For my card this month I opted for both! I have a whole flutter of butterflies - and little bits of gold scattered around. The sentiment, Use Your Wings, is from the Scribbly Insects stamp set by Dina Wakley.
Here is how I made my background - I used a brick stencil with Crackled Texture Paste - and before it dried, I dumped some Mustard Seed Distress Glitter on it. I left it for a few hours to dry.
After the texture paste dried I sponged the Add a Stencil along the right edge where there wasn't any brick with Ranger Distress Mustard Seed Ink. Then I sponged the whole panel with Ranger Distress Tea Dye Ink. A lot of the glitter rubbed off - but enough stayed on to give a nice sparkle - I think you can see it in this photo below on the bricks.
The big butterfly is from Studio 490 Blossom Bucket. I used the Alterations Butterfly Frenzy die to cut all the little butterflies out of Idea-ology Wallflower Vellum paper. I glued them onto the brick with a line of glue down the center of their bodies, bent the wings up and added a gold half pearl to each butterfly.
I hope you will join us in the August Mixed Media Card Challenge - you have almost the whole month to play - you will find all the challenge details plus lots of inspiration from my talented Team mates over at the Mixed Media Card Challenge blog here.Stamps: Scribbly Insects - Dina Wakley
Paper: White, Rustic Cream, True Black - PTI, Paper Stash Vellum - Idea-ology.
Ink: Archival Jet Black, Ranger Distress Tea Dye and Mustard Seed.
Accessories: Butterfly Frenzy Die - Alterations, Gold Rhinestones - Michaels, Butterfly - Studio 490 Blossom Bucket, Mustard Seed Distress Glitter - Ranger, Wendy Vecchi Crackled Texture Paste, glue dots, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Stencils Basically Bricked and Add a Stencil - Wendy Vecchi.