I had been wanting to a create a card using the new Painter’s Palette stamp set for a while, but my creative mojo had disappeared (temporarily of course 😉). Then inspiration came to me from a retired SU background stamp I came across on my shelf called ‘Dictionary’. Though it has been retired from the catalogue for a few years, I am still totally in love with it and adore that ‘newspaper look’ style of background.
So I decided to take the lovely word stamp from Butterfly Basics which actually reads ‘There is nothing in the Caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly’ and stamp it repeatedly over the background of my card front. I inked up my stamp in memento black ink, and then stamped it down and stamped it ‘off’ again straight away. I kept going until I filled the entire background. Next I took the beautiful long fern image from the same stamp set and stamped it off in mint macaron, wisteria wonder and sweet surgarplum. I love the way these pretty colours soften the black and white background.
The easel image comes from Painter’s Palette of course, and I inked my stamp in versamark, and then immediately inked the same stamp in memento black ink before heat embossing my image with clear embossing powder to achieve an intense black colour.
I die cut my frame using the Layering Squares Framelits Dies and then used a craft knife to cut the centre of the frame away. I then took a small piece of window sheet and fast fused this to the back of my easel to create a type of ‘window’ and the look of a framed picture. I stamped my butterflies from Papillon Potpourri before punching them out with the Elegant Butterfly Punch & the Bitty Butterfly Punch, and sponged them in the same colours as the ferns. I then adhered my largest butterfly to the inside of the easel with a glue dot before sticking a piece of backing cardstock to the back of the easel, making it completely 3D.
I attached the 3D easel to my card front with fast fuse and the remaining two butterflies with glue dots, and finished with my sentiment which I stamped from Endless Birthday Wishes before punching it out using the Triple Banner Punch. I adhered my card front to a basic black mat to make it pop and finally to a whisper white card base.