Always Be You (Distress Oxides + Butterfly Dies)

Cathy ZielskeCards, Tutorials21 Comments

Ever make something and sit back and say, “OH, for cuuuuuuuuuute!”?

I don’t feel I’m being overly cocky when I tell you this happens to me a lot. It’s been happening for years as a scrapbooker and now it continues as I’ve added cards into the creative mix. As a graphic designer by trade, I should be making visually pleasing things, or I’m in the wrong business, people.

The card I’m sharing today just makes me happy. The white cardstock. The bright pinks, oranges and yellows and the splash of warm, gold embossing powder is a perfect blend for a clean and simple card that actually features quite a few techniques, but none of them too difficult to tackle. Plus, it features a brand new stamp set from me, Yes, You Can.

I’m starting to find my legs in card design. It’s really just like any other canvas and the rules of design help to create something that is pleasing to the eye. I still love my white space, as always, but a card like this just gets me even more geeked about card making.

I love the idea of popping up a panel and having a burst of color in the background that matches the main embellishment. This is really easy to do and yes, you guessed, I have a tutorial to share.

Just a note: I am working to figure out the best app for filming. I use my iPhone because that’s all I have right now for video. I thought I had figured out how to lock the exposure, but clearly, I missed it in a few of the clips. I have a nice DSLR but it’s just too heavy to mount and film with. Trust me, I’ve tried. I’m working on putting together a post to share about the things I’ve found helpful for filming videos from a beginner’s perspective! Hoping to have that ready by next week to share with anyone who thinks, “Well I make cute cards! I should film the process and share it with the world!”

Here is the video tutorial. Enjoy!

One quick note: there are coordinating dies coming for the Yes, You Can stamp set. They just aren’t back from our die maker yet! Stay tuned!

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Cathy ZielskeAlways Be You (Distress Oxides + Butterfly Dies)

21 Comments on “Always Be You (Distress Oxides + Butterfly Dies)”

  1. #1
    Dana M

    Daaaannng… this is cute! 🙂 Fantastic card! Love the colors, images and CAS design, truly is cute!

  2. #2
    Kelli Nash

    Oh, for cuuuttte! Cathy, love it!

    How did I do with the Minnesota saying, in my Deep South Texas accent? Lol!

    Your tip may have some die from the push pin that stays in the tip to keep it clear. It happened to me as well and once in a video Jennifer McGuire recommended white tipped corsage pins to fix the issue.

    Now I feel like I need to go buy these Dies and stamps bc they are awesome!!

    1. #2.1
      Cathy Zielske

      Great tip! Get it? Tip? Yes, going to get some of those white pins pronto! I’m wasting too much of the Glossy Accents!

  3. #5
    Kelly B.

    This is beautiful. I love it with all the white space! Your cards have made me love this color combination. I normally go for the cool end of the rainbow, g-biv, but have started trying out this combo on my cards.

  4. #6
    Melanie Cowart

    Love the card. I don’t have those exact dies and stamps, but I’m going to try it with what I have. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. #9

    Just left a msg for you over on YouTube. I was almost convinced to buy a die cutting machine & get started with these dies/stamps after seeing the video because this is your best card yet. I absolutely love it! Ha—I then figured out what it would cost me. Since I’d be starting from scratch, just the machine, the dies & the stamp would run about $164—& that’s not counting all the inks, embossing powders, etc. I do have a few powders & inks, but not those you used or all those nifty little tools. Guess I’ll just have to drool a while longer. I have to say, Cathy, your videos are getting better & better. You’ve always been an excellent teacher.

    1. #9.1
      Cathy Zielske

      Ain’t gonna lie, Kay… last year, when I got into card making, there were some things that card companies GENEROUSLY sent to me… one of them was a Big Shot machine from Stampin’ Up and this year I received a Spellbinders Platinum 6 machine. That is a BIG investment for sure. But I ended up buying a Big Shot to give to a friend of mine (a trade for her photographic services) and I feel that when you have a die machine, over time you will get your money’s worth.

      Even with all the wonderful generous things companies gave me in 2017, you would not believe how much I spent on supplies. Of course, this is a new avenue of my business and so there are things I have to do if I want to stay in the crafty realm as a small business and I get to deduct much of what I buy to that end.

      But man, once you have the tools… it’s really great to just create. 🙂

  6. #11
    Sue Alger

    This card is really neat and can be used with a variety of sentiments. Love all the techniques you shared. I’ve always loved your scrapbooking tips, classes and videos, and you have not disappointed with your card making.

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