Butterfly Basics

Continuing my Gran’s 90th birthday celebrations, here is the second of the three cards I created.  I decided to keep the style simple yet sophisticated so opted for a rich razzleberry, old olive and gold colour way.

I started by stamping my fern leaf image in old olive from the gorgeous butterfly basics stamp set.

I stamped the beautiful lacey butterfly on scrap white cardstock in rich razzleberry from the same set.  Then I die cut this out using the butterflies thinlits dies and the gold foil overlay using the bold butterflies framelits dies.  I attached the gold foil overlay with a dimensional and adhered the butterfly flat over the tip of the leaf.

I trimmed a 2″ piece of gold fabulous foil designer acetate and adhered it to the bottom of the card front to create a border and wrapped a piece of gold natural trim ribbon around the top of the acetate.

I stamped the banner from Banners For You and the sentiment from Thoughful Banners, and gold heat embossed both before die cutting it out using the Bunch of Banners framelits dies and attaching it to my card front with dimensionals.

Finally, I die cut the 90 from a gold foil sheet using the Large Numbers framelits dies and adhered these with dimensionals, and embellished with some metallic enamel hearts for a little glamour.

Painter’s Palette meets Butterfly Basics

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.