Yesterday I played with the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set again and used my favourite colour combo, i.e. red, black and white. Normally when I use red, I go for Real Red but yesterday I chose Poppy Parade for a change. This was plan B – plan A was going to be all black and white. I think a card where everything is black and white, including the butterflies, could look nice. I decided not to go for it in case I decided I didn’t like the card and had to start all over again!
I chose one of the black and white designs from the True Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) and cut a top layer. Next I took a middle layer in Whisper White Cardstock (CS) and one in Poppy Parade CS and then I picked out a Basic Black CS card base and a Poppy Parade CS card base. It certainly saves time having boxes of assorted top layers, middle layers and card bases. I already had a little collection of die-cut butterflies I had stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Using Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends I coloured one of the medium sized butterflies and I chose three of the smaller butterflies. Now I was ready to start making decisions which way I was going to go with my card and the Poppy Parade butterfly was my starting point!I started putting by card together by adhering the top DSP layer to a middle layer of Whisper White CS and then onto a Poppy Parade CS card I base. To decorate the inside of my card, I adhered a Whisper White middle layer to the card base first and then I adhered a top layer of the same black and white DSP as before. Next I added an extra layer of Whisper White CS which was a quarter of an inch smaller on the width and length of a top layer. This helped to tie the front and inside of the card together and have a place for writing a greeting.
Whichever way I arranged the butterflies, I couldn’t get an arrangement that I was happy with so I decided to sort out a sentiment. I chose HAPPY BIRTHDAY from the Fancy Phrases Stamp Set and stamped it using Memento Ink. To die cut the sentiment I chose the no 2 rectangle die from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. I chose this because it’s one of the few dies that doesn’t need a layer to make it look finished off because the fancy edge does that beautifully!
I had another go at trying to arrange three small and one medium butterfly plus the sentiment. It still didn’t work but having the sentiment in the picture, two small butterflies looked enough! Once I had the positioning just right, I remembered that Stampin’ Blends bleed through cardstock and I don’t think it looks nice if it is visible to the recipient. To solve this problem with the Poppy Parade butterfly I used the largest die in the Butterfly Wings Dies, and half a sheet of Whisper White Cardstock and die-cut one plain white butterfly of all six that have matching stamps!
Once I had identified which plain butterfly matched my Poppy Parade butterfly, I adhered the two together! Using Tombow I adhered all three butterflies in position by gluing just their bodies on the card front. Did you know you can put a Dimensional under each wing to make sure it doesn’t go flat when going through the post. I haven’t done it but if I were, I’d use half of a regular Dimensional on each of these three butterflies. This way, the chances of them being seen is pretty slim – unless someone peeped underneath! To finish off the front of the card I added some Matte Black Dots to the butterflies bodies and I also added three red hearts from the Resin Hearts to the sentiment. Both products are available in the Spring/Summer Catalogue.
To finish off my card I adhered the third unused butterfly in the bottom right-hand corner inside the card and painted it with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. On the front of the card I painted all three butterflies with Wink of Stella. One day I may try a black and white card with unpainted butterflies! Watch this space!! That’s about it from me today! I look forward to being back with you tomorrow and in the meantime, please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
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Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”