Here in East Central Florida we've enjoyed a most spectacular Spring for the last couple of months, interspersed with a few days of rain and cold. The flowers are blooming, the pollen is flying, and the temperatures are starting to become balmy. I just love it! Well...except for the pollen part. With the great temperatures I've had the house opened up and most everything is covered with a light yellow haze from the oak pollen (my house is surrounded by water oaks). A small price to pay when in a week or so I'll be closing up the house again when the temperatures start climbing into the 80s on a regular basis.
With Easter just around the corner, I knew I needed to make an Easter card for my Stamp Club members, but I didn't want to buy an Easter-themed stamp set. I started looking through my stack of new stamps and found Watercolor Wings. A stamp set that I just had to have, ordered it as soon as it was available, and have never used it. Then I thought about the butterfly print in the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper and the colors used... There's my Easter card!
I wish I could say that this card just jumped into my hand with a completed design; but it didn't. I fought with this baby for two days. For some reason, I just could not get the vision in my brain to translate to a completed card. Then I went to the laundry room to change out a load of clothes and when I came back to my work room the issues finally resolved themselves. Sometimes you just have to walk away and let your mind clear. Folding clothes can do that...
This card begins with a card base of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock. A slightly smaller piece of Blushing Bride cardstock was embossed with the Big Shot using the Petal Burst Textured Impressions embossing folder and adhered at the center of the card front. A thin strip of Sweet Sugarplum glimmer paper from the Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack (now sadly sold out and retired--I'll talk about how to make your own later in this post) was adhered near the left edge of the embossed panel. A strip of the butterfly print paper from the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Soft Sky cardstock and adhered near the left edge of the embossed panel to expose 1/4" of the glimmer paper to the left of the butterfly paper/cardstock panel.
The "May Peace Be Your Gift This Easter" greeting, from the Suite Sentiments stamp set, was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Sweet Sugarplum ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. A piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot and a scallop oval framelit from the Layering Ovals Framelits. The two die cuts were adhered together and then adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals. Note that the right edge of the matted greeting is approximately 1/4" from the right edge of the embossed panel.
The Watercolor Wings stamp set is one of the multi-layered image stamp sets in photopolymer. I chose to use the smaller of the two butterflies included in the stamp set. The top butterfly uses the background stamp in Blushing Bride, the outer edges of the wings image using Sweet Sugarplum, and the inner wing image using Sweet Sugarplum. All of these stamped one on top of the other on Very Vanilla cardstock. (Tip: For photopolymer stamps--especially the ones that have multiple layers of images--it is always best to use the Stampin' Pierce Mat to achieve the best results.) The butterfly was die cut with the Big Shot using the small butterfly framelit from the Butterflies Thinlits. Then the small butterfly body was stamped between the wings using Tip Top Taupe ink. (I can attest that it is better to stamp the butterfly body AFTER die cutting the butterfly as stamping before die cutting tends to decimate the butterfly body. Just sayin'...) The wings of the die cut butterfly were gently folded up at the body and two Mini Glue Dots placed on the back of the body of the butterfly. Then the butterfly was adhered to the card front above and to the left of the greeting.
The bottom butterfly uses the background stamp in Soft Sky and die cut with the Big Shot using the small butterfly framelit from the Butterflies Thinlits. The wings of the die cut butterfly were gently folded up at the "body" area and two Mini Glue Dots placed on the back of the body of the butterfly. The butterfly was adhered to the card front below and to the right of the greeting. A piece of Sweet Sugarplum glimmer paper was die cut with the Big Shot using the small butterfly thinlit from the Bold Butterfly Framelits. The wings of the detail butterfly were gently folded up at the "body" area and two Mini Glue Dots placed on the back of the body of the butterfly. The detailed butterfly was adhered at the center of the Soft Sky butterfly.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. A thin strip of the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper was adhered across the center of a larger piece of Soft Sky cardstock with the right and left edges of the paper strip flush with the right and left edges of the cardstock. This element was adhered along the top edge of the liner. The "Wishing You All The Beautiful Blessings Of Easter" sentiment, from the Suite Sayings stamp set, was stamped at the upper left center of the liner using Tip Top Taupe ink. A die cut butterfly, created as described for the butterfly at the top of the card front, was adhered with two Mini Glue Dots adhered behind the body of the butterfly (the wings are gently folded as with the butterflies on the card front).
The butterfly at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope was stamped using the same process used for the butterfly at the top of the card front and for the liner; of course, this butterfly was not die cut.
I mentioned earlier that the Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack has sold out and is no longer available for selection. The good news is that you can still have Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron, or Bermuda Bay glimmer paper or any other color you'd like for that matter. Here's how you do it:
- Place a sheet (or cut section) of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper on a protected work surface (brown paper, a couple of sheets of grid paper, plastic, etc.)
- In a Stampin' Spritzer, fill approximately 3/4 full with 70% Alcohol
- Add 3-4 drops of re-inker and replace cap. Gently rotate from side to side to mix
- Look at the cap to identify the spraying nozzle
- Holding spritzer approximately 6-8 inches above the glimmer paper, point the spraying nozzle toward the paper and spritz the color onto the glimmer paper until covered
- Set glimmer paper aside to dry completely. You can use the heat tool on a low setting but it's better to let the paper air dry, if possible
You may be wondering why I added #4. Let's just say that I have some interestingly decorated shirts...
Card Measurements --
Blushing Bride: 4" x 5-1/4"; Soft Sky: 1-3/8" x 5-1/8", 3/4" x 4"; Sweet Sugarplum: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 2-1/2" x 3-1/2"; Very Vanilla: 3 @ 2" x 2-1/2", 2-1/2" x 3-1/2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Falling In Love Designer Series Paper: 1-1/4" x 5", 1/2" x 4"; Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack (Sweet Sugarplum): 2" x 2-1/2", 1/2" x 5-1/8"
Supplies I used to make this card --
Stamps: Watercolor Wings, Suite Sentiments, Suite Sayings; Inks: Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Sweet Sugarplum, Tip Top Taupe; Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla, Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack (Retired); Designer Series Paper: Falling In Love; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform and/or Precision Base Plate, Multipurpose Platform, Petal Burst Textured Impressions embossing folder, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits; Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope