I can’t get enough butterflies. I was lucky enough to score some limited-release Butterfly Bijou Designer Series paper and used the fabulous Butterfly Brilliance dies to cut out the butterflies. The result is that I have a huge pile of butterflies to add to projects.


FACTOID

Have you ever wondered why these little creatures are called butterflies? Maybe because of the color of their excrement. Goolge said that the Old Dutch had the term “boterschijte”, which literally means “butter $#!t”. When butterflies metamorphose, their first poop upon emerging from the chrysalis, called “meconium”, is brightly coloured, often yellow or orange. Like butter. Hmmm. That definitely makes you think.


Here is the Butterfly Brilliance bundle. It was an early release bundle that will be included in the Stampin’ Up! 2021-2022 Annual catalog which will be available in May. ** If you place an order of $50 or more with me, I will send you a catalog FREE. It is full of color and cheerful stamp sets. **

I wanted to create a layered elegant looking butterfly card. Here are my 2 cards.

butterfly layered with copper thread on a background stamped with gold script
butterfly layered with copper thread on a background stamped with gold script

Let me show you how easy it is to make these cards.

MEASUREMENTS & SUPPLIES

  • PAPER
    • Basic Black cardstock (Card Base): 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
    • Basic White cardstock: 5-1/4″ x 4″
    • Vellum: 5-1/4″ x 4
    • Basic Black cardstock: scrap for sentiment
  • STAMP SETS
    • Good Morning Magnolia (RETIRING Annual Catalog 2020-2021)
    • Pansy Patch (NEW Annual Catalog 2021-2022)
  • INKS & MARKERS
    • Stampin’ Blends: Soft Suede, Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight
    • Basic Gray ink pad
    • White Craft ink pad
  • OTHER SUPPLIES
    • Champagne Shimmer Paint (RETIRING on May 3, 2021 NOW 40% off)
    • 91% rubbing alcohol
    • white embossing powder
    • Multipurpose Liquid Glue or Stampin’ Seal
    • Black Dimensionals
  • TOOLS
    • straw (to direct ink flow) – coffee stirring straws work great
    • Clear Acrylic Block or Stamparatus
    • Heat Tool
    • Paper Trimmer
    • Snips

THE TECHNIQUE

The basics of painting with Stampin’ Blends are

  • Use a small dish filled with 91% rubbing alcohol (similar to water in watercolor).
  • Add a bit of shimmer paint or Wink of Stella to the alcohol dish for a subtle shimmer effect.
  • Work in a small area of the image. Let dry. Then move to the next area. Continue working small non-adjacent areas until you have completed your image.
  • When dry, add another layer of color.
  • Work light to dark to avoid contaminating the Stampin’ Blend.
  • If the color is too concentrated, paint on a little more alcohol.
  • After the image is completely dry, flick some clean rubbing alcohol onto the colored image for extra depth.
  • EXTRA FUN: Add Gold Leafing, use a fine line of liquid glue. Let dry until tacky. Then add leafing and rub off the excess.

CREATING PIECES & PARTS

Stamp the Good Morning Magnolia image onto the vellum panel using Basic Gray ink. The lines will be blurred by the Stampin’ Blends and the alcohol to create a faux watercolor effect.

Color the image starting with the lightest color. Use Dark Daffodil Delight for the center. Dip a fine-tip paintbrush into the rubbing alcohol and gently move the color. I added Champagne Shimmer Paint to my rubbing alcohol.

Next, color non-adjacent petals with Dark Flirty Flamingo. Gently blur the stamped line. Let dry and repeat on other petals. Do the same for the leaves. TIP: Blow into a straw to gently direct the ink flow in the desired direction.

Add a second layer of color after the image is dry. Repeat the process of alcohol painting and gently blowing the ink.

OPTIONAL: Pick up some clean rubbing alcohol with the paintbrush and flick it over the image. This will create small droplets that will lighten some areas by moving the color outward.

Adhere the vellum panel to the Basic White cardstock panel using Stampin’ Seal or a light amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Add to Basic Black card base.

Stamp the sentiment in White Craft ink and heat emboss with with embossing powder. Trim to you liking. Add to card panel with small black Dimensionals.

Customize the message insert and the envelope with some flicks of color from the brush end of the Stampin’ Blends.

