I went in search of mojo and found this great MoJo Monday sketch. I didn't follow it to the letter. Operation Write Home cards tend to be a big on the simpler side. But I think this has just enough to make it fabulous and not too much to be busy.
What I liked about this image was the large circle as a focal point. That seemed a great way to showcase some of the beautiful Echo Park papers I have been hoarding. So I first selected the butterfly print as my focal.
I started with a kraft colored card base and a front in Rich Razzleberry. That color was just a bit too bright for the EP paper line so I inked the edges with Tim Holtz Tea Dye. And stamped my favorite large script, also in tea dye. That brought the base down to a softer feel.
I just love making my own background papers with Perfect Pearls or embossing or stamped images and decided to do that with the side panel here. I started with a piece of yellow faux parchment. Next, I cut out butterflies from the coordinating EP paper with a Martha Stewart punch and glued them down. Then I ran that concotion through an embossing folder. The finished look is as if the butterflies are part of the paper. Really sharp.
The butterfly paper I selected as the focal point was cut with a SU 2.5inch punch. I layered that on a pointy nestabilities die and one final time on the slightly larger brown. I didn't like it just on the pink or just on the brown and this combination seemed to give the best effect.
While I like the circle and pennant on the original sketch, all my attempts just felt like to much on an OWH card. Though I could see using it for a fellow cardmaker. I needed to tame it down, keep it flat enough for the USPS and stay with my kind of mellow color pallet. So I punched holes and threaded the bow through. I really like that. Originally, I had thought about adding another butterfly, but when I did it was just too cutsey. (Heaven forbid!) Which meant the ribbon on the bottom would be two fibers, which I rarely ever do. But the punched sentiment gave it that horizontal fee. In hindsight, maybe I should have layered on the circle and the side panel.
This kraft card base needed a white liner on which I added a little bit of the DP and stamped butterfly.
So - my Monday Mojo toned down made 4 (not so quick cards) for OWH.