243 posts categorized "Butterflies"


Thu 16

You Make Me Smile Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello Everyone! It’s Isha today sharing a Clean and Simple card using various embossing powders onto the die-cuts.

Clean and Simple doesn’t mean you can’t play with techniques you love. It’s simply lots of white space. Today, I decided to play with some special embossing powders.


I started by creating a white card base. I then cut a white mat layer and die-cut a circle. I adhered a piece of vellum behind the circle. I sponged some distress ink onto the cardbase where the circle will come.

Adhere the mat layer to the cardbase.

I die-cut the floral wreath, applied versamark ink and added white pearl WOW! embossing powder. I adhered the wreath around the circle. I die-cut the butterfly, applied the versamark ink and embossed using WOW! Black Magic embossing powder. This makes the butterfly look so pretty and unique.


To finish, I stamped and embossed the sentiment and adhered it to the butterfly.

Hope you enjoyed this CAS card using specialty embossing powders. Have a nice day!







Mon 13

"expect miracles", Sofia Butterfly, and Cottage Flower Circle Frame
by Anne Thompson

Today's card got me playing with pearlized alcohol inks, blending solution and alcohol ink cardstock.


materials used:

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To start I put drops of the alcohol inks onto the alcohol ink cardstock followed by drops of the blending solution.  Because these are pearl inks I had to shake the bottles a bit first to mix in the pearlized material.  I used a straw held close to the paper and blew the inks around a bit.  I kept adding ink and blending solution, blowing it around with the straw, until I liked the way it looked.


Then I used the paintbrush soaked with blending solution to spatter the design.  This added interesting little drops and more texture.


From this panel I die cut the Cottage Flower Circle Frame and adhered it to the front of the top-fold notecard.


You can see in this closeup photo where I added the extra flower sprig to the inside right-hand side of the circle frame and used tiny pearls for the flower centers.

I repeated the inks and blending solution process to make another panel for cutting out the Sofia Butterfly.


I stamped "expect miracles" in the lower left corner after popping the butterfly on the upper left.  I rounded the bottom corners of the card and added a small white bow with a pearl in its center.  Done!  Another card ready for almost any occasion.


I wish photos could show more easily the shine on these die cut pieces.  The pearlized inks glisten on the alcohol ink cardstock and look almost like enamel.  I also love the way that two colors of ink blend to create more colors.  I can tell that I'm going to need a larger supply of alcohol ink cardstock for future projects!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




Wed 24

Thinking of You Card
by Isha Gupta

Hello Everyone! It’s Isha today sharing a Clean and Simple card, which also happens to be the theme for the April challenge too.

Clean and Simple doesn’t mean you can’t play with techniques you love. It’s simply lots of white space.


I started by creating a white card base. I then added a bit of shimmerz paints to create the background wash. I then die-cut the circle frame in white and added a bit of pink color to it too. Let this panel dry.

I diecut the butterfly parts. To the back solid piece, I stamped and embossed part of the Lilac flower using white embossing powder. Sponge distress ink to this.

Apply lots of Spectrum Noir clear shimmer to the top part of the butterfly. Layer them together.


Stamp and emboss the sentiment. Assemble everything together. To finish add some gems.

Hope you enjoyed ths CAS card with emboss resist technique. Have a nice day!







Sun 17

Making Stencils out of Your Metal Dies
by Laura Fulcher


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:


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).


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. 


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:


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:


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!






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.


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!





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.


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.


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.


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?


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.  


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. 


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







Sat 02

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



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.


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.


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







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. 


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.

This sentiment is one I can see using again and again in cards to friends. I hope you have a wonderful and crafty weekend!





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.


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.

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!





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?


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


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