Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The One With Butterflies On Every Card

Bokeh technique background + SU Butterflies Thinlits Dies #cardmaking #papercrafts #StampinUp

Butterfly trends may come and go, but if they are something you love they tend to wind up on your cards and other papercraft projects fairly often. Then along comes a particularly beautiful butterfly stamp or embellishment that you simply must have. Whether you have 1 or 100 in your collection, life will not be complete without said new butterfly.

I'm pretty sure that when everyone got to page 26 of the Occasions Catalog and spotted the new Butterflies Thinlits Dies, the squeals of delight around the country could be heard at the Stampin' Up! offices in Utah! This set of beautiful dies has been so popular it wiped out the entire inventory almost immediately (no worries - they are back in stock!).

It wasn't too surprising then, to arrive at our team make & take swap session to find that nearly half of the cards utilized these butterfly dies in one way or another. Take a look at what we created at our stampin' party:

Stampin' Up! Butterflies Thinlits Dies + Hello You Thinlits Dies #cardmaking #papercrafts #StampinUp

Another trendy and popular item has been the Hello You Thinlits Dies. Pair die-cut images (happy, hello, thanks, you) with any stamped greeting or phrase for a customized card or project. These dies coordinate perfectly with the new Crazy About You stamp set filled with a boatload of words and phrases to create just about any type of greeting imaginable.

Butterfly Basics stamp set + Butterflies Thinlits Dies = beautiful birthday card #cardmaking #papercrafts #StampinUp

This beautiful birthday card features many images from the Butterfly Basics stamp set. Because the set is very eclectic, you can mix and match the images until your fingers are numb and never get it wrong! Notice the birthday greeting? Yes, it's stamped on vellum cardstock, but check out the bling dotting the i in Birthday!

All Occasion card with Butterfly Basics Bundle (stamps + dies). #papercrafts #cardmaking #StampinUp

This simple and lovely all occasion card uses a paper doily as a background layer. This card can be created in a snap and it looks beautiful.

Thinking of You card with butterfly cutout. Simple and cute! #papercrafts #cardmaking #StampinUp

This was my card for the swap/stampin' party. The card base is embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder to give this clean and simple card a bit of subtle texture in the background. Although it isn't visible in this photo, many of the tiny flowers on this patterned paper have Daffodil Delight centers.

Butterfly punch + vellum creates a peek-a-boo window card. #cardmaking #papercrafts #StampinUp

This simple all ocassion card provides a butterfly shaped peek-a-boo window to the inside of the card. There are so many possibilities for this idea it boggles the mind!

Use matching or coordinating paper inside the card to peek through the "window". #cardmaking #papercrafts #StampinUp

Choose any coordinating color for the inside of the card, or as this artist did, use the same designer series paper. Either way, you'll get a muted look showing through the vellum.

Double layer die-cut butterfly + sequins + lace trim! Ooh La La!! #papercrafts #cardmaking #StampinUp

This beauty was so fun to make with a little of everything! Notice the die-cut butterfly is actually two layers combined together. Although it's hard to see in this photo, the bottom layer was cut from the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (free Sale-a-Bration product).

Thank You card in shades of teal (Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo). #cardmaking #papercrafts #StampinUp

This card might be called Teal monochromatic ombre. The lacy butterfly from the Butterfly Basics stamp set is stamped using Coastal Cabana ink on Coastal Cabana cardstock. It is layered on a die-cut panel of Bermuda Bay, which rests on a embossed background panel of Island Indigo. Beautiful colors!

Butterfly die-cut from glimmer paper with a bokeh technique background. Stunning!! #papercrafts #cardmaking #StampinUp

This gorgeous card features a background panel using the bokeh technique: Spritz watercolor paper with plain water until it is very saturated. (Tip: Use painter's tape to tape down the watercolor paper. This keeps your paper from moving while working and also keeps the water and ink from seeping underneath the paper.)

Using ink refill bottles, drop ink randomly onto the saturated paper. Use three or four colors of coordinating ink. The ink will run together creating beautiful messy patterns. Allow the piece to dry completely or use the heat tool to speed up the process.

Punch and/or die-cut circles of various sizes in a Window Sheet. Use the sheet as a mask over the prepared and dried watercolor paper. Use a Sponge Dauber or Stamping Sponges to apply White craft ink (or Metallic Silver or Gold) to the project. For the smallest circles, the artist used a pencil eraser dipped in Silver Metallic ink.

I hope you enjoyed all the butterfly projects today. I still have two more projects to share with you from this gathering and you don't want to miss these. They are over the top!

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  1. Love the bokeh technique card, it's beautiful. Thanks so much for the step by step instructions, can't wait to try it. :)

    1. You're welcome ... but be careful, it's kind of addicting! ;)


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