The card base is 4.25 x 4.25, and the inside panel is 2.5 x 2.5. I stamped the architectural elements in Whisper ink, then sponged over top in three coordinating colors. I started top right with the Crystal Blue, added Juniper through the middle, then Pacifica on the bottom left.
I didn't change my sponge dauber or clean it in between. I think that helps with the blend. I really wanted that bottom left corner saturated with the Pacifica to disguise the bareness. Once I had the depth of color there, I moved back up adding more Juniper and Crystal Blue (again without cleaning my sponge dauber) until it was nice and deep.
Knowing I wanted to cut the butterfly out to mount over top, I stamped the head and antennae in black because I didn't want to have the border necessary if I fussy cut them. I placed the antennae on a spot where the body would cover that muddy place where the two background stamps overlapped. By the time I got the saturation of colors, the Whisper ink was almost indistinguishable and I could have put the butterfly anywhere.
Before I finished with the panels, I dropped water over top. Even though the CTMH inks aren't distress inks, they reacted with the water just fine for the effect I wanted.
The butterfly was stamped in black and colored with Copic markers (BG10, BG72, & B26). After I trimmed it out, I went around the edge with BG72 to avoid any white showing through. That extra effort is really important when you put it up against a dark background.
The sentiment is from a stamp set called Big Hug. The full sentient says, "cry. laugh. remember." I stamped the first two words on the front and the last one on the inside.
I love how this turned out so much that I plan to make about five or six more to have on hand. Nothing can replace the loss of a loved one, but I hope these cards let my friends know they aren't grieving alone.
Until next time,