Sometimes you start out with an idea, and then as you are working the art just takes a turn on you. That happened to me tonight, though I hope you are as pleased with the result as I was.
I wanted to make a card for the MUSE card challenge. I tried a few card bases, embossing and masking to no avail. Then I had the bright idea to paint my ink directly onto this quatrefoil embossing folder. I was using watered down Lagoon ink, and it just kept beading up on the folder. So I decided to go with it and embossed the inked folder anyways. I kind of liked the scattered lagoon droplets look, so I watered my ink down even more and washed some light lagoon color over the dotted embossed surface.
I embossed an Artiste Butterfly diecut with gold embossing powder. Then I dipped the edges of the wings back into Versamark ink and embossed them again with some Zing! Gold Glitter finish embossing powder. Finally I colored a Heidi Swapp watercolor words piece I just picked up last weekend with a Wink of Stella in Glitter Black brush pen. I dabbed on some gold stickles and topped my butterfly with a couple Bitty Sparkles to finish up my card.
This wasn't where I meant to go when I set out this evening...but sometimes you end up just where you need to be. Au revoir, Stampin' Friends!