Happy Birthday with Butterflies

Here is a card I made for my sister-in-law’s birthday. It is larger than I usually make cards (7.25″ x 5″), because I am going to hand deliver it to her when she and her family visit in a few weeks.

I used a new technique I learned recently on the stamped butterfly images. I stamped with VersaMark, then embossed with white embossing powder. I dabbed some Ranger Distress Inks onto a large acrylic stamp block and used that as a palette. I used an AquaMarker to pick up the ink color and do a gradient colorwash over the unembossed areas.

I also recently discovered PerfectPearls and used some as accents on the left edge of the kraft cardstock, and on the tips of the sentiment border.

Thanks for looking!

Cardstock: The Paper Company (Kraft), Bazzill Basics (Parakeet), Neenah Classic Crest (Solar White, Super Smooth)
Stamps: Hero Arts (Little Butterfly Frame), PTI (Fillable Frames 4)
Punches/dies: PTI (Fillable Frames 4), Martha Stewart (Garden Gate Deep Double Edge Punch)
Inks: Ranger Distress (Peeled Paint, Barn Door, Wild Honey, Dusty Concord, Tumbled Glass, Broken China); VersaMark (champagne)
Embellishments: American Crafts Embossing Powder (white)PerfectPearls, ribbon, pop dots


Happy Birthday

My husband’s grandmother’s birthday was yesterday, so I needed to make a simple and elegant card for her. One of my favorite embossing folders is Cuttlebug’s Birds and Swirls. It gives a nice deep emboss and is just so pretty! I used cream cardstock, and swiped Archive Brilliance Platinum Planet ink over the raised surface; the result was a pearly embossed pattern that was subtle but elegant. Here is my card:

Thanks for looking!


Cardstock: The Paper Company (black); Neenah Classic Crest (Natural White)
Ink: Archival Brilliance (Platinum Planet); Hero Arts Chalk Hues (Punch)
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (Fillable Frames 4)
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug (Birds and Swirls)
Other: EK Success (corner rounder); Martha Stewart (ribbon); Hero Arts (rhinestones); pop dots; adhesive