July 9, 2022


Thanks to another Paper Pumpkin kit, I got a FREE STENCIL! And that stencil enabled me to make the bright and fluttery card below.

Shown in the photo that follows is the stencil I used. As you can tell, it was the left over piece after punching out a plethora of butterflies. Yay.

I'm sure it's obvious which of the butterflies I used for my stenciling. I chose to use one of the butterflies in the top two rows as compared to those in the last four rows, as my chosen butterfly has a bit more detail. Can you see that?

To do the stenciling was actually oodles of fun and so liberating! Not being careful at all, I used a Blending Brush to add Daffodil Delight, Magenta Madness and Coastal Cabana inked butterfliesall hither and thither.

Some of the butterflies were only partial, while there is a lot of overlapping going on. I was careful to choose three colors that played well together without giving me muddy looking butterflies.

The card practically planned itself once the butterfly background was finished.

The finished card proudly sitting atop the stencil:

I  did all the stenciling on a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of white cardstock, added to a card base of Daffodil Delight.

In fact, I incorporate all the colors I used in the butterflies elsewhere on the card. The die cut butterfly, using the Brilliant Wings die set on page 169 of the Annual Catalog, is cut from Coastal Cabana cardstock. The pink banner is die cut from Magenta Madness cardstock, and then, of course, the Daffodil Delight card base.

A die from the Seasonal Labels dies (page 174, in the Annual Catalog) gives a good landing spot for the butterfly, whose wings are gently uplifted. Is he just landing -- or ready to take off?

Have you had a chance to use any free stencils lately? What fun!



  1. I love 3-d cards, butterflies and pastel colors -- you hit the trifecta! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

    1. Oh, thanks! What an accomplishment! Hitting the trifecta!

  2. I love everything about your card Linda! Congrats for being featured at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy!

  3. You have such a great eye for colors and design. This is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing at My Big Fat Menopausal Life's Share the Wealth party. Have a wonderful week!

  4. I love the butterfly background! The variation and blending is unique and looks natural. And that you reused the card you used to punch the butterflies--I keep my scraps too and it's amazing what they can be used for!

    1. Thanks, Bernadette! Isn't it great fun to see all the cool stuff you can come up with just using stuff that "normal" people throw away?!?