Butterfly Sympathy Card is made with Stampin’ Products. I like the simplicity of the card and the white space on the front appeals to me. Sometimes plain is good and it can be peaceful. I thought about adding more layers and other elements, but decided not to add anything else and give the stage to the butterfly.
I used two stamp sets on the card: A Touch of Ink for the butterfly, and Heal Your Heart” for the sentiment. The stamp sets are part of the Sale-a-bration promotion – free with a $50 purchase through February 28, 2021.
A Touch of Ink includes stamps for two step stamping, a technique that uses more than one stamp to create a single image. I stamped the abstract orange image first, then placed the outline stamp on it. Although not absolutely necessary, I like using the Stamparatus for two step stamping. After stamping the orange, and re-stamping it for full color, I lined the clean butterfly outline stamp on the stamped image, and picked it up with the plate of the Stamparatus. I tapped black ink onto the outline stamp to add definition, then I lightly lowered the plate to stamp on the image. I might have squealed a bit when it came out with no smudges!
It looks like I forgot to color inside the lines of the butterfly, but this effect is intentionally. Once the card is finished, we don’t notice the color outside the lines quite as much!
When I was satisfied with the butterfly, I stamped the sentiment. I like the subtle cursive font of “sorry for your loss”. I also relied on the Stamparatus to keep the sentiment straight. I usually remove the plate and hold it to a light to make sure the letters are lined up on a line in the plate, and then I stamp. If it is a little bit off, you can correct it when you trim the card stock.
After the stamping, I used the 4-3/8″ x 3″ rectangle stitched die to crop the white panel, and the next size die, 4-3/4″ x 3-3/8″ for the black panel. I used Washi tape to hold the die in place on the white panel and keep it from shifting in the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss. I love the stitched look from the dies. My mother was a seamstress who taught me to topstitch on fabric, and these dies bring back those memories.
I then adhered the white and black layers, and positioned them on the front of the Mango Melody card base. I adhered the white panel to the inside of the card. I considered stamping a black butterfly for the inside of the card, but decided against it, in order to maintain my clean and simple look. I then added three orange rhinestones to finish the card.
- Mango Melody card stock: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored and folded at 4-1/4″ for card base
- Basic White card stock: 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ inside panel, ~4-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ for stamping
Here are the three colors I used to make the Butterfly Sympathy Card. Click on each to see the Stampin’ Up! products available.
Below are the products I used. Click on each image to learn more or to purchase in my online store.