This year I have chosen this beautiful music gift wrap from one of my gifts to use as a background. I unwrapped the gift knowing that I wanted to reuse the paper so I was able to salvage almost the whole piece. I trimmed as many 4" x 5.25" pieces as I could from the whole and then cut the leftovers into pieces that would be usable.
For this card I started with a full piece and inked it with two different inks - reddish brown and a dark red. The paper is glossy so it takes a while for the ink to dry so I used my heat gun and then just wiped the surface to make sure it was all dry. I like the effect - it softly spreads the colour and unifies the colour with the printing. I cut a large flourish out of the middle and glued the background to the front of a dark red card. I found the two butterfly punchies in my stash and glued on some gold cording to simulate bodies and antennae. I sponged my oval punchie greeting (Papercraft Magazine) with ink to coordinate with the other elements and layered it onto a dark red scalloped oval (SU). I applied these three elements to the card front with 3D foam tape. I will be posting the other cards in the next few days.