Hi again, stampin’ friends, and welcome to my stop on this month’s Best of tour. This month is one of my favorite things… butterflies!
And I love that these Best Of sets include a never before seen image. And I especially love it when the never before seen image matches one of our punches like this one does. Have I mentioned I am a lazy stamper?
I used the Pleasant Poppies background stamp and one of the phrases from one of the brand new stamps coming in the 2013-2014 Stampin’ Up! catalog.
OMG, I love being a SU demo and getting the cool stuff first! But I digress. Back to the card.
So, since I wanted the butterfly to be the colorful focal point, I chose not to color in the poppies or the stems this time.
I stamped the monarch butterfly twice with Staz-On black ink, and colored in with Daffofil Delight, Tangerine Tango, and Real Red markers.
Then used one of my other fave products, Crystal Effects to cover the images and give them dimension and shine. I cut them out after they were dry. You may be saying to yourself, why did you stamp 2 of those butterflies… and you CUT them OUT??? Yes, for these, I did cut them out because they are special.
But how can I leave my darling butterfly with the matching punch shape out? I can’t, so on to a cool card middle to do the little butterflies justice!
I used the wonderful new stampin’ trimmer to score the cardstock at the 4 1/4, 4 3/4, 5 1/4, 5 3/4 and 6 1/4″ marks. Fold the accordian fold up and press all together.
Trim the extra off the side, in mine that was almost 1/2 inch but not quite. Easier to do that with the card folded so you can make sure it is even.
Then I got some of the window sheet, and snipped a few strips in it. Seemed like have some space between them would work best, so I cut every other one off and put his piece of window sheet into the middle valley fold on the background piece and secured with redliner.
Turn the background piece over and use redliner to press all the fold flat. Bend the window sheet pieces so they all are at different angles in the fold, they should stand out.
Then I took some of the vibrant Gumball Green and my snips and just randomly snipped some grass and attached to the insides of the card.
I used the little butterfly stamp with the matching punch and cut 2 each of 3 colors, then punched them out. Attached together with a strip of the window sheet in between.
I hope you like this and let me know if you make something cool(er) with this technique.
This card, the sayings and the special butterflies are dedicated to my TaDa team member and friend, Della. She was first tempted into trying stamping because of a butterfly card Janet, another friend and TaDa team member, had given her when this punch was new. So she asked to come meet me and try a stamping class, and signed up to be a TaDa herself soon after. What a treasure she has been to me and all the recipients of her cards in this last year.
Della is recovering from a heart attack tonight, but this card is heading for her. And I am reminded how precious all my stamping friends are. Love you all!
Now on to the blog of Sherri Eddleblute at http://www.sweetestdesigns.