Sunday, June 2, 2013


I'm getting started on my projects for swapping at Convention in July (woo-hoo! 25th Anniversay of SU!) and created this card design today. I love it and I think you will too so it will be one of the cards we'll make at my next stampcamp! My events calender is on my SU! website (where my store is) so check out the dates and deadlines at

I am not sure this photo does justice to the lovely Pool Party shade of aqua blue, however it contrasts beautifully with Basic Black in this design. To make this card I used those colors in cardstock and ink plus the following Stampin' Up! tools:
  • Elegant Butterfly Punch (#127526, $15.95) which coordinates with the...
  • Papillon Potpourri stamp set (#123759 Clear Mount $14.95; #132058 Wood Mount $18.95)
  • Bitty Butterfly Punch (#129406, $15.95)
  • Decorative Label Punch (#120907, $16.95)
  • Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder* (#117335, $7.95)
  • Fancy Fan Embossing Folder* (#127751, $7.95)
  • *The Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (with the embossing folders) (#113439, $99.95)
  • Basic Pearls (#119247, $4.95 for 150 multi-size, self-adhesive pearl jewel embellishments)
  • Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430, $3.95 for 300)
  • Stampin' Sponges (#101610, #3.50 for 3 sponges; TIP: cut each sponge into 6 or 8 wedges!)
I cut a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Basic Black cardstock for the background of this card front, then embossed it with the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder. I flipped it so the smooth side was on top for this card, and the finished card front will be adhered to a folded white card.
I punched two Bitty Butterflies and one Decorative Label from Basic Black cardstock and glued those to a 2" x 5 1/2" Pool Party panel, then ran it through the Big Shot in the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, and lastly adhered it to the embossed black background panel.
I stamped the floral butterfly with Basic Black Ink on Pool Party cardstock and punched it out with the Elegant Butterfly punch. For more dimension, I sponged the edges with Pool Party ink and put Stampin' Dimensionals on the back of the wings. For the best dimension, I cut three Dimensionals in half, layered the halves of two for a double thickness and put those on the top of each wing, then put the last two halves on the bottom parts of the wings. The half-dimensional shape fits nicely on the back of both wing sections (better than a whole Dimensional would). After sticking it onto the label shape on the card, I added three of the Basic Pearls (two of the tiniest and one of the next size up). Voila!

This is a variation using Delightful Daffodil and a different butterfly from the same Papillion Potpourri set. I added a little Calypso Coral coloring to the butterfly and a Basic Rhinestone instead of Basic Pearls.