Clean and Simple Dragonfly Dreams

by Joanne James30. January 2017 07:00

Today I'm sharing a card that uses the sketch over at CAS(E) This Sketch and the clean and simple challenge over at CASology:


I'm a big fan of the sketches over at CAS(E) This Sketch and had quite a few interpretations on this one and for today chose to combine with the codeword over at CASology: Glisten. I love how a single word can really make you think creatively and sometimes takes your cardmaking into unexpected directions - here's my card:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

All That Glistens - When I consider the word 'glistens', I think of shining light, usually on water or frost, or maybe something transparent or translucent. I decided this sketch would be perfect to showcase a lone dragonfly, with sparkly, translucent wings. I stamped my dragonfly in Versamark onto vellum and heat embossed it in gold, then coated the wings with a liberal dose of clear Wink of Stella. I used Shimmer White cardstock which also has a subtle lustre and added some clear accents to act as raindrops and tie in with the theme. It is so difficult to capture the shimmer in a photograph - here's a close up:


Here's a further close-up of the dragonfly's wings, where you can just about see the sparkle from the clear Wink of Stella - it really looks so beautiful in real life:

A Dragonfly Dream - The single dragonfly is from the Dragonfly Dreams set in the Spring-Summer catalogue and was easily cut out using the co-ordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies. This is one of a number of bundles in the seasonal catalogue - if you buy both items you will save 10%. A great baargain - add a little something to it and you can benefit from a free Sale-A-Bration item too (with an order of £45 or more).

A Trick Of The Light - I added a panel of Serene Scenery designer series paper to the base of my card, to add a little colour and tie in with the theme with this 'bokeh' effect, which is often the resulting effect when light is photographed as it glistens on water or rain. Patterned paper can still feature in a 'clean and simple' design; the trick is to use sparingly; a good rule of thumb is to restrict its use to no more than one third of the overall card design.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (8) -

Kathy James
Kathy JamesUnited Kingdom
1/30/2017 8:39:50 AM #

Elegant! Beautiful! Love this card!

Leigh Penner
Leigh PennerCanada
1/30/2017 11:54:16 AM #

What a beautiful take on the sketch! I love the bokeh paper along the bottom!

Janet Ribet
Janet RibetMadagascar
1/30/2017 6:41:33 PM #

Love the how the bokeh paper complements the dragonfly. A CAS beauty! So happy you could play in the CASology challenge this week.

1/30/2017 8:21:39 PM #

Gorgeous card. Love the bokeh background.

DeidreUnited States
1/31/2017 4:27:04 AM #

Metallics and sparkly wink of stella definitely gives your dragonfly a glistening effect! Definitely a great idea to use bokeh paper too! Thanks for joining us at CASology this week Smile

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
1/31/2017 1:03:50 PM #

This is gorgeous!  I predict a winner!  Your dragonfly is stunning with that DSP!!!  You have such a good eye for matching colors, images and papers!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/31/2017 3:30:16 PM #

Thank you my friend - such a lovely compliment! Along with my Honourable Mention over at CASology today you have definitely made my day! I love it when a CAS card truly comes together Wink

sandymUnited States
2/2/2017 12:48:33 PM #

Great CAS card, Joanne! Love the paper and dragonfly together, a perfect pairing.

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