Stampin’ Up Iced Beautiful Day ‘Monarch’ for the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop

inkin-krew-blog-hop-banner2Good Tuesday to You All! Welcome!

Today is our monthly Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop. Thank you for joining us as we bring you projects with a “Celebrate Spring” theme. I had several ideas in mind for this one,  but in the end, the Beautiful Day butterfly stamp won the contest. Not much of a contest, I admit, but I did argue with myself for a little bit.

I am a Master Gardener and one of my group’s projects for the past 3 years has been to go into the Middle School and talk to the sixth grade students about the importance of pollinators, their plight, and what we can do to help, in particular, the Monarch Butterfly. We also help them plant milkweed seeds, as this is the ONLY plant on which the adult Monarch lays its eggs, and thus, the ONLY plant the larvae will eat.

This species has seen an 80% reduction in population in the past 20 years, so we are educating people a little at a time to do what we can to help them return to previous levels. Habitat destruction, pesticides and weather have the most impact on these fragile insects. But I digress.

Having been to school just last week, Monarchs were on my mind and in my heart. While this stamp is not a monarch, I made it look as much like one as I could. Enjoy, then continue the hop to see what the rest of our talented team has done. Below is an image of a REAL Monarch butterfly. It is a female….yes, you can tell the difference if you know how.monarch for dear Iris column

The Monarch deserved special treatment I thought, and I used Melissa Kerman’s You Tube video on her ‘black ice’ technique as my inspiration. Only for this particular version she called it ‘clear ice’. You can view that here.

I began by rubbing my Embossing Buddy over the Gold Foil Sheets before stamping the butterfly from the Beautiful Day stamp set in Basic Black Archival ink. I then heat embossed it in Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Stampin’ Blends in Pumpkin Pie Light and Dark were used to color in the wings. There are white dots also on the Monarch, so I used my White Gel Pen to make dots around the outside edges.

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After completing the coloring and letting it dry thoroughly, I tapped my Versamark ink pad, very gently over the whole panel, added clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat embossed it. Voila! Instant texture, which Ms. Kerman calls ‘ice’. (the black ice is done by dragging Basic Black over the foil, and dragging the Versamark instead of tapping it.) I think it is a lovely technique, and will be using it again. This panel was Liquid Glued to a Basic Black mat.

My card base is Basic Black. I cut a panel of Whisper White to fit, minus 1-1/2″ vertically. I cut a piece of Tangerine Tango to fit that space and ever-so-lightly, dragged my Basic Black stamp pad from either end to add some texture to the orange, then Tear and Taped them together. I used NO pressure, just the weight of the stamp pad.

This panel was adhered to the card base with Tear and Tape. I centered the butterfly panel over the card front to get the placement for a length of Black Shimmer Ribbon with the ends cut on an angle. This ribbon was Tear and Taped to the card front, then the butterfly panel was adhered with Liquid Glue. I sort of wished later that I had used Stampin’ Dimensionals. Next time I will do that, and perhaps add some Basic Jewels to the butterfly body, but this card was to be simple and highlight the ‘ice’ technique.

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On the inside, I stamped the sentiment, butterfly and the border on a panel of Whisper White, all in Basic Black Archival Ink. The butterfly stamp is from Kinda Eclectic (retired), the sentiment and border from Butterfly Basics. The die cut butterfly, in Tangerine Tango and colored with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker, is from the You Move Me Bundle and attached with Liquid Glue. I also used my Tangerine Tango Stampin’ Write Marker to color in the stamped butterfly.

This panel was adhered to a Gold Foil Sheets panel, then onto a Tangerine Tango mat and into the card base. An Enameled Dot finished the inside.

I don’t like a plain envelope, but don’t usually spend too much time decorating it. However, I thought my Monarch deserved better, so I stamped the Beautiful Day butterfly on the back, putting most of it on the flap. I did this in Basic Black, then colored it. To do this I used my Aqua Pen and Tangerine Tango Classic Stampin’ Pad with ink in the lid to give a watercolor effect and keep it light in tone. To make the black veins darker, I went over each one with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

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The envelope front received 3 of the small butterflies from Kinda Eclectic in Basic Black, then colored in with the Tangerine Marker.

