Thursday, June 6, 2013

June projects for A Creative Need ...

This is my first project ... my Butterflies and Blooms Card.  

I used Microsoft Word 2010, my document started with landscape mode and thin margins.

I used Flourish 1 Hearts from A Creative Need's Etsy shop for this project.  First, I placed all four flourishes on the page. (The flourishes download in a set of four - one for each corner.) One flourish at a time, I used Picture Tools - Format - Color - Set Transparent Color to click on a white section of the flourish picture.

To create a butterfly, I placed the four flourishes close to each other.  Then I moved the pieces around to resemble a butterfly.  Please refer to the picture shown below for the placement of flourishes.

Next, I selected all four pieces and Grouped them.  Then I changed the size of the butterfly.  I copied the butterfly two more times and made them different sizes.

Next, I inserted the Small Blossom Cluster freebie from the A Creative Need Blog onto the page.  I positioned the butterflies near the cluster.

I created an empty text box with no fill and a medium gray line.  In my example above, I've used red for the line so it can be seen easier.  The text box was 3 3/8" wide and 5 1/8" tall.  I clicked on Send Backward to be able to have the text box behind the blossoms and butterflies.

On this same page, I created another text box and added a sentiment to add to the card.  I printed this out on Neenah Classic Crest card stock.

I cut out the sentiment and then used a Memento Tuxedo Black Marker to edge the rectangle.

I cut out the main image for the front of the card by using the text box line as a guide.   I cut away part of the card stock in the lower right corner.  The parts cut out are shown on the card by the pinkish-orange paper.  I used chalk to color around the butterflies and to color the blossoms. I didn't like the way the chalk looked on the blossoms.  So I printed one more page.  This time, I fussy cut the flowers, stems and leaves, leaving them in one piece  like the original image.  I used Copic markers to color the flowers (Y04, Y11, and Y15).  The leaves and branches were colored with Copics (G00, G21, G43, and YG03).

I glued the inked flowers on top of the flowers and stems on the main image.

I used Sakura Glaze pens on the butterflies.  And finally, I put a little Lime Stickles in the centers of the flowers.  The decorative paper is simply taped to the back of the piece with the images after the Stickles and Glaze pens have dried.

I used a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of light yellow card stock for the card base.  I placed a small piece of decorative paper that coordinated with the color of the leaves behind the sentiment.  This was then attached to the top left corner area of the card.

As usual, I started this project with something in mind, didn't like it, and changed it.  I seem to do that on some of my projects.  However, I enjoy finding ways to "get around" having to start completely over.  How do you cope with your project "detours"?

For my next project, I made a page that could be used in a scrapbook, or in a frame.

I inserted two of each corner of the Decorative Flourish 2 on the page.  Again, I used Microsoft Word 2010, my document started with landscape mode and thin margins. I did not change the size of the flourishes.  I printed the page on decorative paper.

I fussy cut the flourishes from the paper.  I chose a 12" x 12" medium yellow color piece of card stock from my stash.  I used a We R Memory Keepers Lucky 8 Punch to  punch the inner design on the page.

I assembled my cut-out flourishes on the page to resemble a wreath.  After I liked the placement, I used a little glue to stick them down.  Then, I added some flowers from my stash.  Yes, I do have a stash of a bunch of different things! You just never know when you might need something ... am I right?

Then I added a favorite phrase for the center.  I could have added a picture here, or added a picture and a sentiment.  Make it how you want it.  Here is a close-up photo of the bottom right corner of the page.

I think I will put this one in a frame.  Every time I see this phrase, it makes me stop and think ...

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.