240 posts categorized "Butterflies"

03/17/2019

Sun 17

Making Stencils out of Your Metal Dies
by Laura Fulcher

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Greetings friends.  I don't know about you, but I am always looking for ways to get more use out of my dies.  For my card today, I decided to make a stencil out of my Butterfly Frond  die.

To start, you are going to need a blank stencil.  It is basically a solid piece of plastic that is a good thickness for a stencil.  I bought mine from the Crafter's Workshop, but if you Google "blank stencil sheets," you will see that there are a lot of options.

When I cut out my die from the blank stencil sheet, I was left with a circle and a circle stencil with my fronds:

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Next, I placed the large circle onto some white cardstock and sponged the open area with blue and green PanPastel chalks (Turquoise and Phthalo Green).

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You can see that my chalk is much lighter than the finished project.  Well, I wasn't done yet!  Next, I left my circle stencil on my cardstock and added my frond stencil to the center of my circle. 

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Once it was in place, I sponged over the whole thing with Versamark ink and a sponge.

I removed the frond stencil and left the circle stencil.  In this picture, you can lightly see the Versamark ink.  The fronds don't have any ink because they were covered with the stencil:

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Finally, I rubbed over the whole thing with the same exact colors of chalk.  Don't worry, rubbing the chalk on top will not smudge your Versamark ink.  You can see how the areas that had sponged Versamark ended up much darker and the areas that were covered by the frond stencil only have the first layer of color:

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To finish the card, I added the butterfly form the die set, added my sentiment and added a stitched circle around the frond scene for extra embellishment.

I hope you will consider making some stencils out of your dies.  There are so many possibilities for using your new stencils.

Have a great weekend!

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03/15/2019

Fri 15

Thanks for Your Kindness
by Melissa Rusk

Hi friends! Today I have a card that could work for a lot of different occasions. The Butterfly Frond die is perfect for Spring, Easter or just because.

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I die cut the Butterfly Frond die in a white paper and then used my Copic markers to color the leaves and the butterfly. I cut a circle in a similar size from the Circle Basics set and used the Broken China Distress Oxide ink to color it in. When you spray the oxide ink with water it creates this fun textured look to the paper.IMG_9216

When I glued the butterfly together I just put a dot of glue on the body so that the wings could stand up. I took a pencil and curled them around it a little to add dimension. An enamel dot completes the butterfly body.

I stamped the sentiment from the Springtime Typewriter Sentiments set to finish off my card. Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
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03/10/2019

Sun 10

Side Butterfly Circle Twofers
by Trina Pham

Hello there!  Trina here and I am sharing not one, but two, CAS cards using the Side Butterfly Circle die from the 2019 Spring Collection.  First up is a birthday card, which happens to fit our Flower challenge this month.

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Began by die cutting a circle from regular white cardstock with the Circle Basics set.  Used mini blending tools to blend on Cracked Pistachio and Shaded Lilac distress inks to create the background.  Next, the Side Butterfly Circle was die cut twice from X-press It cardstock.  Colored one of them with Copics, then adhered it to the background circle.  Trimmed the leaves off on the second diecut piece then stacked on top.  This was done to hide any messy coloring of the flower petals.

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This garden scene was looking a little sparse, so the Lily of the Valley Frame was die cut from X-press It cardstock.  Any parts that I didn’t want were then cut away and the stems were colored in with Copics.  For the butterfly, the solid piece was die cut from X-press It cardstock and the outline from black cardstock twice.  Adhered one of the outline piece to the solid piece and colored with Copics.  Added clear shimmer for some sparkle, then topped with the second outline piece.  Dots were added with a white gel pen.  The sentiment from Birthday Blowout was black heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder directly onto a top folding white card base, then mounted the circle scene with fun foam to finish.

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My second card is a lot easier and brighter, using only the butterfly from the Side Butterfly Circle die set.  I always love a good rainbow, don’t you?

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Took a stitched Bristol A2 panel from my stash and masked an open strip across the middle.  Used four colors of distress oxide inks in Squeeze Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean and Twisted Citron to ink blend the rainbow.  Made sure to overlap the colors to get a good blend and secondary colors.  Flicked on some water and dabbed with a paper towel to give it some texture.  

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For the butterflies, I wanted to try a new technique and watercolor on vellum.  The solid pieces were die cut from vellum and the outline pieces from Bristol paper.  Adhered the outline to the vellum, then watercolored from the back side with Zigs and a watercolor brush.  The vellum curled quite a bit, so had to reattach with a strong adhesive such as Ranger Multi Medium.  Added clear shimmer to the front of the vellum then added a second white outline to give it more dimension.  Black heat embossed the sentiment from Springtime Typewriter Sentiments to finish. 

