ISC April Inspiration Challenge

This month, ISC has an Inspiration Challenge for you! Betsy chose this wonderful picture for the inspiration piece. Don’t you just love the colors and images? Want to win a free sheet of ISC images? To be eligible to win, use the picture as your inspiration and create a card or other project using ISC images only, and link your creation to the ISC Blog by May 9th.


And this is my version. I really picked up on the orange colors, the flower and butterflies. Although it may look like there are layers or cut outs, there’s really only one layer attached to the card, three punched butterflies and one die cut sentiment. I started with a piece of white c/s slightly smaller than my 4.25 x 5.5 (A2) white card. I stamped the medium and small Bush Flowers with black ink, masking when needed. I added just a touch of color by lightly swiping sponges w/ yellow, orange and pink inks haphazardly across the flowers. I colored over all of the petals w/ a VersaMark pen and clear embossed them. A few specks of embossing powder were spread out around the flowers, but I like the splatter look so I left them and even added a few more.

Yellow, orange, pink, ginger and cranberry inks were then sponged over the entire piece and I used more of the darker colors around the flowers to add more contrast. The excess ink was wiped off of the clear embossed flowers. The script from Odd Findings was stamped over the top with ginger ink.  I stamped a butterfly from  Friends are Special using the yellow, orange and cranberry inks on a scrap of white then I used a butterfly punch. The punch didn’t exactly line up w/ the image, but I like it anyway.  I traced around it on a piece of white and cut the inside out, leaving just a white frame of the butterfly. I used this as my base to attach to the card and popped the butterfly up on top. I added two more small punched white butterflies and the sentiment (also from Bush Flowers). I edged the entire piece w/ a black marker and added a piece of cardboard underneath for a little dimension before attaching it to my card.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Your comments are always read and much appreciated!

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stamps: Innovative Stamp Creations
paper: white
ink: Ancient Page coal, Adirondack ginger & cranberry, Stamp It orange & pink
accessories: black Permapaque marker, Martha Stewart monarch butterfly punch, small butterfly punch (All Night Media), Spellbinders mega oval set




8 Responses to ISC April Inspiration Challenge

  1. WowZA!!! This is AMAZING, Julie!! This is drop-dead GAWJUS!! Your coloring of the whole dang thing just stuns me!! Beautiful, friend!! 🙂

  2. OMGosh, Julie, this is out of this world gorgeous!!! The colors are so striking and the way you have layed it all out…stunning!!! This masterpiece is ready for a frame. Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

  3. Gorgeous Julie!! Wow, I’m not an orange fan, but the color here is fantastic!

  4. Avatar Shelly Schmidt
    Shelly Schmidt says:

    Your card is absolutely gorgeous! I commented earlier on SCS- love the coloring you described, and love the depth you achieved with your coloring. WOW!

  5. Thud. I can’t take my eyes off of this one. Love those bright colours, the layered butterfly.

  6. Julie this is just BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Love how you used these colours – we must have been thinking along the same lines – I’ve just made one in these colours too!! 🙂

  7. Beautiful! Oh the orange looks awesome and that butterfly popped out is fabulous.

  8. This is an amazing card, Julie! Such great color and the way you swiped the inks on the flowers is so neat. I don’t own any ISC stamps but I really love these flowers. This woud be beautiful as a wall hanging! I also love the colors you used.