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Turquoise Butterfly Garden | Anne Fiene

Turquoise Butterfly Garden | Anne Fiene

Hello, and welcome back! I'm on the Pinkfresh blog today with a lovely turquoise and gold circle card! I was happy to combine their Butterfly Garden suite with the Small Butterflies stamp, stencil, and die (a hot foil plate is also available). I used a turquoise and gold palette to help set a magical scene.

I started with a large panel of white cardstock. I grabbed a circle die and outlined it with a pencil onto the paper. Then, I used inks from the new Amalfi Coast collection: Waterfall, Turquoise, and Atlantis to blend color just inside the circle in the area that I wanted to. I started with the lightest shade, then worked my way to Atlantis, brushing it lightly along the border. Then, I used that circle die and cut it out. I splattered it lightly with some black gouache, masking the center with another smaller circle, then set it aside to dry.

You can, of course, die-cut it and then ink-blend your colors. I usually prefer to brush the color on before I cut it out so I don't get unintended ink build-up on the edge of the die-cut—just a personal preference.

Then I pulled out the charming Butterfly Garden stamp and heat embossed the image with Wow's Gold Pearl embossing powder on another panel of white cardstock. I used the stencil to color some stems with inks from the Amalfi Coast collection. But for some of the stems, I used Warm Buff and Doe with a bit of Apricot lightly brushed on top to warm up the brown and bring it closer to a caramel tone. When everything was colored, I die-cut it all out and set them aside.

Then, it was time to make a butterfly! Woot! I feel like the sky's the limit when coloring in butterflies. They're almost magical.

I stamped out the Small Butterflies stamp with a light colored ink. Leaving the stamp in the platform, I again used some of the new blue inks (and a small amount of black for a bold contrast) with the Small Butterflies stencil to color in just a few butterflies. Then l put the cardstock panel back into my MISTI and stamped over it with Detail Black ink. Then, I used one of the stencils to apply some gold glitter gel to one of the butterflies, let it dry, and die-cut it out.

Before I adhered my topping panel to the cardbase, I put it back into the stamping platform and used the new Waterfall and Turquoise inks to stamp a few of the flowered stems directly onto the circle. Just to help provide a 3-dimensional scene.

I adhered my topping panel with fun foam. I acquired my sentiment from the With Love stamp set (I wanted my sentiment to be relatively small and not be too dominant over the pretty scene). I adhered the stems and butterfly with small pieces of foam tape, then I used scissors to cut off the parts of the stem that went off of the card. I scattered some Gold Glitter Drops on the card, and I was done!

I hope some of these design choices have inspired you to make something new today! Thanks so much for stopping by!


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