• Donna Biderman

Butterfly beauty - maybe my favorite card ever

Updated: Dec 24, 2020

This may be my favorite card I ever made - and since I've been stamping cards since 1998, that's saying quite a lot! It is simple and yet completely gorgeous. This card can be used for almost any occasion. I've made this card in a few variations and colors, and included a variation in my Butterfly Beauty dies tutorial in September 2020 found here.

I partially watercolored a sheet of watercolor paper, ran it through the SU! Cut and Emboss machine with Old World Paper embossing folder, then added die cut butterflies before mounting it and finishing with rhinestones. So elegant and beautiful!

Ingredients: Watercolor paper (you can use whisper white but need to be more careful with the water); pumpkin pie, whisper white and basic black cardstocks; crushed curry and pumpkin pie ink; sponge; water painter; old world embossing folder; butterfly beauty dies; liquid glue and glue dots; and rhinestones. Also uses SU! Cut and Emboss machine.

Recipe: Cut a piece of whisper white horizontally down the middle to measure 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, score across the middle at 4 1/4, and fold the top down to create a card base that is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 and opens along the long edge. Wipe a sponge quarter into crushed curry ink, then swipe on watercolor paper in a Z pattern. Repeat with pumpkin pie, adding the deeper color on top of the lighter and using less ink. Using a waterpainter, spread the colors as you wish, then let dry completely. Run through the SU! cut and emboss machine with the old world embossing folder. Cut watercolor paper to 5 x 3 3/4. Make sure to cut it after you use the embossing folder and not before, as the size will change when it runs through the folder. Cut a piece of basic black cardstock to 5 1/4 x 4. Adhere the black cs to the white card base, and the watercolor piece to the black cs, using liquid glue (watercolor paper must be completely dry to stick properly). Run the large bottom butterfly piece (thicker) through the cut and emboss machine on pumpkin pie cs. Run the top large bottom butterfly piece (thinner) through the cut and emboss machine on black cs. Cut the five butterflies apart and round the edges you cut. Save the two largest butterflies for another project. Of the remaining three butterflies, adhere the largest orange in the middle of the card to the watercolor piece with a glue dot under the butterfly body. Adhere the black butterfly on top of the orange with another glue dot. Repeat on each side with the smaller butterflies. Pull up on the wings of the top butterflies so it looks like they are flying off the paper. Voila!

I have also varied the colors and butterfly placement. For the garden green and pumpkin pie butterfly card below, I used the cut off watercolor paper scrap to add the sentiment and backed it on a piece of cardstock cut with the postage stamp punch. (Sentiment from Blossoms in Bloom).

If you try this, please tag stampingfunwithdonna and let me know!

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