I love butterflies and was so disappointed when the Butterfly Duet Punch went out of stock. I’m happy to report that it’s now available again, as is the Butterfly Gala bundle (more about that later). So this morning I couldn’t resist pulling out the stamp set and punch to make a colourful birthday card.
This card was actually a happy accident as I found ready-made pieces that seemed to really go together.
First up, in the case with my Happy Birthday Thinlit I found the sentiment already die-cut from Night of Navy Card. So that saved me some time.
Next I went to the Botanical Butterfly 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) that’s available for free until Sunday with a qualifying order. In the pack was a piece already cut to 3-7/8″ wide, so I simply trimmed it to 5-1/8″ high.
Next, using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I attached the sentiment to the DSP. Then I mounted the DSP onto a layer of Whisper White Card.
For the card base I used my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut and score a piece of Lemon Lime Twist Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. The layered DSP was added to the front of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I was now ready for the butterflies, but when I opened up the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set case there were already 3 butterflies in there.
The butterflies had been coloured and punched with the coordinating Butterfly Duet Punch, but I needed more. So I looked on the back of them to see the colours that I’d written on in pencil. Highland Heather Combo. That made it really easy, out came the Stampin’ Blends.
Onto a scrap of Whisper White Card I stamped a small butterfly matching the others I already had using Tuxedo Black ink. This was all I needed to complete the front of the card.
In the middle of a layer of Whisper White Card I then stamped just the larger of the two butterflies on the stamp. I did this by inking up the stamp with Tuxedo Black ink and then covering the smaller butterfly with some sellotape before stamping on the card.
Then using the same process I stamped the larger butterfly in the centre of the flap on a Whisper White Medium Envelope.
Using the light and dark Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends I coloured all the new butterflies. Then I went over the Highland Heather on all my butterflies with a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.
BUTTERFLY DUET PUNCH
Now I was ready to put it all together staring off with liquid glue to attach the Whisper White layer inside the card base.
Then I used the Butterfly Duet Punch to punch out the extra butterfly.
At this point I did remember that I needed to add bodies to each of the butterflies. So I did that next using Tuxedo Black ink and the large and small images from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set.
Now that the stamping was complete, I placed all four punched butterflies face down on my desk with a Mini Glue Dot on the back of each one. Then I added small loops of Copper Metallic Thread to each butterfly, and finished each one with another Glue Dot.
All that was left was for me to attach the butterflies to the card front and bend the wings up a little.
I really like how this card turned out. I began with a vague idea and the way I store my used stamped and die-cut pieces made most of the decisions for me. Do you ever have projects like that?
SALE-A-BRATION – the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper is only available until Sunday March 31st 2019 when the Sale-A-Bration promotion ends. To get this DSP you need to place an order for $60 CAD (before shipping and taxes), then you can select the DSP as your free Sale-A-Bration choice. Because you cannot select the item until your order has reached the qualifying amount, you’ll find this at the end of my product list.
UPDATE 2020: The following products have been retired and are no longer available from Stampin’ Up!
- Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock
- Copper Metallic Thread
- Happy Birthday Thinlits Die
- Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper