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Thu 04

Follow Your Bliss with the Silver Springs Butterfly
by Jean Okimoto


A sun-splashed watercolored background sets the scene for the Silver Springs Butterfly die... and a bit of inspiration for our August Challenge.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here - thanks for stopping by today.  

Congrats to the winners of the July Challenge - here's  a link to the details of the August Challenge.  "Yellow" is the theme of this month's challenge - sunny, bright, upbeat - and it makes me think of lemonade, sorbet, lemon bars and cream pies.  Yes, I'm always thinking about food - but it's time to make a card...

Press the inks of a Melon Melody Kaleidacolor multi-colored dye inkpad onto a large acrylic block.  Use a waterbrush to paint watercolor paper with the different colors - let them mix and blend for a few minutes.  Dry the paper with a heat-tool.  If the watercolor paper is warped, cover it with a sheet of printer paper and press it with a dry iron on the cotton setting.  Trim it to 2-⅛" x 4-½".

Here's a tip - scrunch a sheet of deli sandwich paper and rub it briskly over the Silver Springs Butterfly die.  That makes it easy to remove the diecut - and all of those tiny pieces - from the die.  I've used scrunched waxed paper in the past - but that could leave a hazy residue on the mirror cardstock - it's just easier to buy an eternal supply of deli sandwich sheets and use it for both matte and shiny cardstock.  Cut Silver Springs Butterfly from gold mirror cardstock.  

Cut two of the Butterfly Ensemble butterflies from white vellum.  Attach the vellum butterflies under the gold mirror butterflies.  It's hard to see here, but it adds a soft translucent look and lets the gold stand out from the background. I just attached them with tiny slivers of Scor-Tape along the center of the butterflies.   Attach it to the background.  

Place a strip of Scor-Tape behind a scrap of gold mirror cardstock and cut the antennae from the Leavenworth Butterfly Trio set.  Attach everything to an A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card of textured soft white cardstock.  

Another tip - prep textured cardstock for stamping by placing it between two pieces of smooth cardstock and running it through your diecut machine between the cutting plates. The pressure flattens the texture just a bit - and leaves it smooth enough for stamping.  Stamp Follow your Bliss with VersaFine Spanish Moss and dry the ink.  Cut it with the smallest Stitched Rectangle Layer.  Attach it with foamdots.  Add gold sequins.


Hope you like this sunny bright card...and that you've decided to enter this month's challenge.  Good Luck!

If you're in the Seattle area, join us for the August 6th STAMP AND A DIE - OH MY! class at the Tukwila Impress.  We'll combine some of our favorite stamps and dies and create colorful cards for everyday greetings.

Thanks for stopping by...see you again tomorrow!

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Gorgeous, love the look you get with the mirror cardstock, great design!

Très belle carte! Bises

Simple but stunning.

You got Hallmark beat - this is so elegant! Lovely!

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