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Butterfly Gala -- Hello Beautiful

Happy Friday!

Today's post is a continuation on the theme of highlighting some of the retiring product from the 2020 -2021 Annual Catalog and January - June Mini Catalog.  Stampin' Up! recently released the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle (with a stunning butterfly background stamp and amazing dies) as a Sneak Peek for the upcoming 2021 - 2022 Annual Catalog.  I didn't order the bundle because I have a couple of beautiful butterfly stamp sets that coordinate with the Butterfly Duet punch:  Butterfly Gala and Butterfly Wishes.  Unfortunately, both of those stamp sets, and the punch, are now on the Annual Catalog Retiring List.  Sigh...

REMINDER!!  The Retiring Lists for the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog and the January - June Mini Catalog have been released.  To see the list of retiring items from the 2020 -2021 Annual Catalog, click here.  Note that some of the items on this list have been discounted and all are available while supplies last.  To see the list of retiring items from the January - June Mini Catalog, click here.  Since this Mini Catalog goes until the end of June, Stampin' Up! hasn't determined whether to apply discounts to these items...yet.  But looking at this list will give you a good idea of what will be carrying over to the new Annual Catalog.

This project showcases the RETIRING ITEMS of:  Butterfly Gala stamp set, Butterfly Duet punch, Brass Foil Sheets, Scripty 3D Embossing Folder, Stitched Nested Labels dies, Pretty Peacock (cardstock and Stampin' Blends Combo Pack), Terracotta Tile (cardstock),  Mango Melody Stampin' Blends Combo Pack, Purple Posy Stampin' Blends Combo Pack, Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends Combo Pack, Rococco Rose Stampin' Blends Combo Pack, and Seaside Spray Stampin' Blends Combo Pack.

ButterflyGala_HelloBeautiful

This card begins with a panel of Brass Foil Sheets embossed with the Scripty 3D Embossing Folder.  The embossed panel was matted with a slightly larger panel of Pretty Peacock cardstock and then adhered at the center of the Terracotta Tile card front.  A strip of Pretty Peacock cardstock was adhered vertically near the left side of the Brass Foil Sheets panel with the left side of the cardstock strip 1/2" from the left side of the Brass Foil Sheets panel and the top and bottom edges of the cardstock strip flush with the top and bottom edges of the Brass Foil Sheets panel. 

The "Hello Beautiful" greeting was stamped on Basic White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and die cut with the Stitched Nested Labels dies (1-3/16" x 2-1/4").  A piece of Terracotta Tile cardstock was die cut with the same Stitched Nested Label die used for the greeting.  However, this time the outer part of the die cut will be used.  Paper Snips were used to trim along the outside indent along the die cut stitched edge of the label to create a narrow band that fits around the Basic White greeting die cut.  A piece of Basic White cardstock slightly larger than the Terracotta Tile narrow band was covered with Stampin' Seal adhesive.  The Basic White die cut greeting was placed in the middle of the adhesive-covered cardstock and then the Terracotta Tile narrow band placed around the greeting die cut.  Paper Snips were used to trim around the outside edge of the Terracotta Tile narrow band.  The greeting die cut was adhered to the card front with the bottom edge of the Terracotta Tile narrow band 5/8" above the bottom edge of the Brass Foil Sheets and the right pointed end of the Terracotta Tile narrow band flush with the right edge of the Brass Foil Sheets.

Now it's time to color!  The two doodle butterfly images were stamped two times each on Thick Basic White cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink for a total of 4 sets of butterflies.  The large butterfly body was stamped along the center of the large butterflies and the small butterfly body was stamped along the center of the small butterflies using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Stampin' Blends Markers were used to color the butterflies.  I decided to use all the Stampin' Blends Markers on the Retiring List:  Mango Melody, Pretty Peacock, Purple Posy, Rich Razzleberry, Rococco Rose, and Seaside Spray.  The coloring you see in the photo for each of the butterflies is a combination of the light and dark shades of a combination of 3 colors for each of the butterflies--both large and small.  Once the coloring was completed, the butterflies were punched using the Butterfly Duet punch.

Stampin' Dimensionals were adhered to the back of each of the large butterflies and the butterflies arranged vertically on the Pretty Peacock strip.  PRIOR to adhering the butterflies to the card front, the large antenna image was stamped four times on the Pretty Peacock strip using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  To do this, I placed the butterflies where I wanted them, made a mark on the Pretty Peacock strip just above the top of each butterfly body with a pencil, removed the butterflies, and then stamped the antenna at each mark with the bottom of the antenna on each mark.  The butterflies were then adhered to the card front to line up with the antennae.

ButterflyGala_HelloBeautiful_Inside

The "The Good Things In Life Are Better With You" sentiment was stamped near the bottom left corner of a Basic White panel using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The bottom edge of the sentiment is 1/16" above the bottom edge of the panel and the left side of the "G" in "Good" is 3/4" from the left side of the panel.  The four small butterflies were adhered around the sentiment using Mini Glue Dots.  The small antenna image was stamped above each butterfly using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The panel was adhered at the center of the inside sentiment area of the card base.

ButterflyGala_HelloBeautiful_Envelope

A piece of tape was placed over the small butterfly on the open wing butterfly and the stamp inked with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, the tape removed, and the image stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Basic White Envelope at a bit of an angle.  The masking process for the small butterfly was repeated, the stamp reinked, the tape removed, and the butterfly stamped immediately above the first butterfly at a slight angle opposing the first butterfly.  The process was repeated one more time with the butterfly stamped immediately above the second butterfly at an opposing angle to the second butterfly.  A scrap piece of cardstock was placed inside the envelope behind the stamped butterflies and the butterflies colored with Stampin' Blends Markers (the cardstock keeps the ink from the Stampin' Blends Markers from bleeding through to the back of the envelope).  Once the coloring was completed, the cardstock was removed from the envelope.

I enjoy the process of coloring and try to do it at every opportunity.  There are so many ways to color an image:  Stampin' Blends Markers, Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens, Reinker and Blender Pens, Reinker and Water Painters on Watercolor paper, etc.  Give each of these techniques a try to see what works for you.

Robertssiggy

Card Measurements

Basic White:  2 @ 2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Thick Basic White:  4 @ 2-1/2" x 3"; Pretty Peacock:  4" x 5-1/4", 5/8" x 5-1/8"; Terracotta Tile:  2" x 3", 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Brass Foil Sheets:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8"

Supplies I used to make this card

Stamps:  Butterfly Gala; Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black; Stampin' Blends Markers:  Mango Melody, Pretty Peacock, Purple Posy, Rich Razzleberry, Rococco Rose, Seaside Spray; Cardstock:  Basic White, Thick Basic White, Pretty Peacock, Terracotta Tile, Brass Foil Sheets; Tools:  Butterfly Duet punch, Scripty 3D Embossing Folder, Stitched Nested Labels, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope

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