Beautiful Butterflies Get Your Happy On

When I get a new stamp I tend to make quite a few cards with it to make sure I’m getting my money’s worth. For this card I used all the butterflies in Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Butterflies and stamped them a couple of times with Memento London Fog Ink. I then stamped the largest butterfly with Distress Oxide Candied Apple Ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. The center was colored with some red Copic Markers. I didn’t have coordinating Dies for the butterfly so I used my Silhouette PIXScan Mat to cut out the image.

I cut down the background with a rectangle die 1/8″ smaller than an A2 cardbase. Even though I didn’t use black ink to stamp the butterfly background it was still very distracting when I when to place the red focal image butterfly on top so I decided to cover it with some vellum. I love the way that vellum softens a background, but it is difficult to adhered. I had seen Nina Marie Trapani cut vellum larger than the panel, miter the edges and fold them back, adhering it with dotliner adhesive. I decided to give it a try and it worked perfectly.

I decided to add a thin red mat to the back of the butterfly panel, but I didn’t have an exact match red cardstock, so I used the Candied Apple ink to color the edge of a panel 1/16″ larger than the background and adhered the vellum background panel to it with liquid glue. The panel was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase with the same glue.

I adhered the focal image butterfly with some Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape. I like this tape because it has a lower loft than my 3M foam tape but still adds some great dimension.

I stamped the sentiment with the same Candied Apple Ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I used the same Copic Markers to color the background of the sentiment and matted it with a thin border rectangle that the edges had been colored with the same red it. Simon Says Stamp foam tape was added to the back and it was adhered to the lower right corner of the card front.

The final embellishment was to add some red sequins from my stash.


  • Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Butterflies
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Candied Apple
  • Memento London Fog Ink
  • Hero Arts Detailed Clear Embossing Powder
  • Copic Markers: R24, R22, R21, R20; R29
  • Essential By Ellen Rectangles
  • Paper Accents Vellum
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Be Creative 1/8” Double-Sided Tape
  • Pretty Pink Posh Christmas Mix Sequins

Author: Karen

I am a very blessed wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. I firmly believe in the quote by Dieter F. Uchtdorf which states "The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human heart." Every day I try to create something that lifts the heart for myself and others.

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