So, I used the fantastic "old" Artfully Sent cartridge to cut out this birdcage card. I used the new Artistry cartridge to cut the flowers (using one of our great new colors, Poppy). The leaves and vines were leftovers from previous projects and to be honest.. I have no idea what cartridges they are from any more. I used blue for the background of the card because I wanted to give the feel of blue skies and an empty cage. (Although the escapee did leave behind a couple feathers!) I embossed the blue with the new Confetti Dots Embossing Folder. The butterflies are old Just Blooms butterflies that I splashed some new watercolor paint on and added just the colors I wanted. This was a challenge.. to decide what color with everything else I had going on, so I have lots of practice butterflies that are just as pretty that I'll use later because the colors just weren't right... or the size... in the end, maybe I was just tired because I was finishing up at the last minute and I chose the purplish ones. This made me fall back on my purple glitter gems to spread that color around on the card a little bit more. The gold gems are not new, but they are in the new book. I created the sentiment from some of the Zoe complements. A large quantity of liquid glass and finally I was finished.
I chose the birdcage because I had seen a card posted on one of the groups I am in that had a lot of gold and what I thought was a green patina, but it turns out it was just a reflection. It was so pretty I started thinking about giving my gold some patina. I didn't get exactly the look I wanted-I suppose it looks a little weathered, but I think with a little more work and the right products I'll get the look I want. For this one, I started with lagoon paper to cut out the cage, then embossed the entire thing in gold, but tried to leave areas where the lagoon showed through. Then I had some aqua embossing powder, but really it was too light so then I rubbed some lagoon ink over it and over the areas where the paper showed through. IDK... like I said... not exactly what I envisioned but maybe a little time on Pinterest and I'll try again.