Playing With Stampin’ Up! Butterflies!

By | 01/23/2013

For my Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge this week, I decided to play with butterflies.  I have not used the new Swallowtail Butterfly background stamp in the Spring Mini Catalog.  I decided that this sketch would be perfect! Stampin’ Up! has so many butterfly choices that includes punches and stamp sets!!


This challenge was not only a sketch challenge, it was also a color challenge.  I find that the color challenge is the hardest part!  I don’t yet have every color of card stock…I’m working on it though!  The colors this week were Bashful Blue, Daffodil Delight and Regal Rose.

pccccolorThese colors are actually very easy to use together.  They seemed so perfect for so many of the Spring Mini stamp sets.  I just had to try using it with the giant Swallowtail background stamp.  The stamp is huge!  It really covers the entire card.  Most designs have just part of the butterfly showing tipped slightly.  This would be fabulous on a scrapbook page!

The Design Team members at Paper Craft Crew made really beautiful cards this week.  Make sure you visit the site tomorrow to see all of the beautiful cards.  Every single one is different and each uses the same basic card sketch!  It’s fascinating!!  You should also consider entering one of your cards in the challenge!  This is a great challenge to get started with because only about a dozen people will enter their cards.  Some of the challenges have 50 people entering and I find that intimidating!!  This is a great challenge site to get started on!

Here is this week’s sketch.  Imagine the possibilities!

papercraftcrewsketch26Materials used to create my card:

Stamp set:  Swallowtail and Loving Thoughts Sentiment Set

Inks: Regal Rose, Bashful Blue and Daffodil Delight.

Papers: Whisper White and Bashful Blue card stock, Brights and Subtle Collection Designer Series Papers

Accessories:  Oval Framelits, Big Shot, Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Fancy Butterfly Punch, Petite Butterfly Punch, Two-Tone Ribbon, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Pearl Embellishments, Sponge Daubers, Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder


  • This sketch had quite a few elements and I wanted that Swallowtail to be my focal point.  I colored it many colors, tipped it sideways and embossed it with clear embossing powder so it really stands out on the card.
  • If you want your image to have several colors, there are a lot of ways to achieve that.  You can blend colors using by sponging them on like I did.  I used the sponge daubers.  You could also use the blender pens as well.  I do that when I want a more water color look and I really want to blend the colors.  Here, I wanted them to stand out more.
  • Use the punched images, buttons or bows to accent your focal point.  Use a punch that coordinates as I did here.  You could also use a button, brad or ribbon in a coordinating color!!
  • Use vertical and horizontal elements.  I love how this sketch really combined elements in several different directions.  It’s so interesting to look at.  Do make your image bold enough to be the focal point when there are a lot of other elements in your card.
  • Have fun combining the punches, the embellishments and stamped images that you love!!!

Would you love to order the Swallowtail Stamp?  Perhaps you would love to own those butterfly punches!  Click here to place order Stampin’ Up! products!

Remember, this is Sale-a-Bration!!!  If you are going to order, you get a free item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure if you order $50 in product before shipping and handling.  By the way, shipping and handling is the same on all orders $65 or less.  My sister never places an order less than $65!  She wants to maximize what she can get in one order with shipping prices.  Good advice Lori!!!

Check out the Sale-a-Bration brochure by clicking here.

Are you ready to play with butterflies?  Order yours by clicking here!

Thanks for visiting today!  Come back tomorrow for more inspiration and ideas!

Happy stamping!


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