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I hope I did our Monarch Butterflies justice here. I am pretty sure Monarch butterflies qualify as ‘Celebrate Spring ‘ for this hop. If you desire more information on their plight, go to Monarch Watch for a plethora of ways you can help if you choose to do so.

Now, on with the hop. By clicking the ‘next’ button you will go directly to our team leader Amy’s blog. The ‘back’ button with return you to Shirley’s project. Or, you can click on any of the team names  below to go to their blog and just ‘Hop’ around.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to join us again next month. Information on card cuts and products are below.


Jaimie Barbarczy

Nanette Tracy

Karen Finkle

Linda Richenberg

Sue Prather

Mary Deatherage

Shirley Gentry

Julie Johnston (You are here)

Amy Koenders

CARD CUTS: Basic Black: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″; Whisper White: top front panel 2-3/4″ x 5-3/8″, inside panel 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″; Tangerine Tango: lower card front 1-3/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, butterfly-scrap; Gold Foil Sheets: front butterfly panel 3-3-16″ x 4-7/16″, 3-3/4″ x 5″

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Pastel Butterflies

Good Monday morning All! I trust this will be a good week for everyone. We have been having a few days of really nice weather, for which I am grateful. I am not a big fan of hot, humid weather, so have been looking forward to fall. It feels like fall is in the air with the crickets chirping, cicadas humming, and my wrens gone. I heard the last one middle of last week, so they are on their way to wherever they go for the winter. I miss their cheerful song already.

Today’s card has NOTHING to do with fall, however, as I am following the Fusion Card Challenge. You can use the sketch, or the photo for inspiration, or both. I have chosen to use both. I like the curvy element and the pastels, though I turned it on it’s side as you will see.Fusion Template-001

I began by changing my mind several times, just because I could. The easy part was choosing the pastels: Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron and Soft Sky, along with Whisper White and some of that luscious Delightful Daisy DSP.

The curvy part was no problem either as I had purchased a set of dies from Scrapbooking Made Simple that are called the Flip Side. The bundle includes two vertical and two horizontal sets of about 5 dies each. I only used two dies from one of the horizontal sets. Love it! One made such a pretty curved base, and the other cut out the upper portion of the panel, allowing the pretty DSP to shine.front

The first order of business after the work of choosing the colors and dies I would use was to cut the Mint Macaron for my base, which was liquid glued to the Delightful Daisy DSP. If using a directional DSP (this one has flowers growing, so don’t put them upside down!) be sure to cut in the direction you want. I then cut all the pretty butterflies. The large one and the Soft Sky butterfly are from the Butterflies Thinlits, while the two detailed ones are from the Bold Butterflies framelits. After cutting them I wanted a little tiny bit of bling, so I sprayed them with Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz for just a dab of glimmer.

I stamped the sentiment in Soft Sky with a stamp from That’s the Tag on the solid one, but it just didn’t look right. So, I tried just running it part way through the Big Shot with the detailed die, turning it several times to get the outer wings cut out while leaving (most) of the center part solid. That worked pretty well so I left it at that.

As I dry arranged everything I just wasn’t satisfied with the look, so each of the butterflies is backed with Vellum, which, I think, is much better. Each butterfly is bent at the edge of the body to give some lift to the wings. Glue Dots along the bodies adhered them to the base. Before attaching them to the panel though, I liquid glued that panel to the Whisper White card base. The butterflies were then added and each received some embellishment. The two smaller ones each got a matching Glitter Enamel Dot, while the bigger one got Pearl Basic Jewels along the body.


The inside sentiment from Window Shopping, was stamped in Soft Sky on a panel of Whisper White. The center part was blocked off with a Post It Note before inking, then removed. The little flowers are randomly stamped from the That’s the Tag set. I used Stamp ‘n Write markers in Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette and So Saffron to ink the flowers and Mint Macaron for the leaves.

insideThe Mint Macaron mat backs the Delightful Daisy DSP, over which the sentiment panel is adhered. All are glued with liquid glue and adhered to the card base. This pretty pastel card is finished. Again, if you use a directional DSP, be sure it is cut the right way.

The envelope received a die cut butterfly from the DSP on the front, and a flap of the same gorgeous paper.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Card cuts and products used for this card are below.

