Step by Step Tuesday: Butterfly Birthday

Hello my crafty friends! I hope you all have had a great start to your week. Last week on Technique Thursday, I showed you how to make your own background paper using three stamps and distress oxide ink, while the technique would work with anything. Here are the steps I took to make and finish the card I was making for a friend’s mom’s birthday.

For the images of the card I used the My Favorite Things “Beautiful Butterflies” and a butterfly stamp set that I picked up from Michaels in 2016 when I was participating in a planner crawl. The sentiment stamp set is the “Birthday Messages” set from Simon Says Stamp. I used just a simple piece of purple paper and a piece of cutdown Bristol to make the background.

Here you can see the Distress Oxide colors I used to create the Butterfly background. If you would like to find out how to make this paper, click here and you will be taken to the right blog post.

I then took the most solid butterfly from the MFT set and inked it up with the Picked Raspberry ink in the Distress Oxide line. I stamped it onto a scrap of Bristol paper. Then I took the detail stamp that’s meant to go over this butterfly and I stamped it down using versafine in. I then fussy cut the butterfly out, unfortunately having to cut the antenna off. I took my 3M foam tape and cut little pieces off so as to give some dimension to our card.

I then heated my background with my heat gun and then I dusted it with my anti-static powder tool. Then, using a sentiment from the “Birthday Messages”, I inked up the sentiment with some VersaMark and stamped it down. I used the Recollections ‘Silver’ embossing powder, sprinkled it over the top- making sure that the words are covered- I then tapped off the excess and wiped off what wouldn’t move from where it shouldn’t be. Then I hit it with my heat gun from Wagner and viola! You have the embossed sentiment you see before you.

I like to decorate the insides of my cards, so after I used a sentiment from that same set from before, I decided what I wanted to do. I did shadow stamping and since you can get about three out of pigment inks before it fades completely, I figured it would be the same deal. And it worked. I used Seedless Preserves in the upper right hand corner and then I used Shaded Lilac in the lower left corner. For Technique Thursday, I actually have a post on Shadow Stamping planned. Here’s what the final card looked like:

Now I didn’t have any pictures of how I put it together but it is pretty straight forward. I took the purple and lined it up with proper spacing, going straight up and down. For the butterfly piece, which was cut at the same size as the purple paper, I rotated it to the right until it was practically off the page. I feel this gives a really nice visual and pulls your audience in.

Well, I hope everyone liked today’s post. I’m off to making more cards for valentines day and for a very late Christmas gift. Remember, creativity will set you free! I’ll see you on Thursday 💖

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