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Sun 14

Creating the Shadow
by Trina Pham

Happy Sunday everyone!  It appears I am on a butterfly roll and have a couple more really easy clean and simple (CAS) butterfly cards to share today.  Then again, it’s not surprising since Memory Box offers so many gorgeous butterfly dies.  Some of them come with a matching shadow die, while some do not.  But there are two easy ways to create that shadow if the latter is the case.


For my first card, I took the butterfly die from Butterfly Heart Frame and created a DIY stencil from acetate.  


Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio distress inks were then blended through the stencil onto regular white cardstock.


The sentiment from Springtime Typewriter stamp set was stamped with Blueprint Sketch distress oxide ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The butterfly with antenna/body were die cut twice from white scraps and white glitter paper then stacked.  Mermaid Lagoon distress ink splatters were added to finish.  


My second card used an even simpler method to create the shadow.  Simply die cut directly from the card panel, then back the opening with color cardstock, pattern paper, or whatever you like, etc.


For my card, I backed the opening with a leftover alcohol ink piece.  


The butterfly this time was die cut from white scraps and silver foil paper.  The sentiment was heat embossed with silver embossing powder to match.  Besides being simpler, this second method allows dark cardstock to be used.  


And that concludes this post.  We are half way through our Clean and Simple challenge this month, so there is still plenty of time to link up your CAS entries.  Thank you for hanging with me.  Have a wonderful week.






Two very elegant CAS cards, love how you have realized the vibrant shadows!

both are very elegant Trina, I love the blending to create your shadow effect under the butterfly.

Stunning cards, Trina! I love how you made your own stencil to add a colorful background! I love that idea! Both cards are CASlicious and I love the amusing and clever way you used the sediment as the butterfly trail!! Hugs, Darnell

Lovely cards, Trina, with a great way to create the shadows for die cuts...I know I'll be trying this with the butterflies for my Spring cards. tfs.

Two beautiful butterfly cards, Trina. I love how you created your colorful shadows with your die cut butterflies. TFS your descriptions and photos explaining your techniques. Hugs..Nancy

Beautiful butterflies, Trina - so glad I got to see the cards today. Gorgeous colours (of course!).

I love this look, such a great idea, love your coloring through the stencil!

What a great way to get more mileage out of this die, Trina! Love the brilliant blue backgrounds with this fantastic die cut butterfly!

Fabulous creative inspiration and stunning CAS cards.....So very beautiful x

Thanks for the great tips so create a shadow. That makes such an impact and your cards are gorgeous. I love that blueprint color, it is so vibrant.

Gorgeous butterfly cards Trina. Two great ways to create a shadow for a butterfly. Thank you for the instrucitons!

I love these beautiful and elegant butterfly cards, Trina! Gorgeous color combo of the shadow. Adding a little curve to the sentiment stamp is a wonderful touch!
Hideko xx

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