Hi everyone! I’m Karen and I’m so happy to share my first blog post as a guest designer for The Little Paper Tree. I have created a card using the beautiful butterflies from the Sunshine and Bee Designs “Fluttering By” stamp set.
Preparing The Butterflies
I stamped each of the butterfly designs once onto white heavy-weight cardstock using Momento Tuxedo Black alcohol-friendly ink and used my Winsor and Newton Promarkers to add some colour. The colours I used were Cerise, Mulberry, Maroon and Plum. Using Versamark, I also stamped 2 of the butterfly designs onto vellum and heat embossed with Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder. On the opposite side of the vellum from the embossing powder, I add colour using Distress Ink cubes in the colours Seedless Preserves and Picked Raspberry. I aimed the darker Seedless Preserves to the middle and the Picked Raspberry to the edges of the wings, then rubbed the excess ink away with a dry cloth. Once they were dry, I fussy cut out each stamped image.
I used the large plaid stamp from Concord and 9th’s Plaid Background Stamp Set to create the background panel for the card. Inked up the bottom left diagonal half of the background stamp in Versamark ink and stamped onto a white cardstock panel. I added Brutus Monroe Pearl embossing powder, brushed away any powder where I didn’t want it then melted until smooth and shiny. Then I trimmed down the top and bottom of the background panel and added a matching coloured panel behind it by colouring white cardstock with my Plum Promarker. If you don’t have the right colour cardstock in your stash, you can always make your own!
I stamped the “fluttering by to say” sentiment in 2 parts on the background panel using Lawn Fawn’s ink in Juice Box and Sugar Plum. Using my stamping tool, I inked up the top half of each sentiment section in Juice Box, then using a dry cloth, dabbed away a bit of the ink at the centre and stamped down. Then inked up the bottom of the sentiment using the Sugar Plum ink, dabbed the cloth in the middle again, then stamped down. Using the dry cloth helps create a blend between the two colours as they overlap.
Assembling the Card
I mounted the heat embossed background to the homemade coloured panel and attached it to a card base. I laid the butterflies in a small cluster in the bottom left corner and used wet glue to stick down the bodies of vellum ones, allowing for their wings to have a little movement. Next, I bent the wings of the coloured butterflies up slightly and using small squares of 3M foam tape, I created a bit of dimension.
To finish, I added a handful of Nuvo Crystal Drops in the colour Ivory Seashell as it was a perfect match with the Pearl embossing powder! I used a white Gelly Roll pen to add small details on the 3 main images, and then used Glossy Accents on the bodies and Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen on the wings of the butterflies.
I really hope you like this card and that I have given you some inspiration on how to use this fabulous Sunshine and Bee Designs “Fluttering By” stamp set. You can see more of my creations on Instagram
Find These Items
Fluttering By Stamp set by Sunshine and Bee Designs
Tuxedo Black ink by Momento
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad & Refill by Tsukineko –
Distress Inks in the colours Seedless Preserved and Picked Raspberry by Tim Holtz/Ranger
80lb White Card by Neenah
110lb White Card by Neenah
Alabaster White Embossing powder by Brutus Monroe
Pearl Embossing powder by Brutus Monroe
Ivory Seashell Crystal Drops by Nuvo
Foam tape by 3M
Mono Multi Liquid glue by Tombow
Acrylic Stamping Blocks by Catherine Pooler Designs
Precision Press Stamping Tool by WRMK
Plaid Background Stamp Set by Concord and 9th
Promarkers in the colours Cerise, Mulberry, Maroon and Plum by Winsor and Newton
Clear Sparkle brush pe
White Gelly Roll Pen