June 18, 2022


Do you like the squiggly background on this card? Ir is made with something very unexpected. Read on to see what I used to get this effect.

To tell the truth, this card was entirely based on the background. Once I deccided to use what I did, I planned the rest of the card. It fell into place pretty easily. And is a cinch to make.

The raised butterfly wings, and the jewel on the butterfly's body, plus the "thanks" raised a bit with Stampin' Dimensionals, give this card a modest amount of dimension. Just enough to make it interesting.

A closeup of the main components of the card. Use your imagination. 
Do you have any idea whatsoever what I used to "stamp" the background? No?

Here's a tutorial. Enjoy!

White cardstock
Bermuda Bay cardstock
Mango Melody cardstock

Coastal Cabana ink

Die Cutting/Embossing Machine
Amazing Thanks dies (page 169, Annual Catalog)
Brilliant Wings dies (page 169, Annual Catalog)
Blue Gems
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
and . . . .
are you ready?
A soap holder

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of white cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

Add to this card base a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Mango Melody cardstock. 

You probably don't have anything like this, but, then, maybe you do. I used a weird soap holder that was like all sorts of tiny rubbery worms smooshed together. I used this as my "stamp for the background. I inked it up with Coastal Cabana ink, then "stamped" it firmly in the center of this piece of white cardstock.

From Bermuda Bay cardstock, die cut one of the smaller butterflies from the Brilliant Wings die set. Add a rhinestone to the center of his body. Set him aside briefly.

From Mango Melody cardstock, die cut the non-detailed portion of the thanks, and from Bermuda Bay cardstock, cut the detailed part. Carefully adhere these two pieces together.

Lay both your butterfly and the "thanks" onto your card until you are satisfied with the arrangement. Use Stampin' Dimensionals to attach the "thanks" in place. Add the butterfly with adhesive only along the butterfly's body. Gently tip the butterfly's wings upwards.

More proof that you should always keep your eyes open for things that are not normally used for stamping. Think of all the possibilities! Remember: nearly everything can be used as an art supply in some way.



  1. It's so lovely, sometimes simple is better. We do need to see a pic of your soap holder though! Just for inspiration purposes of course! :-)

    1. Julie, you are too cute! Yes, I will take a photo of it. I'm so glad you like the card! Thank you!

  2. This is really pretty: I would keep more of my cards if they were so pretty and handmade.

    1. Aw, thanks, Mireille! What a sweet thing to say!

  3. I like the 3D aspect of this card. The little butterfly is adorable.
    Thank you for participating in Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 23.

  4. I love the simplicity. Thanks for sharing at My Big Fat Menopausal Life's Share the Wealth Party!! Hope to see you at tomorrow's party too!