This post was sponsored by Simon Says Stamp. Thanks, Simon!
Hi friends! I have a thing about bugs. I’m not a fan. (shocking, right?) Bugs give me the heebie jeebies… except butterflies. Butterflies and their beautiful colors, their delicate wings, the way they gracefully-but-a-little-awkwardly fly about, bobbing around without any real direction… they entrance me. Add in the fact that they are descended from chubby caterpillars, and I’m sold. When I picture butterflies, I picture them bobbing about in a garden surrounded by flowers, fairies, and shimmering fountains. It’s a fanciful mental picture, but butterflies are so ethereal that I think it works. I created an ethereal encouragement card today using the beautiful Graceful Butterfly embossing folder and die combo from Simon Says Stamp. Let’s get started with the details!
To create that ethereal background in my imagination, I pulled out the Bokeh Lights stencils. I have a love affair with bokeh; very little is quite as magical to me as a bokeh background. I first blended Orchid, Heather, Twilight inks at random on a white A2 background, then used the stencils to blend the same shades. I used the Orchid for the largest bubbles, the Heather for the medium, and the Twilight for the smallest. I didn’t want the dark blue of the Twilight to overpower the rest of the colors, so I saved that color for the smallest pattern. Once I had finished blending the stenciled pattern on the background, I blended some more Twilight ink lightly around the edges to give it a cohesive look and draw the eye to the center of the card. To add to the magic, I splattered some super shiny handmade glitter watercolors on the background, as well.
To create the fluttering butterflies, I die cut and embossed the Graceful Butterflies Embossing Folder + Dies using Lawn Fawn pearlescent vellum. This vellum is a bit thinner than my normal heavyweight vellum, but the pearlescent sheen is absolutely magical and embossed beautifully with the coordinating embossing folder! I also die cut the butterflies’ bodies with pearlescent white foil cardstock and adhered them to the embossed butterflies using liquid adhesive.
For the greeting, I die cut the Big Scripty Hugs once from some cobalt blue matte foil cardstock from my stash and twice more from white cardstock, layering them together to create a dimensional die cut. I also heat embossed a greeting from Butterfly Dreams onto some coordinating purple cardstock using silver embossing powder. I adhered all of the die cuts and sentiment pieces using clear foam adhesive, liquid adhesive, and regular foam adhesive, then tucked a few shimmering iridescent rhinestones on the background to add one more glint of sparkle!
Well, that’s all for my project today. I love the magically luminous feel of this card! It’s so sparkly and shimmery in real life. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a marvelous day!