Today’s card is my first play with the Floating & Fluttering Stamp Set plus the matching dies called Fluttering. One of the stamps consists of three butterflies and three branches and there are two dies in the set that die-cut the stamped image this stamp creates. I had a very good look at the dies and they appear to be identical so I’m not sure why there are two in the set. Before I started thinking about a design for my card I stamped four identical images and die-cut them all to see if there was a difference but I couldn’t see anything!
By the time I had finished the stamping and die-cutting I decided to colour the images. One of the images out of the four wasn’t particularly good because I moved the cardstock as it was in my Stamparatus! I knew I wouldn’t use these images on a card so I used them as test butterflies to see how they painted but first I needed a direction to aim in! I chose the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the design I picked out to use included Pretty Peacock and Old Olive.
I collected together several pairs of green Stampin’ Blends and painted the butterflies in two different green-tone colours and the branches in two tone Old Olive. The two tone I used for the leaves was Light Old Olive but on the second side of the leaf I went over the Light Old Olive several times to achieve a darker shade but not as dark as the Dark Old Olive Blend. The effect on the leaves isn’t as prominent as it is with the Light Pretty Peacock on the butterfly.
It maybe that I did the leaves first and when I did the butterfly I had worked out it’s better to do the darker shade using the Light Blend and go over it several times. Then when doing the light shade, just go over the area once, and it creates a big difference in the colours! After I had die cut the image all the butterflies and branches were joined together and it was very easy snipping them apart to create individual images. I decided to fussy cut all the edges off mine although I gave up on one image because it became far too flexible to be of any use!
I adhered my top layer of DSP onto a middle layer of Whisper White Cardstock (CS) and then onto a Pretty Peacock CS card base. The Whisper White CS die-cut Stitched Rectangle was ready made in my box and all I needed to do was to set it up in my Stamparatus. I used the GET WELL SOON sentiment from the soon-to-be retired stamp set called Healing Hugs and stamped it in Pretty Peacock Ink. I adhered the sentiment to the centre of my card using Dimensionals and then adhered the butterfly in the top left-hand corner of the sentiment panel by putting Tombow on the body. I put two pieces of Dimensionals under the wings to keep them raised off the label.
I arranged three sets of leaves under the sentiment and painted them, together with the butterfly using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. Inside the card I adhered a middle layer of Whisper White CS and a top layer of Pear Pizzazz CS. To decorate the top layer I adhered the other two butterflies from the original image, one in the top right-hand corner and one in the bottom left-hand corner. These butterflies were painted the same way as the one of the front of the card including the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.
I forgot to mention I adhered one of the ladybird trinkets in the centre of the leaves! She’s so dark she’s easy to miss. I would have loved her to have been made with a red wings! That’s 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”