Sunday 24 March 2019

Butterflies Squared

I loved Freshly Made Sketch's challenge #380:
It's pleasingly symmetrical, but with some room to play. I decided to try graduating the colour of some butterflies, by sponging three shades of blue in a continuum (golly, that's hard to spell!) on card to punch them out of. This led me (in an impressive feat of memory, if I do say so myself!) to recall the washed DSP 'Perfectly Artistic' from a couple of years ago, which I had lurking in the craft cupboard. A bit of judicious die cutting and the backgrounds for the butterflies were graduated as well. I embossed some delicate silverwork on that background with the help of a stamp from Needle and Thread. Finally, when I went to attach the butterflies, I decided to make them fly around a bit, rather than obey the symmetry of all the rest. 
Here's the result: 

Stampin' Up! card. (Marina Mist, Whisper White, silver), ink (Marina Mist, Balmy Blue, Soft Sky, Basic Black), stamps (Butterfly Gala, Needle and Thread), dies (Rectangle Stitched, Circle Collection, Layering Circles) Subtle embossing folder, silver embossing powder
Other: Versamark, francheville rhinestones, some random silver thread I have but don't know where I got. 


  1. Your ombre butterflies look gorgeous against the circular backgrounds! Beautiful card! Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

  2. Gorgeous card. Love your take on the Freshly Made Sketches challenge and a butterfly inside the card, such a beautiful add-on. - Sweet Kobylkin
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  3. Beautiful design! I love the movement you gave to the butterflies. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  4. Love this design, Jo! The fluttering butterflies is the right choice, I think. It's a fabulous card.