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Turquoise Butterfly Garden

Hello, and welcome back! I’m on the Pinkfresh blog today with a lovely turquoise and gold circle card! I was happy to combine their Butterfly Garden suite with the Small Butterflies stampstencil, and die (a hot foil plate is also available). I used a turquoise and gold palette to help set a magical scene.

I started with a large panel of white cardstock. I grabbed a circle die and outlined it with a pencil onto the paper. Then, I used inks from the new Amalfi Coast collection: Waterfall, Turquoise, and Atlantis to blend color just inside the circle in the area that I wanted to. I started with the lightest shade, then worked my way to Atlantis, brushing it lightly along the border. Then, I used that circle die and cut it out. I splattered it lightly with some black gouache, masking the center with another smaller circle, then set it aside to dry.

You can, of course, die-cut it and then ink-blend your colors. I usually prefer to brush the color on before I cut it out so I don’t get unintended ink build-up on the edge of the die-cut—just a personal preference.

Then I pulled out the charming Butterfly Garden stamp and heat embossed the image with Wow’s Gold Pearl embossing powder on another panel of white cardstock. I used the stencil to color some stems with inks from the Amalfi Coast collection. But for some of the stems, I used Warm Buff and Doe with a bit of Apricot lightly brushed on top to warm up the brown and bring it closer to a caramel tone. When everything was colored, I die-cut it all out and set them aside.

Then, it was time to make a butterfly! Woot! I feel like the sky’s the limit when coloring in butterflies. They’re almost magical.

I stamped out the Small Butterflies stamp with a light colored ink. Leaving the stamp in the platform, I again used some of the new blue inks (and a small amount of black for a bold contrast) with the Small Butterflies stencil to color in just a few butterflies. Then l put the cardstock panel back into my MISTI and stamped over it with Detail Black ink. Then, I used one of the stencils to apply gold glitter gel to one of the butterflies, let it dry, and die-cut it out.

Before I adhered my topping panel to the cardbase, I put it back into the stamping platform and used the new Waterfall and Turquoise inks to stamp a few floral stems directly onto the circle. Just to help provide a 3-dimensional scene.

I adhered my topping panel with fun foam. I acquired my sentiment from the With Love stamp set (I wanted my sentiment to be relatively small and not be too dominant over the pretty scene). I adhered the stems and butterfly with small pieces of foam tape; then, I used scissors to cut off the parts of the stem that went off of the card. I scattered some Gold Glitter Drops on the card, and I was done!

I hope some of these design choices have inspired you to make something new today! Thanks so much for stopping by!


This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Charlene

    Anne, your work is always so pretty, delicate and inspiring. Keep up the great creations. THanks for sharing.


    1. Anne

      Charlene! That’s so kind of you to say. Thank you! 😊

  2. Michele F

    Butterflies?! and on my birthday!! SO beautiful, Anne! Those that we bloom on our front porch wish they were this sparkly!

    1. Anne

      Oh, Happy Birthday!! 🥳❤️😁 Thanks so much for stopping by, Michele!

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