I belong to group where we send out birthday cards to other members. Somehow I was assigned two members this month to send to. Oops! But that gives me more time for stamping, that is ok with me! I will share the other one later in the week. All of the items used will be linked below.
- Die cut a circle onto a scrap piece of cardstock.
- Trim a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 3.75×5 inches.
- Lay the piece of cardstock that now has a circle shaped hole in it over the piece of Whisper White cardstock and tape it down (I like the thin blue painters tape, comes off clean) so that your exposed circle is centered on the Whisper White cardstock, and slightly towards the top.
- Choose two coordinating colors of dye ink. I used Melon Mambo and Hello Honey. Starting with the lightest color, sponge the ink onto the exposed circle towards the top of the circle, using circular motions, with a clean dauber. It is ok if you get lines, just keep sponging, adding more ink as needed, until it is blended. When you are done with the lightest color, start with the darker color, using a new dauber, repeating the above steps. After you have applied both the light and dark colors, you might want to go back with the lightest color again and blend the two colors together. That way you will get a seamless transition between the light and dark colors.
- Keeping the mask on the Whisper White cardstock, ink up the fern image from Butterfly Basics stamp set with the Basic Gray Archival Inkpad. Stamp in the lower right side of your exposed circle. Without reinking, stamp it again, slightly off of the image you just stamped. This will cause there to be a slight shadow of the fern, making it look like there are more ferns further back in your image, adding depth. Do this again 1-2 more times (ink the image, stamp it, then stamp it again) until the image to to your liking.
- Remove the mask. Ink the fern image again in Versamark. Stamp the whole image over the front of the card, overlapping the circle. Emboss with black embossing powder.
- Stamp the Happy Birthday image from the Butterfly Basics set in the center of the circle, on the left side using Basic Black Archival Ink.
- Using your Big Shot, die cut 3 butterflies out of vellum. I used the now retired Beautiful Wings Embosslits, but you can use any butterfly dies or punches that you might have (Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, as well as numerous butterfly punches!).
- Carefully drag the edge of your card front over the Melon Mambo ink pad. This will give a bit of visual interest to the card, framing it a bit.
- Tie a piece of ribbon around your card front, knotting towards the left side.
- Adhere the vellum butterflies onto your card front, using adhesive only on the middle (body) of the butterfly.
- Trim a piece of Hello Honey cardstock to 4.25×11 inches then score at 5.5 inches, creating a top folding card.
- Adhere the cardfront to the front of the card.
- Sit back and admire!
- Clean up so your husband doesn’t fall over when he sees the mess you have created 😉
Really, this card is so much easier than it seems. It took me about 45 minutes after I figured out what I wanted to do. You should see my rejects though!!! LOL If you have any questions let me know.
And I promise, my photography skills will improve! This was just a quickie using my cell phone.
Have a great day!