Sunday, July 24, 2011

Moxie Fab World Challenge - Fanatical About Botanical

Time for another Moxie Fab Challenge - Fanatical About Botanical!  Most botanical prints are really fabulously overblown with gobs of frilly details and I imagine most cards inspired by this subject will be too, so I opted to challenge myself to make a CAS botanical card.  When I go to natural history museums I am invariably drawn to the big displays of bugs in glass cases - so many varieties of insects, their sizes, colors and iridescence are always fascinating to me so I decided to make that the focus of my card.
First stop was a trip to see The Graphics Fairy - if you haven't been in her domain yet be prepared to spend some time looking through the thousands of vintage images she has uploaded - amazing and free!!  I downloaded several promising bugs and used PSE7 to arrange them into an aesthetically pleasing grid which was then printed onto vellum.  After the vellum dried I layered it onto a slightly larger piece of ivory cardstock stamped with the retired Cornish Heritage Farms (Art Nouveau Backgrounder) inked in a muse|studio Wheat pigment ink.
Look closely and you can see the difference that bit of stamping did in adding some elegance to my bugs' habitat! Added a punny sentiment that was part stamped (a muse|studio Essential Sentiments) and part stickers (Cosmo Cricket and Basic Grey) and attached it to the cardfront with staples which remind me of the little pins they use to hold the insects in place in these displays.  Pretty cool - and no insects were harmed in the making of this card!!


milkcan said...

Love it! The bugs are super awesome!

Cath said...

Hey Michelle! Thanks for linking this up to the Fanatical About Botanical challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

veronica said...

love that you printed them on vellum!