Hey Crafty People! It’s Tasha here, and I’m back with another dose of inspiration for your Saturday morning! This week I’m bringing out the Just Soar stamp set from Catherine Pooler again but I’m ditching the Rainbows for a flurry of beautiful Monarch Butterflies. I just LOVE how this card turned out, it was definitely one of those that you look at and think ‘heck, yeah! I made that!’ 😉
Beautiful Monarch Butterflies…
I don’t think there is a single Butterfly species more iconic than the Monarch; their gorgeous amber glow is instantly recognisable and I knew that it would jump off a very clean & simple white background. I wanted the Butterflies to appear like they are flying around freely and that this was just a snapshot of a wider scene.
I know I tend to lean towards rainbows, but I gotta say, Mother Nature sure knew what she was doing when she made these beauties so I followed her example.
Stamp & Colour…
I stamped the largest Butterfly from the stamp set five times, onto Neenah 80lb cardstock with Midnight ink from Catherine Pooler. Once stamped, I left them a good 15minutes to be sure that the ink was dry before I began colouring, and to be extra safe I did heat set them slightly.
I decided to give a bit of variation in my Monarchs by having some a darker orange and others a lighter amber shade.
Copic Markers Used:
Lightest: Y02, Y08, Y17
Mid: Y17, YR15, YR16
Darkest: YR15, YR16, YR68
That was the only colouring I needed to do for this whole project, and it was SO QUICK! 😁
I fussy cut all of the Butterflies and then arranged them on an a2 panel of Neenah 80lb. I purposely had them all flying in different directions, and I also had many of them hanging off the edge of the panel, this helps to give that illusion that this is a small piece of a larger scene.
It just looks so much more natural. I also popped them up onto foam squares to give some lift and dimension.
The parts that are hanging off the edge can be reused! I trimmed up to the edge of the panel, then I used the leftovers to fill in gaps on other areas of the design. This will save you loads of time and energy, because you won’t need to stamp, colour and fussy/die cut as many images when you do it this way! 😉
Sentiments & Embellishments…
I die cut the word lovely using the Phrase Builder Hello die set by Pinkfresh Studios; cutting the word twice from Neenah 110lb cardstock so that I could stack them up for extra dimension, and I cut the shadow from vellum.
Adding a vellum shadow to your word dies gives you that bit of seperation from the background that allows your sentiment to really stand out, but it doesn’t cover the background so much as to feel that you’re missing out on parts of it.
I added the word die cut and sentiment strips using a mixture of liquid glue and pieces of foam adhesive so that it would sit level with my Butterflies.
A few of the clear, sparkling sequins from Catherine Pooler’s Vegas, Baby sequin mix finished the card off beautifully.
As always I am so grateful for you spending this time with me!
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