I started with a collection of stenciled backgrounds on white card that I made using the 2015 colors of Distress. I picked the one made with "Abandoned Coral" Distress Ink and the "Burlap" stencil (THS 007). I found my stash of paint chips accumulated over several Home Depot shopping trips several years ago and picked out five that worked with the "Abandoned Coral" (colors ranging from a red-purple through yellow). I clipped half-inch pieces from the darkest color on each of the paint chip strips and adhered them to the side of the stenciled pattern using Scor-Tape. I then trimmed the background so it would fit a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card, also in white. I stamped a sentiment from the "Perspectives" set (CMS 213) in Archival "Jet Black" and then spritzed the trimmed card with Distress Spray Stain "Tarnished Brass".
I stamped the butterfly from the "Perspectives" set in Archival "Jet Black" on white card and, when dry, dragged it through a puddle of water and three DIstress Inks ("Mermaid Lagoon", "Blueprint Sketch" and "Twisted Citron"). My intent was to creat a strong contrast with the red-orange background. I then fussy cut the butterfly, curled the wings and used more Scor-Tape to attach the body and head to the card front. I restored the antennae of the butterfly with a Pigma Mircron 05 #1 pen in black and then raised the wings up off the card using foam dots.
- Stamps: "Perspectives" (CMS 213)
- Inks: Distress "Abandoned Coral", "Mermaid Lagoon", "Twisted Citron" and "Blueprint Sketch", Distress Spray "Tarnished Brass", Ranger Archival "Jet Black"
- Embellishments: assorted Behr paint chips