If you do not have a demonstrator and need products, please use the button at right to shop with me. And, don’t forget, the Paper Pumpkin 50% off your first month deal is good if you subscribe before the end of August.

Card Cuts: Whisper White: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, inside sentiment panel 3-1/4″ x 4-5/8″; Mint Macaron: front 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Wisteria Wonder: large butterfly 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Soft Sky, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette: small butterflies, one each color, scrap approximately 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″; Delightful Daisy DSP: Front 4-3-16″ x 5-7/16″, inside 3-3/4″ x 5″, scrap for butterfly, flap 5-3/4″ x 2-1/2″

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That's The Tag Photopolymer Stamp Set

That’s The Tag Photopolymer Stamp Set
Mint Macaron 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

Mint Macaron 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock
Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write Marker

Pink Pirouette Stampin’ Write Marker
So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker

So Saffron Stampin’ Write Marker
Wisteria Wonder Stampin' Write Marker

Wisteria Wonder Stampin’ Write Marker
Big Shot

Glue Dots



Wedding card

I trust you have all had a good Wednesday. It has been a busy one, but I want to share with you the wedding card I made.

There are a lot of companies out there making stamps and dies for all us crafters to use, and while I am a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I still like to use items from other companies when Stampin’ Up! doesn’t have what I need.

Before I became a SU demonstrator I had purchased this lovely embossing folder by Docrafts, which also cuts. I believe it is called an X-Cut Embossing Folder and does a lovely job of embossing and cutting at the same time. This is what I used for the card front.


As you can see, it cut little hearts, flowers and butterflies as well as a window that opens! While it is doing that it is also embossing a trellis with flowers. I thought it perfect for this wedding card mad from Very Vanilla card stock. Anytime you die cut something and have little pieces, save them! You never know when you might need that little swirly thing, or tiny heart or whatever.

The embossing powder is Golden Sand from Stampendous, which I used because I did not want a solid metal looking butterfly. I did use that also for the sentiment, which is from the Special Celebrations stamp set. I think the copper stampin’ emboss powder would probably have been better for the sentiment.

The butterfly is from the Papillion Potpourri set, stamped in versamark, heat embossed and fussy cut. This is adhered with mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to a small panel cut to fit behind the window (with the corners cut off so as not to cover up the flowers). The sentiment is (HORRORS) cut apart, yes, I did that. Took my little Paper Snips scissors and just whacked it into 3 pieces. Otherwise, it wouldn’t fit in my window. I can always use it as it was intended if I want to.  These are MY stamps and I can cut them up if I want to! It is not an earth shattering thing to do. Just DO it!

I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the sentiment lined up straight.

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Using liquid glue I attached this panel behind the window. This fancy panel is adhered with Tear & Tape to a copper mat (with the center cut out. Uh-huh, I did that too. Saves expensive paper) and onto the card front.

For the inside I stamped off once in Sahara Sand the sort of background design from the Graceful Garden set, placing it in opposite corners and leaving room for the sentiment, again using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line them up straight.

The sentiment is in full strength Sahara Sand and is also from the Special Celebrations stamp set.inside

I stamped another butterfly in versamark on a scrap of vellum and heat embossed it with the same embossing powder as on the front. This was also fussy cut, then adhered to the sentiment panel with a glue dot. This panel was Tear & Taped to the copper (center cut out), which was then liquid glued onto a Very Vanilla mat and into the card base.

The Medium Very Vanilla envelope got another embossed butterfly on the front and a cattywampus design on the flap. My original plan was a failure as I tried to line up the image and have a solid design on the flap. I could not get it to work, so a single cattywampus image will have to do. Probably if I didn’t tell you differently, you would have just thought I intended it to look that way. This was stamped in full strength Sahara Sand.

I think all these elements work well together for a special card for a special couple.

Thank you for joining me. Card cuts and Stampin’ Up! products used are below. If you do not have a demonstrator, I would be happy to help you. Or, to order from me you can just click on the Order Online button at right.

Card Cuts: Very Vanilla card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, front 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″, inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside sentiment 3-3/4″ x 5″, front sentiment 2-1/2″ x 3-1/4″, corners trimmed; Copper Foil Sheets front 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″; Vellum butterfly scrap, or you could just use Very Vanilla for this

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