I’ve been wanting to pull out my Stampin’ Up butterfly stamp set for a while now, and the latest Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, called Add Some Shimmer, seemed like the perfect opportunity for a sparkling butterflies card. I can never get enough shimmer, and there’s lots of it to enjoy this week. Check it out, if you haven’t already. 🙂
For my card, I started with some plain white cardstock, and Stampin’ Up’s Watercolor Wash background stamp. I blended some yellow, orange and pink ink on the stamp, and then spritzed it with just a touch of water, to get a softer look, and then placed my paper on the stamp (instead of the other way around). I liked how it came out, but It needed a touch more color. So, I took some more ink, smooshed a bunch on an acrylic block, sprinkled on some Perfect Pearls for some shimmer, added just enough water to mix it up, and then used a paintbrush to “flick” spots of shimmering color over the background. It really doesn’t show up well in my photo, but it looks really nice in real life.
The butterflies were stamped with my MISTI tool. With layered stamp sets, this works brilliantly, but I could have done this with an acrylic block. The butterfly wings are made with three layered stamps, and I used two colors of ink for each set of wings. I was able to get the look of more shades by stamping some layers lighter than others. After using all three stamps, and making sure the ink was dry, I used just the smallest of the three stamps, and stamped again with Versamark ink. I then sprinkled some Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder and heat-set it. This gives a whole lot of sparkle to just part of the butterflies. I wish I could get all that sparkly goodness to really show up in a photo, but I think you can see some of it.
After the wings were done, I stamped the bodies, using Versafine Black Onyx ink, which I covered with just plain, clear embossing powder, and heat set. I then fussy-cut them, and attached them to the card, just putting adhesive on the bodies, so the wings could lift up a bit. The largest butterfly seriously leaps off the card! I used Kool Tack invisible dimensional adhesive, doubled-up, and carefully placed only under the body. I must confess that this may have to be a “deliver in person” card, as I’m not sure how well that butterfly will go through the mail… but it sure does look cool. 🙂
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a sparkly, shimmery, happy day!
Supplies (some affiliate links used – see here for full disclosure. If you make a purchase from these links, it won’t cost you any extra, but I will get a small commission, which will be used to keep this blog going. Thank you so much! SSS=Simon Says Stamp and AMZ=Amazon.com):