"Happy Spring" is what I am thinking on a gorgeous February New England day. February 25 2017, 2 Comments

"Happy Spring" is so appropriate for me to be thinking when the weather for the past few days has reached almost 70 degrees. I remind you that I'd normally be freezing in late February in my Massachusetts hometown. Instead, I find myself thinking Spring-like thoughts...like the budding of flowers, butterflies in flight and light blue cloudy skies. Hints of green pops through in color, as the fields of grass comes out of its winter mode. 

The start of this card was a scrap paper left over from Sarah at Bella ART in Johnston, RI, while teaching me a technique using Flower Soft. I was intrigued by the fuzzy looking stuff I noticed on some of her completed cards she had in her shop for sale, like the purple fuzz below.  

Isn't this stuff cool? I thought so too. It's applied with a dot of glue and sprinkled on. Once dried it stays in place and keeps its "fuzziness". Sarah let me keep the scrap sample...which of course I repurposed into this card.

Notice how the butterfly is raised off the card and casts a shadow depending on the angle of how you're looking at it, giving it a 3-dimensional look. 

 

Add a small foam tape dot underneath the butterfly's two wings to get this effect or you can also only do this to one wing and get a partial raised look.

To make the blue sky look cloudy, I edged a cut-out of a paper cloud with Tim Holtz "Stormy Sky" Distress Ink randomly on the white cardstock scrap paper. I feathered the ink with a foam dauber to blend it and make it look as realistic as possible, applying more pressure in areas than others. This will make the ink appear darker where you need it and give your sky some color variation.  The "Happy Spring" stamp is from a new Lawn Fawn stamp/die cut set I just bought at Bella ART. (Wow, that store has a ton of great scrapbooking and stamping supplies).

The black Dazzle stickers are stuck on light brown paper and cut to fit on the card where I wanted to place each. I always say that half the fun in making cards is designing them. The other half is giving them away.

The larger lavender flower and the smaller light blue flowers were colored in with watercolor crayons and Tim Holtz Distress Markers.

The perforation between sky and grass adds some detail and texture to the card. 

Adding a matching set of papers and embellishments inside gives the card a completed look and offers the sender an opportunity to write as little or as much as they'd like.

  

So "Happy Spring" to you. Fellow New Englanders, I hope you enjoyed our little spoils of an early reminder that warmer weather is sure to come...just not officially yet. We'll need to wait until March 20th for Spring to arrive...but in the meantime, I'll take the warmer temps for the rest of our official winter season.

Thank you for reading my blog. Enjoy your day.

Written by Jennifer Quilty for Tamm's Marketplace on 2/25/17.