Birthday Butterfly

My sister’s birthday is coming up this month, and she has a green thumb and loves working in the garden. I decided, with the weather changing and the gardening becoming more pruning and cleaning up, that I would give her one last butterfly for the season.

I placed a beautiful stencil on my cardstock and sprayed over it with Glimmer Mist to give a soft gray shimmer background. Next, I stamped the butterfly image directly onto the background using water-resistant black ink.

I then colored the butterfly using a combination of purple and orange watercolor pencils and a waterbrush.

I added a hint of shading around the butterfly with gray watercolor pencils. I softened it with a waterbrush.

I stamped the sentiment across the top of the wings of the butterfly. Then I trimmed the image panel to fit my card front.

Finally, I punched two border strips from white cardstock and adhered them to the top and bottom of the image panel. As a last touch, I added tiny adhesive pearls to the borders.

Products:

  • Stampendous Jumbo Cling Trio Butterflies
  • Prima Flourish Stencil
  • EK Success Border Punch
  • Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink Pad
  • STAEDTLER Karat Aquarell Watercolor Pencils
  • Tattered Angels Silver SugarGlimmer Mist
  • Tiny white adhesive pearls
  • Waterbrush
  • White cardstock

Schedule some time to create this week. You deserve it!

Suzz

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Nature-Inspired Sympathy Card

I like to create cards ahead of time to have on hand for when I need them. I recently had a need for a sympathy card and found one in my stash, but I realized that I needed a few more to have on hand for those difficult times.

I find that, for me, using flowers and nature-inspired scenery works well on sympathy cards.

I started my card by stamping script unevenly over the cardstock background using a black water-resistant ink. I stamped the flowers across the bottom using the same ink. I repeated stamping until I had covered the bottom area of the background. I stamped the sentiment along the top using black ink. I distressed the edges with a distressing tool and sponged the edges using brown dye ink; this gives a soft, aged look to papers.

I colored the flowers with gold watercolor pencil and a waterbrush. I added a touch of lavender around the edges of the flowers for my shading. I stamped the butterflies and colored them with the same lavender and gold colors.

I mounted the stamped background on a white cardstock card base, then distressed the edges with the same brown dye ink.

Products:

Hope you find some time to create this week!

Suzz

Suzanne Czosek from Suzz’s Stamping Spot (www.suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com)

Pinch to Grow an Inch Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

A mix of floral patterns and butterflies is perfect for summer birthday greetings.

Materials

  • Bazzill Basics Paper White Cardstock
  • American Crafts Soho Garden Collection 6”x6” Paper Pad
  • Jillibean Soup Birthday II Collection Soup Labels Stickers
  • White crocheted lace trim
  • Pearl brad
  • Blue paper blossom

Tools

  • Die-cutting system and Provo Craft Cuttlebug Butterfly Die
  • Provo Craft Cuttlebug Swiss Dots A2 Embossing Plate
  • Tiny butterfly punch
  • Sewing machine and cream thread
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scoring tool, scissors, ruler, pencil, paper piercer and mat

Directions

STEP 1

Make 5-1/2”x4-1/4” white top-fold card.

STEP 2

Cut smaller teal floral and newsprint floral panels. Distress teal panel edges slightly using scissors blade. Center and adhere panel to card. Center and adhere newsprint panel to teal panel.

STEP 3

Cut strip of blue/white dot paper same width as teal panel. Adhere strip across card as shown. Cut and adhere lace to lower edge of strip. Sew around edges of teal panel, catching blue dot strip and lace ends.

STEP 4

Die cut larger butterfly from white cardstock; emboss with dots texture. Punch two tiny butterflies from cardstock.

STEP 5

Adhere label sticker and two butterflies near bottom of card.

STEP 6

Pierce hole through center of larger butterfly. Join flower and butterfly with brad. Adhere to card.

Tip

  • If you don’t have the butterfly die, use a craft punch or stamp and detail cut a butterfly instead.

by Melanie Douthit (www.melaniedouthit.blogspot.com)

Family Reunion Invitation

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Save the date! Come one, come all to the best family reunion ever! Your event is a personal statement – your invitations should be, too.

Materials

  • White blank card*, 5”x6-1⁄2”
  • Papers: red, white, dark blue, red/white/dark blue plaid
  • Red satin ribbon, 1⁄8” wide, 10” length

Tools

  • Black fine-line permanent pen
  • Acid-free glue stick

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, craft knife

Directions

STEP 1

Place card with fold at top; trim 1” from right and left sides of card front. Cut 4”x5” rectangle from plaid paper; adhere to center of remaining card front.

STEP 2

Cut 5”x6-1⁄4” rectangle from solid red and 4”x5” rectangle from solid dark blue. Center and adhere red piece to inside back, leaving 1⁄8” white card edge at each side. Center and adhere dark blue to red.

STEP 3

Using craft knife, cut 1-3/4”x1-1/4” window into center top portion of card front. (Note: Be careful not to cut card back.) Write or use computer to print inside information on white. Trim and adhere to center of solid blue paper inside card so family name shows through front window. (Note: Adjust size of window if family name is too long to fit.)

STEP 4

Draw squiggle line down white card front borders with permanent pen. Tie ribbon bow and adhere to card front as shown.

by Susan Cobb

Welcome Baby Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Celebrate the new arrival with a fun, five-minute card that incorporates both “boy” and “girl” product collections.

Materials

  • Bazzill Basics Paper White OP Cardstock
  • Bella Blvd. Baby Boy Collection Cute Cuts Paper
  • Bella Blvd. Baby Girl Collection Embellishments: Ciao Chip Stickers, Flags
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Adhesive Pearls
  • Whisker Graphics Pink Divine Twine

Tools

  • Paper Smooches A Little Lovin’ Clear Stamp Set
  • Acrylic block
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, clear mini dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Make 6”x4” White side-fold card. Cut slightly smaller Cute Cuts paper panel; adhere to card with patterned side up.

STEP 2

Adhere chipboard elephant sticker to left side of card. Adhere flag to card above trunk, tucking pin end behind chipboard.

STEP 3

Tie small twine bow and adhere to elephant’s ear using clear mini dot.

STEP 4

Stamp Tuxedo Black sentiment at lower right. Adhere three pearls beneath sentiment.

Tip

  • Using a 6” or 8” square of patterned paper, transform this same design into a quick mini album cover.

by Ashley Harris (www.ashleyharris.typepad.com)