Welcome to the NC Demos Blog Hop! We are so glad you are here! You might have already stopped by Jo Anne Hewins’ post and know this month’s theme, but if you are just popping in this month’s theme is “Something Old & Something New”.
I have loved butterflies ever since I was in Kindergarten and we studied monarch butterflies as they migrated through New York. I was fascinated by their amazing migration journey and the whole metamorphosis. I was amazed at how they would huddle together on the trees as they overwinter in Central Mexico or Southern California. By working together, they could survive the winter and breed the next generation.
In working on the card for this post, I realized that I had not used the Butterfly Brilliance stamp set in awhile, despite my love of butterflies. I was excited that it carried over from last year’s catalog and decided to use it for this project. I needed a sentiment and was attracted to the Stepping Stones stamp set from the new 2022 -2023 Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog. It is filled with quotations, ranging from William Prescott to Mark Twain to Dante Alighieri. It was actually a quotation from Helen Keller that caught my attention as a perfect fit for the butterflies.
To create the card, I stamped the butterflies on a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Very Vanilla using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I colored in the butterflies using the 2022-2024 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers. I thought about recreating real butterflies like Monarchs but decided to play with the new In Colors and create my own butterflies. I then stamped the sentiment using Orchid Oasis on Very Vanilla cardstock. I used the Stitched So Sweetly dies which (unfortunately) just retired. (As an alternate you could use the Stitched Rectangle Dies.) I used a sponge dauber to color the edges of the sentiment piece with Orchid Oasis ink. I then attached the sentiment piece to the card front using dimensionals and then attached the card front to a Basic Black card base using Stampin’ Seal. As a final touch, I added a few Brushed Brass Butterflies to the card.
Thank you for letting me share my project. Please stop by and see Toni Campana’s post. I know it will be great!
- Stepping Stones stamp set
- Butterfly Brilliance stamp set
- Brushed Brass Butterflies
- Very Vanilla cardstock
- Basic Black cardstock
- 2022-2024 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers
- Stitched So Sweetly dies (retired) – Alternate: Stitched Rectangle Dies