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Butterfly Wishes -- A Sweet Friendship

Hi there!

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.  

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 Wishes stamp set, Terracotta Tile Scalloped Linen ribbon, Terracotta Tile (ink, reinker, cardstock).

One of my most vivid memories of living in Washington, DC was the annual trek to the Reflecting Pool to see the Cherry Blossoms in bloom.  The dogwoods bloom at the same time and are just as populous in the area, so the combination of the two is just stunning to behold on a Spring day when the temperatures are finally beginning to warm up, the skies are a glorious blue, and everyone is so very happy to be outside enjoying the view.  When I saw this stamp set, I was more drawn to the blooms on the branch than to the butterflies as it brought back the cherry blossoms for me.  

ButterflyWishes_ASweetFriendship

Stampin' Write Markers were used to ink the branch with blossoms image using Flirty Flamingo for the blooms, Garden Green for the leaves, and Soft Suede for the stem.  The image was stamped across a piece of Basic White cardstock.  Tip:  Huff your breath over an image inked with markers to remoisten the ink immediately prior to stamping.  The image was inked again with the markers and then stamped a second time with the image flipped so that it comes from the opposite side of the paper.  The Basic White cardstock was die cut with the 2-1/2" x 3-5/8" scalloped rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly dies.  The flowers of the image were inked again with the Flirty Flamingo marker and stamped on Basic White cardstock, re-inked and stamped a second time on the cardstock.  The flowers were fussy cut with Paper Snips and adhered over the stamped blooms using Mini Glue Dots. 

The "A sweet friendship refreshes the soul" greeting was stamped along the bottom edge of the die cut using Terracotta Tile ink.

The medium-sized open wing butterfly was inked with Terracotta Tile ink and the brush tip of the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker was used to color the body, antennae, and add accents to the wing of the butterfly.  The butterfly was stamped on Basic White cardstock and fussy cut with Paper Snips.  A rolled up Mini Glue Dot was adhered behind the body of the butterfly and the butterfly adhered to the blossoms focal point near the center.

ButterflyWishes_ASweetFriendship_WatercolorPanel

A drop of Flirty Flamingo ink was placed in the open lid of the Flirty Flamingo ink pad and diluted with a bit of water.  The same process was used for the Garden Green ink pad and reinker and the Terracotta Tile ink pad and reinker.  The flat edged brush from the Water Painters brush set was used to pick up the Flirty Flamingo water-diluted reinker and swipe it in wide strokes diagonally across a DRY piece of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper leaving randomly sized spaces between the strokes.  Terracotta Tile water-diluted reinker was swiped between the strokes of Flirty Flamingo on the Watercolor Paper.  Note that in the panel shown above, you can see that the panel was not completely covered in these two ink colors and the colors were allowed to overlap.

The brush was cleaned with clean water and then used to pick up Garden Green water-diluted reinker.  This time the brush was held about 5 inches above the paper and the brush tapped to cause drops of Garden Green to scatter across the panel.  Move the brush from side to side to randomly cover the panel with the green dots.  Let the panel dry (or use a Heat Tool to speed up the process) and then LIGHTLY spritz clear water over the panel.  Let the panel dry (or use the Heat Tool to speed up the process).

Once the panel is completely dry, adhere the watercolor paper at the center of a slightly larger mat of Garden Green cardstock.  (Note that Tear & Tape Adhesive or Stampin' Seal+ may provide a flatter seal between the two pieces of paper.)  Wrap a piece of Terracotta Tile Scalloped Edge Linen ribbon around the two panels and adhere the ribbon at the back of the Garden Green panel.  The bottom edge of the ribbon is 1-1/4" above the bottom edge of the Watercolor Paper panel.  Adhere the panels at the center of the Terracotta Tile card front.  Adhere the blossoms focal point to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals with the bottom edge of the focal point 1/4" above the bottom edge of the Watercolor Paper and the right edge of the focal point 3/8" from the right edge of the Watercolor Paper.

ButterflyWishes_ASweetFriendship_Inside

The single blossom image was stamped three times over the top edge of a Post-It Note (the repositionable adhesive is on the back of the top edge) and Paper Snips used to fussy cut the flowers.  Flirty Flamingo and Terracotta Tile inks were used to randomly stamp the single flower image across the top edge and along the left side of a panel of Basic White cardstock.  The masks were placed over adjacent flowers and the single leaf image stamped between the flower petals using Garden Green ink.   The masks were removed from the first four flowers to the next adjacent four flowers and the process repeated for the leaves.  The process was repeated one more time to complete adding the leaves to the flowers.

The "It was a perfect day because of you" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the panel using Garden Green ink.  The panel was adhered at the center of the inside sentiment area of the card base.

ButterflyWishes_ASweetFriendship_Envelope

Flirty Flamingo and Terracotta Tile inks were used to randomly stamp the single flower image across the envelope flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope.  The flower masks were placed over adjacent flowers and the single leaf image stamped between the flower petals using Garden Green ink.   The masks were removed from the first four flowers to the next adjacent four flowers and the process repeated for the leaves.  The process was repeated one more time to complete adding the leaves to the flowers.  Tip:  A piece of scrap paper was placed between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to keep the stamping confined to the envelope flap.

We're down to the last days of the 2020 - 2021 Annual Catalog.  I hope that you've gone through the Retiring List to ensure that you have all the items that you identified on your Wish List.  Remember that the items on the Retiring List are only available while supplies last.  For the most current listing of items, but sure to go to the Stampin' Up! On-line Store and look under the Sales & Specials tab for the Last Chance Products Sale hotlink.  

Robertssiggy

Card Measurements

Basic White:  3" x 4", 1-1/2" x 1-1/2", 3-1/2" x 4-1/4", 4" x 5-1/4"; Garden Green:  4" x 5-1/4"; Terracotta Tile:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Watercolor Paper:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Terracotta Tile Scalloped Edge Linen ribbon:  7"

Supplies I used to make this card

Stamps:  Butterfly Wishes; Inks and Reinkers:  Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Terracotta Tile; Stampin' Write Markers:  Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Basic White, Garden Green, Terracotta Tile, Watercolor Paper; Embellishments:  Terracotta Tile Scalloped Edge Linen ribbon; Tools:  Water Painters, Stitched So Sweetly dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid, Mini Glue Dots; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope

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