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Thu 09

Butterfly Swell on the Spring Blog Blitz
by Jean Okimoto




The new Butterfly Swell joins our Spring Blog Blitz today!  Hello - hope you're enjoying our blitz and loving the great new dies as much as we enjoy sharing our designs with you.  Jean Okimoto here, with a watercolored butterfly design for you.

Be sure to add your comments to each designer's post throughout the blitz for a chance to win a new die from our latest collection of spring and nautical designs.  Our blitz began on March 6th  and continues through March 12th.

Here are the directions for this simple card.  Paint a background on watercolor paper.  Splotchy and bright stands out more than soft and dreamy for this design - trust me!   


Cut Butterfly Swell from white cardstock and layer it over the background.  Slip the top and bottom center "tabs" behind the background to create the illusion of floating butterflies.  The die is actually designed to cut through the top and bottom portions so the butterflies are suspended between two sections of cardstock.  I decided to give it a different look here.  

Trim the Butterfly Swell panel to fit onto a textured white A-6 (4-⅝" x 6-¼") card.  Round the right corners of the panel and the card.

Cut the antennae - from the new Morning Garden Butterflies Set - from pink glittered cardstock.  The Morning Garden Butterflies are designed to match the solid butterflies of the Butterfly Ensemble set too.  

Add tiny clear iridescent sequins.


Hope you like this colorful and easy design.  Paint a stash of watercolored backgrounds in your favorite spring and summer shades - they'll be ready when you need them for a quick card for any occasion.

Big thanks to everyone from last week's HEY THANKS class at Impress.  Hope you enjoyed the techniques - and being among the first to create cards with the Spring Release.  Everyone got to meet Steve and Quincy too!  Thanks to Ann, Shari and Erin for helping us fill those shopping baskets with the latest must-haves.

Want a chance to win the Butterfly Swell?  Just leave a comment here - and you'll be entered to win this versatile, classic design that would make a great addition to your stash of Memory Box dies.  Add your comments to all of the Design Team posts throughout the blitz for more chances to win great dies from our new collection.  The entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday March 12th.   Good Luck!





You do make the most beautiful butterfly dies, I own several! Fabulous card, love that POP of color!

Beautiful card...it's impossible to resist butterfly dies!

I love the butterflies and would love to win the die. I recently purchased the two garden butterfly die sets as a gift for my crafting friend and they are beautiful....will probably eventually purchase them for my own collection.

Really like this new Butterfly Swell die. So many creative ways to use it. Thanks for sharing your card with us!

This is just beautiful... scrumptious colors! Love this gorgeous Butterfly Swell die! Such pretty details!

Who doesn't love butterflies and yet another gorgeous card Jean thanks for sharing.

Wauw, so beuatiful - Love butterlies

Lovely card!! The butterfly swell is one of my favourites from the new release!

Just beautiful

What a beautiful card and I love this butterfly die!!

Beautiful card! Love the colors you used.

Love your butterflies, and can never get too many of them. They are all great!

Oh my! This has my heart fluttering with it's simple beauty! This is a definite MUST HAVE die for a butterfly lover like me! Definitely added to the top of my wish list! Fingers crossed! Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win this fabulous die!!!

What a beautiful die. Love how your background design shows off the die. Great card.

The prior comments are so right! The simplicity, colors and class of this die and card make it THE BEST,

Beautiful Just love memory box dies

Very cool and interesting Butterfly Swell die. I absolutely LOVE the colored background. It sure is stunning with the white of the butterflies and the card front. Stunning card...I'm in awe! So very nicely done! Thanks for sharing with us!

Jean, you make awesome cards!

I love this Jean, its just stunning! Fantastic card!

Wow, this die is gorgeous! I've always loved creating cards with butterflies.

Lovely card. The watercolor backing is so versatile.
Now who would NOT want this die!!! It's gorgeous. How much do I love butterflies? I'm sharing my dill plants with the caterpillars of the swallowtail butterfly. I love to watch their daily growth and I'd love to see the growth of my small butterfly die collection as well. :-)

Wow!! I LOVE this card and die!!! Soooo Beautiful!!!

Very pretty background for these beautiful butterflies.

Beautiful card - I love how you put the paper behind the butterflies. I hadn't thought of the "tabs" at the top and bottom - it gives it a totally different look

Love the card and the colors!

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