Making as many cards as I do, I tend to get into a routine of using the same types of materials and techniques. There are a lot of digital images that I color and then mount onto cardstock to apply to card fronts, lots of edges cut with shaped scissors or shaped blades, etc.
Sometimes I just can't come up with ANYTHING different to do. That's when I log on and start looking around at different blogs and websites for some inspiration.
This has to be one of the prettiest cards I've done in a long time. It was inspired by one I saw at Splitcoast Stampers.
The stamps I used are from a SU set called God's Beauty. I stamped the butterfly using Versamark ink onto black cardstock and used black embossing powder on it. There are some faceted shapes on each corner.
It looks sort of elegant in person with the embossed shapes on it. This is a technique I'll use to emboss on other colors of background paper using embossing powder to match the paper.
The inside of the card is blank. Maybe it's the colors I used but to me, it looks like a sympathy card in the photos. In person, where you can truly see the glossy butterflies it could be used for just about any occasion.
Anyway, it's unique and I think the soldiers will be proud to send it to someone back home.
OMG! Thanks to Tr1221, who graciously photoshopped my picture! I don't know beans about using a photo editing program but whatever she did makes the glossiness really show up on the card. Here's her enhanced photo......