March 23, 2019


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
VersaMark ink
Black Stampin' Write Marker

Beautiful Day set (page 134, Annual Catalog)
Thank You stamp (retired)
Falling Flowers set (page 168, Annual Catalog)

Heat Tool
Black Embossing Powder
Embossing Buddy
Black Cord
Paper Snips
Stampin' Dimensionals

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.



  1. That is so pretty!! I just love anything with butterflies. Pinned.

    1. Aw, thanks! You are always so sweet!

    2. Thanks for sharing with us at the Welcome Spring party; I pinned both your posts to my new Welcome Spring board.

  2. This is a beautiful card and I love butterflies. Found you on Grandma's Briefs Link Party

    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad you like the card and that you found me! Come back again!

  3. So so pretty, I love butterflies and this card would work so well for so many people.

  4. Your cards are all so beautiful, Linda! I especially like how spring-like this one is. It perfectly fits this week's features at Hearth and Soul so I’m featuring this post at the party this week. Hope to ‘see’ you there! Thank you so much for sharing with the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Have a wonderful week ahead!

    1. Hey, thanks, April, both for the nice comment and the feature!!

  5. This card is gorgeous! I love the butterfly, and the addition of black to the words is perfect. Thanks so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!