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That completes my spring twofers with the Side Butterfly Circle die.  Thank you for dropping by. 

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03/02/2019

Sat 02

Blog Blitz – New Floating Butterfly and Bold Friendly Greetings by Jean Okimoto

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Set the scene for spring with the new Floating Butterfly and screenprinted papers in beautiful colors.  Welcome to Day #6 of our Spring Collection Blog Blitz!  Hello - Jean Okimoto here with a set of super-quick cards featuring the delicate new butterfly and Bold Friendly Greetings from our latest release.

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There are so many ways to fill the butterfly's background including watercolors, glitter, fabric or sequins.  I chose a beautiful paper from Shizen Design's 18-piece set of 6 color-coordinated prints.  This one's a swirly pattern of flowers, tendrils and paisleys.  The paper set is a popular spring design - I bought it at Impress.

Cut three of the 4"x2-¾" Wrapped Stitch Rectangle from smooth white cardstock.  Stamp the messages - from the Bold Friendly Greetings clear stamps set - with Brilliance Pearlescent Jade, Orange and Purple.  Dry the inks, then cut Floating Butterfly.  Save the white diecuts for another project - were're using the offcut here.

Attach sections of the printed paper behind the cutout.

Cut the butterfly again from Coral Creme, Navajo and Kachina cardstock.  

Attach the diecuts to side-folded A-2 cards of Kachina, Snapdragon and Coral Creme cardstock.  Add clear gem stickers.

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Want a chance to win the beautiful - and versatile - new Floating Butterfly?    Add a comment to this post by Sunday, March 3rd at 11:59pm EST.  One comment will be selected at random to win the butterfly.  Winners will be announced on the blog on Monday, March 4th at 6pm EST.  Good luck!

Be sure to add your comment to all of the Blog Blitz posts from February 25th thru March 3rd.

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Thursday...Jeansignature-3
 

 

 

 

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02/09/2019

Sat 09

You are Enough
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Saturday! Today I have a card that is perfect to send to someone who needs a little encouragement. 

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The Lace Butterfly die is beautiful and perfect for thinking about Spring cards or encouragement cards. To highlight the beauty of the butterfly I decided to keep things simple and stamp repeatedly the sentiment you are enough from the Best Life Typewriter Sentiments set in a light teal color. Then I glued the butterfly to the card and added a line of pearls on the body.
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This sentiment is one I can see using again and again in cards to friends. I hope you have a wonderful and crafty weekend!
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01/23/2019

Wed 23

Butterfly Heart Frame
by Melissa Rusk

Happy Wednesday friends! Today I have another fun die from the new release to share. I used the Butterfly Heart Frame to make a square card filled with bling.

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I die cut the frame in two different colors of purple paper. I then covered each piece with Clear Wink of Stella to create the glittery look on the paper. I pieced the hearts back together on the square card by alternating the purple colors.
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I finished it off with pearls in the centers of the biggest flowers. Since I cut it out in two colors I also had pieces to make a second card in opposite colors. I love when you can make more than one card with the same supplies. Have a wonderful day!
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01/22/2019

Tue 22

Smile Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello and Welcome!  It's Isha today with a fun and fresh color themed square card using the ink sponging technique. I am really enjoying our new valentine collection. This die below is so delicate and pretty, don't you agree?

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I started by creating a white top fold square card. I then cut a white mat layer and sponged some distress oxide ink on it. Now I flicked some water and white paint for added dimension. Let this layer dry.

Die-cut the heart and butterfly using white cardstock. Add some glitter embossing powder to the heart and emboss. Emboss the butterfly using teal and the center using black embossing powder.

Assemble everything together. Finally, to finish stamp the sentiment and adhere to the card.

Here is a close up

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Hope you got inspired by this card. Have a wonderful crafty day! 

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07/22/2018

Sun 22

Summer Meadow
by Penny Ward

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Hello Memory Box friends. Penny here today. Sometimes you just need to create a card in a hurry and this one is for you. Less than 10 minutes and you have a creation that is simple and makes a statement

 

Here we go:

 

Start with a White cardstock base measuring 4.25 x 5.50 inches. Cut a Light Gray cardstock the same size and adhere to base.

 

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Die cut Summer Meadow Collage from Medium Gray cardstock. Adhere to card front leaving some of the center cutouts free of glue. Lift them up a bit with your fingernail for more dimension.

 

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Stamp and heat emboss sentiment from the Sentimental Iris set using White embossing powder.

Die cut one of the smaller butterflies from the Morning Garden Butterflies set in Teal cardstock.

Adhere to card front as shown, then embellish card with White Crystal Drops.

