Around the world the butterfly is seen as a symbol of life, hope, endurance, and change. This week will be ‘butterfly’ week. And today is Butterflies & Blooms. I paired a little butterfly with the images from the Bloom & Grow bundle.

This world is your best teacher. There is a lesson in everything. There is a lesson in each experience. Learn it and become wise. Every failure is a stepping stone to success. Every difficulty or disappointment is a trial of your faith. Every unpleasant incident or temptation is a test of your inner strength. Therefore nil desperandum. March forward hero! — Swami Sivananda

So after that philosophical moment, here is my card.

MEASUREMENTS

  • Thick Whisper White cardstock:
    • 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
    • 4″ x 4-1/2″ card panel to be cut diagonally
    • 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″ for stamping all the images
  • Basic Black cardstock: scrap for a small sentiment
  • Cut the 4″ x 4-1/2″ panel diagonally. Line up 2 opposite corners on your Stampin’ Trimmer with the top left corner at 1-1/2″ and the lower right corner at 1″ (as shown)
  • Stamp the images from the Bloom & Grow stamp set using the Stamparatus and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. TIP: If you stamp and die-cut 2 sets then you will have plenty of options for customizing your inside message panel and the envelope.
  • Trim the sentiment close (about a 1/2″ strip).
  • Die-cut the remaining stamped images. TIP: Cut the images apart and you can die-cut everything at once.
  • Stamp and punch the small butterfly using the Butterfly Gala stamp set and Duet Butterfly punch.
  • Use Wink of Stella to pull the color from the stamped lines onto the inside wing.
  • Stamp the ‘many thanks’ from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set with White Craft ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder. Trim.

ASSEMBLY

  • Adhere the top and bottom angle-cut card panel pieces to the card base as shown.
  • Line up the sentiment strip in the 3/4″ opening and make 2 light pencil tickmarks on the top and bottom of each side. Trim at the angle indicated by your tickmarks.
  • Adhere large flower cluster along top diagonal. TIP: Use liquid glue for a little wiggle time!
  • Use Dimensionals behind the sentiment strip. TIP: Use black mini-Dimensionals behind black cardstock.
  • Tuck extra leaves and berry die-cuts under the sentiment.
  • Add butterfly using rolled up glue dot.

I like the look of a line drawing with a pop of color. It feels so clean and modern. I hope you enjoyed this card and if you do not currently have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to become your Creative Coach. 



 

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