Monday 1 April 2013


Absolutely ANYTHING GOES at Simon Says Stamp and Show, wherever inspiration takes you, join in the fun, we would love to see your creative pieces.

Full on pop of colour was the order of the day for me this week to create my Spring inspired card.

I wanted to jazz things up a little this week with a pop of colour and I was in the mood for FUN so what better way to start than with a few SPLATS created using my Distress Stains broken china and wild honey. An anything goes challenge was my opportunity to have some fun with no rules, although I could not believe how much mess I could make from a few splats! The butterfly from the Easter Blueprint stamp set was perfect for adding a little more life to my card, you could say flying colours! The pop of colour adds a touch of spring to this card and I definitely had a spring in my step creating it!
I began this piece by simply colouring several pieces of card with Distress Inks. I applied wild honey, peeled paint, fired brick and broken china inks to my non-stick craft sheet spritzed with water and mopped up the colour with my card stock. I repeated this process for several pieces of card, some of which were used for stamping purposes. I then added a few splats for further interest in the background and purely because they are great fun. I stamped the butterfly directly onto my coloured card with black Archival Ink and then stamped my image a second time, this time cutting out the butterfly and adding on top of my first stamped image for added dimension. For further dimension I added a trinket pin to the top of the butterfly; fragile on the trinket pin was perfect for a butterfly image as their wings seem so fragile.
I added a second butterfly to the top coner of my card, this time stamping the butterfly a second time onto Wendy Vecchi's Clearly For Art modelling film to give movement and dimension. I also added a few wooden hearts coloured with wild honey Distress Ink for a little more interest.
I added BUTTERFLY to the bottom of my card, stamped twice onto spare pieces of coloured card. From this picture you can also see the fabulous splats; I had great fun with those.
FLY using Alpha Cards have been added to the top of my card, coloured with a little wild honey Distress Ink.

For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x 

Products Used:

Distress Stains - Broken China, Wild Honey
Distress Inks - Broken China, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick
Archival Ink - Black
Black StazOn Ink
Tim Holtz Easter Blueprint Stamp Set
Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Trinket Pins, Alpha Cards
Wendy Vecchi's Clearly For Art Modeling Film
Non-Stick Craft Sheet
Studio Calico Hearts and Arrows Wood Veneer Shapes


Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Gorgeous splashes of color here! Love the translucent cool! Great make!

Inkypinkycraft said...

A really beautiful make trace x

Marlena M. said...


Helen said...

I love the splots and splats of colour, and the butterflies!

Sandra said...

This is so lovely and fresh! Love the little color explosions. The butterflies look amazing! Hugs, Sandra

Unknown said...

I like these butterflies by TH, and think You did an amazing job with this card! Love that is bright, sketchy...

Candy C said...

Tracy...I love your springy card! Your dimensional butterflies are so lovely....and different The one done with the blueprint in the background is so cute; with it's Trinket Pin body. I love how you have popped one butterfly right on top of the other one. Then, your other butterfly with the transparent wings is really pretty as well. It really shows the sketching of the butterfly beautifully. Your splats of color are fun and go well with the layered cardstock. I also like your use of the Alpha Cards to spell "FLY". Very clever! As always, you did a great job! <3 Candy

Annie said...

Gorgeous make Tracy. Love those stamps and the colours you have used.


Annie x

Carol Q said...

absolutely gorgeous Tracy. love those splats, the make such a good background

Anonymous said...

The splats are a fabulous background for that butterfly stamp.
This has such a lovely contemporary feel to it.

Klara said...

Wow...Your card is so vibrant and colorful. I like all of this wonderful mess. Really great job. :)

butterfly said...

So amazing, Tracy! A really different look for you, but oh my goodness I love it! Fabulous splats of spring colours, and the butterflies look completely gorgeous - I hadn't realised there was a blueprint butterfly - now I tempted!
Alison x

Barb Cady said...

Beautiful colourful card, this is one of my favourite stamps of the blueprint range and I love what you have done with it. X

Suzanne C said...

Tracy this is gorgeous! LOVE the pops of color and of course the beautiful butterflies! Fantastic!

Redanne said...

What fun this is Tracy, love the gorgeous and delicate butterflies, the CFA works so well and the delicate pin is just perfect. Gorgeous splats in spring-like colours makes this a visual feast. Love it. Hugs, Anne x

Brenda Brown said...

Stunning card Tracy, just live the colours and design and if course that gorgeous butterfly stamp.
Have a good week.
Hugs Brenda xox

barbarayaya62 said...

Gorgeous tag, love the colors and buitterfly is one of my fav stamps! BArbarayaya

Michelle Webb said...

Everyone likes a bit of inky splats, I do! It's gorgeous Tracy. Love the butterflies wings too. Michelle x

froebelsternchen said...

an adorable designed card is this!

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Great card, Tracy! I love the dimension you added to make the butterflies look like they could fly off the page!

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gayle said...

Beautiful Tracy, the colour splashes are fab and I love the dimensional butterflies :)

Maura said...

Love those splats of color! Beautiful!

Cathie said...

Love the Distress Stain splats, Tracy. I love this colorful card.

Anonymous said...

I love the soft, carefree feel to this. LOVELY!