 

I told you it was simple to make. :)

 

Happy Crafting,

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07/19/2018

Thu 19

Summer Meadow Collage, Cascadia Butterfly Trio and Leavenworth Butterfly Trio by Jean Okimoto

 

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Watercolors create a soft background for the Summer Meadow Collage and a trio of vellum butterflies.  Add a greeting from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamps Set, gold-glittered accents and turquoise gem stickers.  Hi everyone, Jean Okimoto here with a thrifty design using the remainder of yesterday's watercolored background.  

Kaleidacolor dye ink refills are great as liquid watercolors and come in a wide range of beautiful colors.  

Cut Summer Meadow Collage from white cardstock - leave a generous  border of cardstock.  

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Place the watercolored background behind it and tape everything securely so it doesn't shift.  Diecut through both layers at once.  The resulting background wasn't a complete rectangle because portions of it were used on another card - but it won't show.  Optional - trim a tiny amount from the edges of the background so the colors won't be visible from the side.  

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Cut Cascadia Butterfly Trio from lime, purple and turquoise vellum.  I cut all three sizes of each so I could try different color and size combinations.  If you don't have colored vellum,  diecut the butterflies from white vellum,  then sponge them with Brilliance Pearlescent Purple, Lime and Jade inks. Yes, Brilliance metallic inks dry on vellum!   Air-dry the butterflies - heat-setting them may cause curling.

Cut gold glitter cardstock or heavy paper with the antennae/centers from the Leavenworth Butterfly Trio.  

Attach the diecuts to a top-folded 5-½" square card of textured white cardstock.

Stamp the greeting - from the Sentimental Iris Clear Stamp Set - on white cardstock with Verdant VersaFine Clair.  Dry the ink, then cut then cut it with the ¾" x 2" Rectangle Basics die.  Attach the greeting - use a foam dot on the right edge.

Add turquoise gem stickers.

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Enjoy a 25% shopping discount at the Impress 31st Birthday Celebration this Saturday, July 21.  Yes, 31 years of creativity, inspiration and one-stop shopping for the latest papercrafting supplies.  Bring your Memory Box and Poppystamps wishlists and add some great designs to your personal collection!  The birthday discount code for your online shopping on July 21 is 31st birthday.  

Thanks for visiting - see you again on Saturday!

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07/18/2018

Wed 18

Flitter Side Butterfly and Wonderful Jotted Script by Jean Okimoto

 

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Wonderful Jotted Script and a trio of Flitter Side Butterflies create a colorful summer design today.  Paint a vivid background of diluted Kaleidacolor dye ink refills, diecut the butterflies, add a layered greeting and gem stickers - and you're ready for any occasion.  

Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a watercolored design in some of my favorite colors.  It's a versatile design that would be beautiful in your favorite colors too!

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Paint the rough side of watercolor paper with loose, watery layers of Kaleidacolor dye ink refills.  Outline and define some areas with a waterbrush.

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Add color variations, spots and splotches by lightly spritzing a large clean stamp block with water and pressing it firmly onto the watercolor paper.  Lift it - it'll have a few inky bubbles - press it onto a section with a contrasting color.  Let those little bubbles create some very cool spots and splotches.  Dry the inks with a heat-tool by alternately heating both sides of the paper to prevent curling.  

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Cut the detailed Flitter Side Butterfly from green, purple and turquoise cardstock.  Cut the background butterflies from the watercolored paper.

Cut the background Wonderful Jotted Script from natural cardstock.  Cut the detailed "wonderful" from a slightly bluer shade of cardstock.

Attach the diecuts to an A-6 (4-½" x 6-¼") card of natural cardstock.

Print "you are" with a label maker.  Attach them to the card with double-stick tape - the label adhesives aren't always secure on cardstock.

Add pale lavender gem stickers - I've colored clear stickers with a Sharpie.  

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Create a stash of watercolored backgrounds and they'll be ready - and dry (!) - when you need a quick card.  Butterflies are always a great design element for watercoloring.  Colors can be bright and splashy or soft and dreamy.  View the collection of Memory Box Butterflies and pick your favorites!

Big thanks to everyone from last weekend's BUTTERFLIES + BLOSSOMS class at Impress.  Hope you liked the colorful summer designs and techniques.  Special thanks too - Ann, Cindi, Shari and Erin - for helping everyone fill their shopping baskets.  

Be sure to stop by both Impress stores on Saturday July 21st.  It's Impress' 31st Birthday and they're celebrating with a 25% shopping discount for everyone!  Bring your Memory Box and Poppystamps wishlist - it's time to fill your collection with the stamps and dies you've been admiring!

Thanks for visiting...hope you like butterflies and watercolors as much as I do!

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