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Patio Butterflies

I was honoured to be asked to be a Guest Designer for Sunday Stamps this week! I've enjoyed playing along for the last several challenges and look forward to many more. Here is this week's sketch and my design:

Paper: Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit, Patio Party DSP
Stamps: Fabulous Florets
Ink: Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit
Accessories: Jewels, Midnight Muse Satin Stitched Ribbon
Tools: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslit

When I saw the butterflies in the sketch, I immediately thought of all those tiny butterflies in the Patio Party DSP. To add a little interest (and it's hard to tell in the photos), I stamped the large leaf image from the Fabulous Florets set in VersaMark, covered it in clear embossing powder and heated it. After all was dry, I got out my Brayer and brayered Midnight Muse ink all over the DSP. This allowed my leaf image to pop because the butterflies that were captured behind the clear embossing powder stayed lighter and you can still see the rest of the DSP, although darker, under the brayered ink. Cool, eh?!

I mounted the DSP on some Summer Starfruit card stock and punched a border in the same colour with my Scallop Trim border punch. I also added some Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon for more texture. I used my Beautiful Wings embosslit to get all the butterflies and scattered them across the front - I saved the largest one for inside the card. For the sentiment, I stamped one of the floral images in Summer Starfruit on Summer Starfruit card stock, added some Dazzling Diamonds to the center and stamped the sentiment from Petite Pairs in the center in Midnight Muse ink. Then I fussy-cut the flower out and popped it up with Dimensionals.

What do you think?

Until next time, stay crafty!


  1. Perfect DSP for this challenge and I just adore what you did with the leaf, what a great idea!

  2. This came out great Steph. I love the color combo you used. The yellow really pops! So glad you could join us as a Guest Designer this week at Sunday Stamps!

  3. This is so clever - I love how those butterflies pop out of the "leaves" that you masked them with. What an inspiration! Glad you joined us as a Guest Designer this week at Sunday Stamps.

  4. this is an awesome card, great is nice to be guesting along side of you....hope you have a fabby day!

    enjoy *~*

  5. A-ha!! I was wondering how you did that! I was determined to figure it out from just the photo before I read your blog, but I just couldn't get it. Absolutely lovely effect it gave - this is a gorgeous card!

    Glad to have you as a guest designer :) I love seeing your work.

  6. Such a cool effect with the clear embossed bit...great idea Steph! I also love that you stamped the sentiment on the blossom.

  7. Congratulations on your Guest Designer spots with us over at Sunday Stamps :) LOVE what you did with the leaf, such a cool technique!!!


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