Good Wednesday, or Hump Day, if you prefer. I have need of several cards this month. A lot of birthdays and a few sympathy cards are in order. Today is another birthday for a 93 year old.
I think this is a lovely card, but it is not my own design. Jan Brown, Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in the UK posted this and did a video on it. I used different colors and sentiments, but the basic idea is the same. If you want to see the video, just click here.
I began with a Whisper White card base, a Night of Navy mat and Whisper White for the artwork.
I began by cutting all the panels, then stamped the floral image from Beauty Abounds in Memento Tuxedo Black. I taped of one end, inked the stamp, removed the tape and stamped the image diagonally across the paper. Repeat this for the other end.
Ink the sentiment from Butterfly Gala and stamp the upper right corner. Ink the Happy Birthday sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet and stamp the lower left side. All stamping is done with Memento Tuxedo Black.
Using my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, I made some little dots in the center where the stamps nearly met, so that if someone looks under the butterfly they will see little dots. While this was drying I stamped two of the double butterfly images from Butterfly Gala in Memento Tuxedo Black also.
Stampin’ Blends were great for coloring the image. I used Light Granny Apple Green for the leaves and flourishes and Dark Balmy Blue for the flowers. Since these are small images, I did not do any blending.
Now to color the butterflies. I first used Memento Tuxedo Black to stamp their bodies, then used Light and Dark Balmy Blue and Light and Dark Night of Navy, beginning next to the body with the lightest color and moving outward and darker, blending as you go. the last color was the Dark Balmy Blue next to the Dark Night of Navy. The little dots at the outer edge of the wings are then filled in with Light Balmy Blue. I spritzed all the butterflies with some Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Silver Spray to add a little sheen. Probably some Wink of Stella would do about the same thing.
Fold the wings next to the bodies, add some Liquid Glue and adhere to the card front. Some Pearl Basic Jewels finishes them nicely.
Inside, I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black from Stitched All Around. The other large butterfly was Liquid Glued at the body. To this one I added the antennae. I didn’t think the front ones needed them as it was already pretty busy and thought the antennae might be confusing or distracting.
The envelope was stamped on the front with another large butterfly, taping off the smaller one before inking. It was then colored the same as the ones on the card. Be sure when using Stampin’ Blends on the envelope that you slip a scrap of card stock or something inside the envelope as the Blends do bleed through.
The flap was finished with a strip of the Night of Navy dots from the 6″ x 6″ Subtles Designer Series paper.
I hope you like this card. I think it is lovely and not difficult at all.
CARD CUTS: Whisper White: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, art panel 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside liner 4″ x 5-1/4″, butterflies, scrap at least 3″ x 4-1/2″; Night of Navy: outside and inside mats 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″; 6″ x 6″ Subtles Designer Series Paper in Navy: envelope flap 2-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.