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Feb 20, 2018

Beautiful Butterfly

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Happy Tuesday!
I have another unscheduled post today, I purchased a couple new stamp sets and found some time this weekend to get inky. The card was quick to make too. We actually had a 4 day weekend, and had no plans as my daughter and son were both recovering from what is probably the flu. My daughter was the last one to catch it and I still have her home today. She felt better to go to school this morning but she still has too many symptoms (sneezing, runny nose, some coughing) and with how bad the flu season is this year I decided to keep her home today so she doesn't get anyone else sick. My kids do hate missing school though as they know they will have to work harder to catch up on what they missed.

The stamp set I used on today's card is Tim Holtz Mixed Media Butterflies Stamps and Stencil Set by Stampers Anonymous. I just love the versatility of the set and what a great sentiment! So inspiring! I actually made another quick card with it, but I am keeping that one for Saturday's Allsorts challenge post.

I started out by inking an acrylic block with Distress Ink Evergreen Bough,  spritzing the block with water and then using it to stamp directly onto Strathmore Bristol Vellum card stock. Next I used my Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Stamp Platform to stamp the verse and butterfly using Versafine Onyx Ink  (after making sure the distress ink was dry - I used a heating tool to speed up the drying process.) After cleaning off the black ink from the butterfly, I inked it up again using Evergreen Bough distress ink and then stamped it twice over the sentiment panel (only inking once). I have also used a paint brush to add a little bit of ink splatter to the background.


The edges were distressed using a distressing tool, but this can easily be done with a pair of scissors. Mounted onto black card stock, distressed again then adhered onto a card base. The card base is one of Stampin Up's in-color (Bermuda Bay - not sure if it is still available). A couple of sticky pearlswere placed onto the butterfly body. I've also used one side of the stencil that was included with this stamp set on the watercolor piece, I just sponged a little bit of the same ink to give it a subtle texture.

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  1. This is very pretty Ellie, love the shade of green you used and a lovely subtle background for the beautifully stamped Butterflies.

    B x

  2. This is GORGEOUS! LOVING that sentiment and the butterfly!!!!!!!!

  3. Pretty card, like the colours. I recognised the Tim Holtz font straight away - I recently bought the Christmas sentiments.

  4. What a gorgeous card Ellibelle! I love loove loooooove butterflies! Thank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz x

  5. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at Always Fun Chs and Cardz 4 Galz.

  6. a wonderful butterfly card!

    thank you so much for playing along with us at make my Monday!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  7. Ellie what a beautiful creation this is!!!. Thanks for joining us at the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenges for our latest challenge.  {Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenges}Good luck and join us again soon. Hugs, Barbara

  8. Lovely Background and gorgeous butterfly.
    Thank you for joining us at Make My Monday Challenges.

  9. Very interesting and beautiful card! Thank you so much, Ellie, for joining the challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends that we are sponsoring! Good luck with your entry!
    We have monthly challenges on our Challenge blog Fabrika Fantasy Digis, and we would love to invite you to join us there too. Thank you again!

    DigiClub - You can get as many images as you like

  10. love this!! just beautiful.
    Have a great wknd.
    xx Karen

  11. LOVE this card..awesome sentiment!

  12. Nice and simple! Thanks for joining us at Country View Challenges this month!

  13. What an elegant card design.

    Hugs Diane

  14. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz, good luck!!! Amy DT

  15. Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous project with the DT from We Love To Create, hugs Terry xxx

  16. this a incredible technique, first for how you developed the texture in your background, and also for how you used the butterfly three times in different colors - it seems to tell a story. Great to see you in the HeArtful Stamping Challenge!

  17. So beautiful!!! I love your background and your chosen colours!!! Thank you for joining the February challenge of the Country View Challenges!

  18. Amazing! LOVE the sentiment and the background you created for the main image.

  19. Stunningly beautiful card!

  20. Lovely CAS card. I really like the green shade you have used. Thanks for sharing at PoP. Pippa DT

  21. Gorgeous card I love the colours. Thanks for joining in this months 'Two or more layers' challenge over at Crafty Calendar.
    Bev x

  22. Beautifully made - love that background.

    Thank you for sharing it with us at the Path of Positivity Challenge.

    Helen x

  23. Love this - I may be CASEing the idea shortly! :) Congrats on being the prize winner over at heARTful stamping challenge for the month of February. Please let me know your mailing address and I will get it out to you!

  24. Your clean and simple style mixed media card is awesome! Thanks for joining us and and good luck for your entry.
    Helen Liu (DT)


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