One of my favorite sets in the Annual Catalog is Beautiful Day on page 134. That butterfly and the flower stamps are so cool.
Their size, in the first place, is so huge! The butterfly measures about 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", while the flower is about 2 1/2" x 3".
Even though I've had this set since it was first released and have used it many times already, I feel like I've barely scratched the surface of possibilities for these two images.
At a Stamp-In workshop a few months ago, my girls made the following card. The butterfly was stamped onto Designer Series Paper, embossed, then fussy cut. What a wonderful way to get a plethora of looks with just one stamp! Simply change up the DSP to suit your taste and the occasion.
The "Happy Birthday" is one of the a la carte stamps that is now retired. That's unfortunate, because the font and look of the sentiment are so appealing. I will continue to use it, retired or not.
One thing that I discovered when I was designing this card is that, with the colors I chose, the sentiment seemed to get lost somewhat among the swirls of the flourish. At first, I was mystified as to how to rectify this situation without changing my color choices.
To alleviate my problem, I simply kind of followed along the line of the letters with the writing end of a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, placing a few dots here and there for added interest. I love the contrast the added black affords.
Because the butterfly is popped up with a few Stampin' Dimensionals, along with the addition of corded antennae, the card has only a bit of dimension, perfect for mailing.
Following you will find the supply list and the tutorial on how to make this card.
Whisper White cardstock
Lemon Lime Twist cardstock
Designer Series Paper appropriate for a butterfly
Pool Party ink
Lemon Lime Twist ink
Black Stampin' Write Marker
Beautiful Day set (page 134, Annual Catalog)
Thank You stamp (retired)
Falling Flowers set (page 168, Annual Catalog)
Black Embossing Powder
Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.
Along the left side of a 4" x 5 1/2" piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp in Pool Party ink the beautiful swirl. In the lower right of this piece, stamp "Happy Birthday" in Lemon Lime Twist ink. Using the thin end of a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, write over the lines of the sentiment, adding a few black dots here and there. Make it your own!
Adhere this to the card base.
Rub the Embossing Buddy over a 3 1/2" x 4" piece of chosen Designer Series Paper. Stamp the butterfly in VersaMark ink. At the Heat Station, sift Black Embossing Powder over the butterfly, tapping the excess back into its container. Use the Heat Tool to set the embossing.
Once the embossing is cool enough, fussy cut the butterfly, omitting the antennae. Take a length of black cord, tying a knot in each of the ends. Use tape to adhere the antennae to the back of the butterfly so the knotted ends protrude the right amount.
Use a few Stampin' Dimensionals to attach the butterfly over the swirls at the top of the card, angling it a bit.
Add an odd number of coordinating sequins.