March 12, 2017


Besides leprechauns, clovers and pots o' gold, what else do you associate with St. Patrick's Day? Yes, RAINBOWS! You are all so smart!

And what goes so naturally with rainbows? Yes! BUTTERFLIES!

Well, since St. Patrick's Day is this week, I wanted to incorporate a rainbow into a card. I'm not at all Irish, so I'll just stick to the rainbow.

I tried a variety of papers for die cutting the gorgeous butterfly. None of them seemed quite right. They didn't provide the contrast I wanted. Nor did they look ethereal enough for my taste.

All of a sudden, I remembered that I had a wondrous stash of colored vellum papers. I tried a few of them, and discovered that I was getting closer to the look that I wanted. But, still not quite there. With the colorful rainbow background, I'd decided that a neutral color for the butterfly would be best. Finally, I laid hands on this dark kraft colored vellum. Once I die cut the butterfly, I found it to be the perfect material from which the butterfly on my card should be made.

I wanted to keep my butterfly as pure as possible, such as no embellishments whatsoever. So, the problem of adhering the butterfly against the rainbow background would certainly prove to be problematic.As any of you who have worked with vellum know, it is really difficult to adhere a piece to a surface without the adhesive showing through.

In pondering how to rectify this situation before it even happened, I hit upon die cutting the butterfly once more from white cardstock. This not only would hide the adhesive, but it would give the butterfly a little more durability.

But . . . I still needed to adhere the vellum butterfly to the cardstock butterfly without letting any adhesive show through. It turned out to be very easily solved. I used the Tombow Multipurpose Glue, but smeared it to a soft sheen of glue with my fingertip. That was enough to soften the edges of the glue that it wouldn't show through.

I then popped just the body of the butterfly against the rainbow with some thin slices of dimensional adhesive.

The dimension this simple treatment gives to the butterfly against the splashy rainbow is wonderful.

To add even further to the dimension of the finished card, I lined the edges of the piece of watercolor paper with Stampin' Dimensionals and threw a few into the center of the piece also so it didn't sink in the middle.

The white cardstock butterfly underneath the vellum one is offset just a teeny bit, 
and I love the way that looks.

Do any of you know how I created the rainbow background? 



  1. I love the rainbow - really beautiful card. Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW's DIY party!

  2. Lovely! : ) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love this! Very beautiful!

  4. I love the pretty rainbow background although I have no idea how you did it.Such a pretty butterfly with all the detail. #merrymonday

  5. The background is made by scribbling markers on an acrylic block, spritzing it with water, and "stamping" on to watercolor paper. Always a surprise!

  6. Your card looks looks more like a picture to be displayed......great job.
    Blessings, Nellie

  7. What a lovely card. I have to say something about a handmade card is worth more then a store bought. It's more personable. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party.

  8. I love vellum and have used it a few times for some watercolor prints. This is a beautiful card Linda, thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great week.

  9. Very pretty! I love butterflies.

  10. I am going to try that watercolor technique. How fun. And the card is beautiful as usual. Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

  11. This is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing at My Busy Beehives #beeparty!

  12. That came out really pretty. Love the colors. Stopping by from Saturday sharefest.

  13. Love how the colors show through the wings of the butterfly. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg

  14. That's gorgeous Linda, the butterfly looks so light and airy and ready to take flight. Truly beautiful

  15. Love it! The butterfly is really nice popped up to show the colors through its wings. Thank you for sharing at Link It Up Wednesday!