For this card I decided to use a new Embossing Folder. I bought it the second it was introduced, but then I never used it! Crazy me! Its so cute. The folder is part of a set of two folders that make little embossed frames. The set of "Designer Frames" Embossing folders is nicely priced at $8.95 for the pair. This card uses the oval, and there is also a rectangle frame. Since I was in an embossing mood, I also broke out my much used Framed Tulips Embossing folder. To make the texture of these folders really stand out, I used a sponge to antique the raised portions of the images, with Early Espresso ink. Next I stamped a butterfly from the Kindness Matters set onto a piece of First Edition Designer Series Paper. I love the look of the newsprint on my projects so you'll see this paper a lot! I punched out the image with the Extra-Large Oval punch, which is made to co-ordinate with this embossing frame. One of the great things about Stampin' Up! is the co-ordination of the products! I love that! I colored the butterfly in with Pretty in Pink, then added highlights with Perfect Plumb.
I then took my sponge and added some ink around the edges of the oval. I wanted the butterfly to be a little shimmery, without too much glitter, so I grabbed the Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink in "Illuminate Top Coat. This is a product that I've just recently started using. Its great because it adds a shimmer, but no bulk of glitter, and no mess of glitter. And sometimes glitter is too much. I love glitter, but this product is a great addition that I didn't think I needed, but now that I have it, I love it. And, is easy to apply, like nail polish! I painted it onto the butterfly image. Done!
I them put all my pieces together. I added some Pretty in Pink 1 1/4 inch striped ribbon, gathered at the top with an Antique Brad. I attached my ribbon to a piece of Chocolate Chip Paper with distressed edges. I used a glue dot, or three, to attach my framed butterfly to the ribbon and Chocolate Chip paper, and put it all on my Crumb Cake base layer.