This was one of those cards that simply refused to come together. I struggled with it over a three day period . . .
The solution was what is usually is when I just can't make it work: change the color scheme! I started with a card front that had a completely orchid background as I am usually happy with a monochromatic look. The brocade strip along the fold was even stamped on the same orchid color. But the whole effect was just lurid. So I added the white panel, re-stamped the brocade border on white, and things improved immediately.
It'll never be my favorite card, but at least I can send it to someone I love without wanting to hurl . . .
Cardstock: American Crafts Brights, Bazzill Black, Generic scraps Black
Stamps: Renaissance Brocade Border, Too Much Fun Thinking of you
Inks: Hero Black, VersaMark, ColorBox Black, Wink of Stella Black
Emb Powder: Judikins Detail Black
Dies: Spellbinders Wonderful Wings, Memory Box Darla (butterfly
body), Simon Says Wavy Scallop Stitches, Impression
Obsession Plane with Banner, We-Buys Cute
Chrysanthemum Set (bugs)
Doo Dads: Studio Gesso Black, Metalix Glitter Moondust,
1/8” ribbon Black