ever After.)
Crazy 4 Challenges - Flowers
Creations by Gill M - Purple, Green and Gold
Incy Wincy - Spring is in the Air
Oldie but a Goodie - Spring is in the Air (BG stamp has been around for YEARS, the Sweet Pea stamp since at least September but probably more like summer so it should qualify too.)
One Stop Challenge - Spring Flowers
Pear Tree Designs - Ribbon
Stamp Something - With Flowers
Sweat Pea Stampers - Sweet Pea Favourites (How to choose!?!)


  1. This is an amazing card! Thanks so much for creating this beautiful card. You rock!

  2. This is gorgeous!!! Love how you gold embossed the image before colouring, what a fab idea that I will be casing. Also, that flower is wonderful, totally adds to it.

  3. Beautiful card hun!
    Thanks for playing at SPS this week, and good luck!
    Teri xx

  4. This is so soft and delicate looking love your embossed flower Thanks for Sharing at Incy Wincy this Week
    Hugs Nikki and the rest of the DT

  5. Gorgeous card I love the colours image and papers. Thanks for joining us at the OSCC this week. luv gina xx

  6. Gorgeous card, I love the image, but aside from that.. your flower is just stunning!! I love all the detail and texture!!

    Thanks for joining us over at Pear Tree Designs in our 'Ribbon' challenge - good luck.

    Lou Mac. xo

  7. Beautiful - love your colors and the added sparkle!

  8. Hi Christine - this is a lovely card - thanks for entering into my mardi gras challenge but not sure if youve forgotten to link it as its not showing in your list of challenges the card is entered into ?

  9. Such a beautiful card, I love the image with her sparkly wings and the flower is gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Pear Tree Designs this week and good luck xx

  10. Beautiful card, I just love the embossed flower and that fairy image is just adorable.

  11. Beautiful card Christine I love the colours you have used. Thanks for joining in at Oldie But Goodie this week and good luck
    Laurie x

  12. Hi Christine.

    I'm Lisa, I'm on the Creations By Gill M Design Team.

    Your card is fantastic. I really like the gold embossing you've done and of course the use of colours throughout the whole card is fab. Oh and the flower is gorgoeus!

    Well done.

    Lisa x

  13. I am feeling warmer just looking at you wonderful creation!!

    Thanks for joining us at Sweet Pea Dream!

    Sweet Pea DT

  14. Such a beautiful card!

    Thanks for joining us at Oldie but a goodie this time
    and good luck!


  15. A beautiful card ~ very elegant
    Thanks for joining our challenge at OLDIE but a GOODIE, hope you’ll join us again
    Hugz Fleur xXx

  16. So beautiful, just love the way you did her wings. Kim

  17. Gorgeous Card, what a good idea to incorporate a fairy with a Mardi Gras Theme

    Pam CBGM DT

  18. Beautiful card!!

    Thank you for playing along with us at 7 Kids College Fund this week and hope to see you again!! :)

  19. love this card just seen your blog over on Gills so came to see and now follow
    Jacki xx

  20. A wonderful card! Great :)
    Thanks for playing with us at Challenge up your life!

  21. Beautiful. Fabulous use of Mardi Gras colors! Thank you for joining us at 7 Kids College Fund Challenge.