Even More Butterflies

I really can’t stay away from butterflies lately! I made this card for the Flowers challenge on the Addicted to CAS blog (http://addictedtocas.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/challenge-11-dt-call.html)

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Supply List –

  • Stamps: Bloomin’ Marvelous from Stampin’ Up
  • Paper: Sugar, Ocean and Bermuda from A Muse Studio
  • Inks: Amethyst, Heather, Bermuda and Ocean from A Muse Studio, Versamark
  • Accessories: Beautiful Wings Embosslit and adhesive pearles from Stampin’ Up, Embossing Powders from A Muse Studio

I cannot get enough of the A Muse Studio ink pads. They are pigment ink which is embossable and dries to a chalk finish. The inks are great for layering. If you want to use the same image in various colors, start with the lightest color and work up to the darker. Here, I started with the leaves, which were stamped in Leaf ink from A Muse Studio and embossed with clear powder. Once the leaves were embossed, I started with the Amethyst flowers, working my way up to the Ocean color. I let the flowers completely dry before stamping the sentiment with Versamark and embossing. If you end up with embossing powder where you don’t want it, use a dry brush to wipe it away before using your heat tool.

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The butterflies were cut out using the Beautiful Wings embosslet. They coordinate with the Ocean and Bermuda inks, and add some great texture and dimension to an otherwise flat card. The pearls add a finishing touch and elegance.

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Butterflies Everywhere

Even though I’ve become absolutely hooked on A Muse Studio stamps and inks, I always find myself drawn back to Stampin’ Up products. As soon as I saw these butterfly punches I knew I needed them. Not want. Need.

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Supply List –

  • Stamps: Contemporary Wishes from A Muse Studio
  • Paper: Sweet Shop DSP and Whisper White from Stampin’ Up
  • Ink: Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder from Stampin’ Up
  • Accessories: Rhinestone, Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly Punches, and Paper Piercing Pack all from Stampin’ Up

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I love Clean and Simple cards, which maximize the amount of white space. A trick I’ve found to keep the white space from becoming overwhelming is to add a bit of paper piercing. Here, the piercing around the butterfly helps emphasize it as a focal point.

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I don’t always decorate the inside, but I should more often! Adding the butterflies inside helps tie the card together and adds some nice color inside.