Monday, July 11, 2016

Fireflies and Bucket Lists for Freshly Made Sketches

I'm still enamored with the Jar of Love stamp set and I have so many more ideas for using it! My card today is meant to illustrate one of my bucket list items: catching fireflies in a Mason jar. My childhood was really deprived - I have never even seen a firefly, let alone been able to catch one. I really must travel somewhere where I can find them. Help me out with this, everyone! I would prefer it was closer to British Columbia, Canada, where I live, but I may have to travel further!

In the meantime, I worked on making this card as glittery and magical as I imagine it would be to see and chase fireflies. I loosely used a layout from Freshly Made Sketches, but I had to turn it on its side to fit the jar and therefore, also had to change the location of the sentiment. Here is the challenge sketch:

Take a close look at all the sparkle on this card:

  • I chose the purple/silver palette to represent twilight and glittering stars and fireflies. I used Silver Stampin' Emboss powder on Wisteria Wonder cardstock and got the effect I was looking for.
  • I originally stamped the jar in Pool Party with the lid and handle in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, but after deciding to go with the purple/silver colours, stamped it in Wisteria Wonder and embossed the lid and handle in silver. I  liked it much better.
  • The embossed leaves and splatter are from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set. Both this set and the Jar of Love stamp set is hugely versatile and I would highly recommend either of them. You should probably get both! Wink,wink, nudge, nudge!
  • I die cut the oval windows in the back panels using the largest Layering Ovals Framelit for the Wisteria Wonder panel and the next smallest one for the Whisper White panel. I die cut the Wisteria Wonder one first, then centered the panel on the Whisper White and fit the next smallest framelit evenly inside the oval cut in the Wisteria Wonder, then ran it through the Big Shot to get that framed opening.
  • The sentiment is from Jar of Love stamp set, but I set it in the banner outline embossed in gold, from Thoughtful Banners - another very versatile stamp set, then used the Duet Banner Punch to punch it out. The great thing about photopolymer sentiments is that you can bend them to fit in a curved space. I stamped and punched the banner first, placed my clear block over it and then arranged my sentiment stamp on the block to fit inside with the right curve to it.
So other names for fireflies are lightning bugs and glow worms. I came across this little poem the other day that I think would make a great inside verse for this card:

Have a great Monday!

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  1. Oh I love your Firefly card Heather and the poem is wonderful. I've never seen a Firefly either. I would love to but they are normally not found in the UK. However, apparently they can be found in southern BC at a place called Herman Lake. You may or may not know where this is but if you ever get there and it's the right time of year you must put some photos on your blog. I'm new to your blog but very much liking what I've seen. Thank you for sharing. Take care.

  2. Thanks for the tip, Linda! I don't know of Herman Lake, but I will look it up! And if I do find them, I will definitely post pictures!


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