  • Paper
    • Card Base – 4*1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
      • Shimmery White
      • Soft Sky or Seaside Spray or Pool Party
    • Copper Foil (or Brass or Gold): 3-3/4″ x 5″
    • Basic White cardstock: 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″
  • Stamp Sets
    • Butterfly Brilliance
    • Very Versailles
    • Dressed to Impress (Mother’s Day sentiment)
    • Posted For You (‘Special Delivery’ sentiment)
  • Dies & Punches
    • Brilliant Wings dies
    • All Dressed Up dies
  • Inks & Markers
    • gold ink
    • ALTERNATIVE: Versamark & gold embossing
  • Other Supplies
    • gold embossing powder
    • silver embossing powder
    • Fine Art ribbon
    • Champagne Rhinestones
    • Gold Glitter Enamel Dots
    • Baker’s twine with metallic thread
      • ALTERNATIVE: Rose Gold or Copper Metallic thread
    • Subtle 3D embossing folder
    • Dimensionals
    • Tear n Tape
    • Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • Tools
    • Snips
    • heat tool
    • Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine
    • Paper Trimmer

  • Use a small dish filled with 91% rubbing alcohol (similar to water in watercolor).
  • Add a bit of shimmer paint or Wink of Stella to the alcohol dish for a subtle shimmer effect.
  • Work in a small area of the image. Let dry. Then move to the next area. Continue working small non-adjacent areas until you have completed your image.
  • When dry, add another layer of color.
  • Work light to dark to avoid contaminating the Stampin’ Blend.
  • If the color is too concentrated, paint on a little more alcohol.
  • After the image is completely dry, flick some clean rubbing alcohol onto the colored image for extra depth.
  • EXTRA FUN: Add Gold Leafing, use a fine line of liquid glue. Let dry until tacky. Then add leafing and rub off the excess.

CREATING PIECES & PARTS

Stamp the Good Morning Magnolia image onto the vellum panel using Basic Gray ink. The lines will be blurred by the Stampin’ Blends and the alcohol to create a faux watercolor effect.

Color the image starting with the lightest color. Use Dark Daffodil Delight for the center. Dip a fine-tip paintbrush into the rubbing alcohol and gently move the color. I added Champagne Shimmer Paint to my rubbing alcohol.

Next, color non-adjacent petals with Dark Flirty Flamingo. Gently blur the stamped line. Let dry and repeat on other petals. Do the same for the leaves. TIP: Blow into a straw to gently direct the ink flow in the desired direction.

Add a second layer of color after the image is dry. Repeat the process of alcohol painting and gently blowing the ink.

OPTIONAL: Pick up some clean rubbing alcohol with the paintbrush and flick it over the image. This will create small droplets that will lighten some areas by moving the color outward.

Adhere the vellum panel to the Basic White cardstock panel using Stampin’ Seal or a light amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Add to Basic Black card base.

Stamp the sentiment in White Craft ink and heat emboss with with embossing powder. Trim to you liking. Add to card panel with small black Dimensionals.

Customize the message insert and the envelope with some flicks of color from the brush end of the Stampin’ Blends.

Let’s get the background done first. Ink the Very Versailles script stamp with gold ink. I used the retired gold Delicata ink. It is the best gold ink on the face of this earth IMHO. Keep in mind that you want to stamp in a triangle and leave some white space. Check out this post to learn more about the Rule of Thirds.

Add a 2″ piece of Tear n Tape to the stamped panel a little below the halfway point (see photo). Cut a 4″ piece of Fine Art ribbon. Cut off the long edge of the ribbon and fray before adding to the Tear n Tape. Ripple the ribbon for soft dimension.

cut edge of ribbon and fray the edges

Strip the metallic thread from the baker’s twine. It is really curly. I cut lengths and loop them. Then attach the loops to the back of the butterfly. Add Dimensionals and adhere to stamped card panel over the ribbon.

strip metallic string from bakers twine
Add Dimensionals to butterfly before adding to the card

The silver embossed ‘Special Delivery’ circle is from the Posted For You stamp set. This card looks just as good without this element. OPTIONAL: A vellum circle would look nice.

Layer with the foil and add to the card base. TIP: Try embossing the colored cardstock with the Subtle 3D embossing folder for a linen look.

Add some Champagne Rhinestones and Gold Glitter Enamel Dots. Personalize a message insert and the envelope for that extra elegance. If you don’t have any butterflies, try this layout/design with a dragonfly.

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