Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Twofer Challenge - Butterflies

Hi there all.  I am last minute again for a couple of my favourite challenges.  I say every month I am going to get ahead but things keep getting in the way.  I nearly missed the last Twofer Challenge, and have made it through the door with about a day to spare.  It is run by Darnell and the theme this time is butterflies.  We have to make two cards for two different occasions using the same stamp or die.  The stamp used on both cards is from Chocolate Baroque's Fluttering Hearts set.  Here are the cards:

I am entering these cards into the Twofer Challenge - No. 5 Butterflies.

The first card is an anniversary card using the CB stamp, a square stitched die from The Works, a heart from a set by Sweet Dixie, and a Cuttlebug embossing folder called Kimmy-Luvs, which is so old they don't make it any more, but it remains a favourite of mine.

I started with a piece of white card which I die cut with the stitched square and using Candied Apple Distress Ink I inked up the inside front piece of the embossing folder, spritzed it and then pressed the card on to it to give this loose watercolour look for the background, and I stamped the sentiment using Versafine Smokey Gray ink.  I then stamped the image twice on to a piece of white card and fussy cut the butterfly on one and the heart on the other.  I decided to do it in two pieces to give it more dimension when layered up.  I coloured both using a combination of Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron Distress Inks using a Wink of Stella pen instead of a waterbrush which gives it all a lovely glittery finish.  I decided to layer the heart and butterfly on to another heart cut with the Sweet Dixie die, and blended Mermaid Lagoon ink on to it again using blending foam.  I finished by layering it on to a 6" square white card. 

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Use More Than One Stamp.
Happy Little Stampers May Watercolour Challenge - Anything Goes/Optional Twist CAS.

The second card  has just the  butterfly part of the CB stamp plus a stamp from their Texture Fragments set, a Tonic Scalloped square die, and a Sheena Douglass embossing folder from her Textures range, but which again doesn't seem to be available now.

I found a snippet of white card, die cut it with the scalloped die and dry embossed it using the Sheena Douglas EF, then mounted it on to my 6" square white card.  I then die cut the stitched square from a smaller scalloped die using another snippet of white card and stamped the Texture Fragment stamp on to it several times to cover it using Versamark Ink and heat embossed using WOW Clear Gloss EP.  I then inked in stripes using Candied Apple, Fossilised Amber and Mermaid Lagoon, and the orange, green and purple are a mixture of these primary colours, together with a stripe of Picked Raspberry DI.  I stamped just the butterfly part of the CB stamp on to another snippet of white card using the Versafine grey ink  and heat embossed with WOW Silver Embossing Powder, and fussy cut it.  I coloured in just part of the butterfly with a mixture of Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon DI and coloured with the WOS pen which I also brushed over the whole of the butterfly to give a sparkle to the white bits too.  I finished by  die cutting the sentiment using WOW silver foil instead of mirri card, just as an experiment to see what the finish was like in comparison.  I glued the foil to a snippet of white card using Stick It adhesive and then die cut.  It worked well and I think the foil has a brighter look than the mirri, but it was a rather fiddly procedure so not sure that I will be doing it that way again.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

CAS Watercolour May Challenge - Rainbow.  I hope this is CAS enough with the background embossed layer, but it is white so hopefully will be OK.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - No. 326 where we use our snippets of card, paper etc.
Allsorts Challenge - Happy 9th Birthday.

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I hope to see you again soon.


  1. Oh, Pat . . . these cards are beautiful! I love everything about them. The one with the heart and butterfly, I would frame it and hang it on the wall :)
    You are so talented.
    Connie :)

  2. Two very lovely cards Pat! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour! :0)

  3. Two stunning cards, Pat, the colours are just beautiful. I especially love the layout of the design of the first one. xx

  4. Lovely cards Pat, so soft and pretty colours

  5. Very effective use of colour Pat and two real beauties, many that for joining in our 9th Birthday celebrations at Allsorts challenge.

    B x

  6. Two gorgeous cards Pat! Wonderful colours you used as well.


    Di xx

  7. Hello Pat what,wonderful bright and coloured cards, both beautifully designed, Kate x x

  8. Your butterflies are beautiful, Pat! Love how you've colored them both! Love that textured embossed piece and the embossing folder stamping! Both fabulous and fun techniques! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

  9. Absolutely beautiful and eye catching both of them. What a wonderful butterfly stamp and what fabulous colours and colouring. Great technique on the first card for the background, so effective and love the texture on the second x.

  10. Thank you for sharing your beautiful projects at Allsorts 9th Birthday celebration and good luck x Susan x

  11. What a gorgeous butterfly! It looks fabulous all colorful on the first card and so pretty in silver sitting on the flower square! Love that textured embossing folder! Two lovely card!
    Thank you for joining us at the Twofer!

  12. 2 gorgeous cards Pat, I love the background in the 1st one. Missed that ef so I'll have to scrounge 2nd hand ones lol! This butterfly stamp is beautiful too. You've coloured them beautifully, Cathy x

  13. What a lovely butterfly, Pat ... in full colour and in the shimmery silver embossing! Your detailing on both cards is gorgeous ... and I'm blown away with your fussy cutting around the antennae! I especially love the dry embossed background with the florals on the second ... it's deliciously touchable! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)

  14. I'm glad you got to enter these cards, Pat! They are both gorgeous! I just love the really artsy anniversary card with the butterfly appearing to be lifting right off that incredible heart! The inked embossed background is a perfect choice! And your birthday card is equally stunning! You have achieved so much wonderful texture behind the beautifully-colored flower garden for your pretty butterfly to land on! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #5! Hugs, Darnell

  15. Two lovely butterfly cards Pat! LOVE the embossing folder stamping on the background of your first card. Such a fun technique and makes a gorgeous watercoloured background. Great colouring and layering of the beautiful butterfly and heart image. Separating them and popping them up adds lots of dimension
    Your second card is also beautiful. LOVE the dry embossed background and then that gorgeous watercoloured flower panel done in rainbow colours. Such a wonderful design! Thanks for playing along with us at Twofer Card Challenge and CAS Watercolour! xx

  16. What a pretty pair of cards Pat. Your butterfly is just gorgeous and I love the texture in the background.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers.

  17. Good for you at getting these 2 gorgeous butterfly cards entered in time (I didn't! the pieces I started are still just pieces!) I love how you did the soft embossing color on #1, and that is one lovely butterfly. Really like the design and how you've colored the wings. #2 has such an interesting & vivid background for that butterfly to perch. Again, I'm loving the embossed design on the white. TFS & Hugs

  18. How did I miss this post? These are amazing Pat! love them both. x

  19. AWE! These backgrounds are stunning. I love the rainbow colors. Thank you for joining us for Simon Says Stamp's more than one stamp challenge! Good Luck!


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