Monday, January 12, 2015

Butterfly Imprint Thank You

  Another demonstrator posted on a demonstrator forum with a question about how one of the sample cards in the Occasions catalog was made.  Several of us gave some ideas and then I decided to see how it would work out.

  The sample is the top card on page 27. It used the Butterflies Thinlets to make some kind of impression into the cardstock but also has the impression highlighted with ink.

  Here is what I came up with and I think it's pretty close to how the Stampin' Up! designer made the sample.

 I used the medium sized butterfly and inked up the cutting side by pressing it right into my Calypso Coral ink pad.  I carefully placed the die ink side down onto a piece of watercolor paper and ran it once through the Big Shot using the regular Thinlet sandwich, no wax paper or shims.  Because the watercolor paper is much thicker than the regular cardstock the die didn't cut all the way through and pressed the ink into the grooves of the butterfly image.  My Big Shot needed 2 cardstock shims to cut normal cardstock but every machine is a bit different.  You may need to play around with yours to get the best results for this technique.

  Here's a close up:

  I added some stamped off splatters from Gorgeous Grunge across the butterfly and some full strength splatters on the Crumb Cake card base and Best Year Ever DSP (SAB).  The DSP is also lightly sponged with Crumb Cake ink.

  The thank you from Lotus Blossom (SAB) stamped in Rich Razzleberry (that obviously needed to be reinked!).

  I raided my little stash of ribbon bits and pieces for the embellishments and found a few of those sweet flowers that we carried last year (I think!).  The Occasion catalog has some nice pink one in the Artisan Embellishment kit if you like this look!  I sponged some Crumb Cake ink on the flower to keep with the vintage-y look.

  I used 2 challenges to bring this card together: Create with Connie 337 & Mary  and ColourQ 274

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Lotus Blossom (SAB), Gorgeous Grunge

Ink: Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry

Paper: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Best Year Ever DSP, watercolor paper

Accessories: ribbon rosette, Butterflies Thinlets (Occasions), linen thread, Old Olive satin ribbon (retired), Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon (retired), Rich Razzleberry cotton ribbon


  1. Thanks for sharing this technique. Your card turned out very nicely! Wish those little ribbon roses were an ongoing offering.

  2. You are a total genius!!!! Love this!

  3. What a terrific way to use the butterfly die! I love the subtle look of this! Beautiful card! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  4. What a gorgeous card!! I love the butterfly with the ink to highlight the lines, fabulous!! Thanks so much for joining the sketch challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

  5. Very cool look! I didn't even notice that was what the designer did! Great job! Thanks for playing along with the sketch challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!

  6. WOW...and I mean WOW!!! I love that sample in the mini and love that you figured out how to do it. I really like the 'letterpress' look and you did it to perfection! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  7. Wow, how clever are you to figure out this process!! That subtle image of the butterfly is so pretty and looks lovely with your accent colors! Thanks for joining us this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

  8. I love this idea and will have to try it out! The butterfly image looks great with the banners! Thanks for joining us at Create with Connie & Mary!


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