Sunday, June 14, 2015

Butterfly Swirl

6/16/2015 Update: This card was selected as an Artist Pick for HSSCC#213!

Today's card was inspired by two challenges: Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #111 and Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge #213.

Color Challenges typically permit color substitutions if they're similar in color. It was necessary to use a substitute in place of Bermuda Bay so I chose Lost Lagoon. The gold cardstock is from my scrap stash in place of Crushed Curry.

In addition to the inspiration from the challenges, I viewed a card the other day HERE that provided ideas for this card.

A panel of gold cardstock was embossed and adhered to the white card base. A panel of Lost Lagoon was die cut with scallops on each edge, embossed, then adhered to the gold embossed panel. A strip of embossed gold cardstock was added onto the scalloped piece. The floral design was stamped three times on white cardstock, punched with a scalloped edge and attached to die cut circles. They were adhered with craft foam to give them depth.

The butterfly was stamped in three steps using the MISTI tool and then fussy cut. On a piece of white cardstock, using round dies, the swirl shape was sponged off center. The fern fronds were added. This panel was adhered to another panel and popped up with craft foam. The butterfly was also adhered with craft foam to lift it off the paper.

The inside of the card was decorated with fern fronds and two floral images along the lower right corner. The front of the card was finished by adding pearls to the floral rounds and clear Wink of Stella to the butterfly wings.

Visit the challenges for AHSC #111 and HSS #213 for creative ideas!

Techniques: Stamping, die cutting, embossing, punching, fussy cutting, sponging
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Materials are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Watercolor Wings, Awesomely Artistic
Inks: Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, gold from scrap stash
Dies: Circles Collection Framelits, Lawn Fawn border die
Punch: 7/8" Scallop Circle
Misc.: Pearls, craft foam, Wink of Stella (clear); Embossing folders: Decorative Dots and Polka Dots


  1. Simply lovely! This is the first card I've seen using the new watercolour wings stamp set and you rocked it! Thanks for playing along at AHSC!

  2. Very very pretty! Love that butterfly...and the swirl is very cool!

  3. Another stunning card Melanie! Your sponging is perfect and the colors are great! Fantastic design, great card!

  4. Cute card, I love the colours you chose! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  5. Lovely colors and lots of technique! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Linda Norman
    DT member AHSC

  6. I like the movement of the swirl, and the colors from the challenge are very complementary to each other.

  7. Such a beautifully creative card! The swirls are amazing and make the butterfly seem as if it is flying right off the card! Thanks for playing along at HSS!

  8. Love the circle effect you created on your card. Very cool technique. So glad you chose to do our challenge. Hope you play with us again at HSS.

  9. You have shown amazing details in your card - amazing work! Great job!! Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge! Jess- DT

  10. Mel, this is AWESOME! You are so talented at layering colors, shapes, and textures. I love this peaceful image!