Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Happy Birthday, Mary Ann!

8/30/2016 Update: Mary Ann's birthday card was selected to be the Diamond Award winner at the Color Dare Challenge!

Another family birthday is coming soon so I made a card with inspiration from two challenges, one color and one tic-tac-toe.

The card base is a panel of cardstock cut at 4.25" x 12" and scored on the long edge at 1.5" and 6.75". I elected to use the card in portrait orientation but it can be turned to landscape if desired. The finished size of the card is 4.25" x 5.25", just a bit smaller than an A2 envelope.

The two panels that are
folded to the front were embossed with a die in a stitched spiral design to give the butterfly movement. The longer front panel was die cut and trimmed with gold foil cut from the same die. The butterfly was created by die cutting the butterfly and using a variety of tiny stamps to create a pattern. The edges were sponged and the butterfly was adhered, including a pair of die cut gold foil antennae. The butterfly wings were backed with Kool-Tac clear foam to raise them. The foam is not visible because it is clear. Glossy Accents were added to the body of the butterfly. A gold foil banner was
adhered with a foam backed banner stamped to match the butterfly. A clothespin was added holding a tiny tag with a heart. Three white sequins were colored with a Copic marker and adhered. The inside of the card was decorated with a butterfly, die cut from DSP. The sentiment was stamped onto a tag of die cut cardstock, stamped to match the butterfly on the front of the card. The card will stand up like an easel card but that was not my intention.

This card is being entered into two challenges:

1. Color My Heart: Color Dare #207

2. Tic-Tac-Toe #16 (Banners, Tiny Stamps, Clothespin)

Techniques: Stamping, sponging, die cutting, fun fold
Size: Slightly smaller than A2 (4.25" x 5.25")

CTMH Materials
Ink: Saffron
Cardstock: Canary

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamps: Tiny Tags (heart)
Cardstock: Whisper White
DSP: From stash
Die: Bold Butterfly Framelits

Other Materials
Stamps: Lil' Inker "Really Rosemaling" (tiny flower & starburst), Hero Arts "Fanciful Swirl" (tiny bird), Verve "The Buzz" (tiny bee, leaf & butterfly) & Verve "Poppy Birthday" (sentiment)
Ink: Stazon Jet Black (inside sentiment)
Cardstock: DCWV Textured Foil (gold)
Dies: Lil' Inker Stitched Spirals, Reverse Confetti Edgers, Paper Sweeties Sweet Borders
Misc: Kool-Tac clear foam, clothespin, sequins


  1. How pretty!! I love that butterfly. The gold touches are just perfect too! Fantastic birthday card! :)

  2. What a pretty card! Love the chevron gold border that background adds so much to the design. Thank you for inspiring us at Color My Heart Challenge Blog.

  3. Love your personalized stamped paper for the butterfly, makes a great design paper...you made yellows look easy. The gold additionals and embellishments make your card stunning. Thanks for sharing at Color Dare. Great colors on Friday, please join us again...can make it at this weekend's crop.

  4. Your card is simply stunning! I love all the textures you've managed to include. It's beautiful! Thanks for joining us at the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge!

  5. Beautiful! I love the printed butterfly. The golden highlights are great. Thanks for taking a Color Dare!

  6. Fabulous card! I love how you stamped inside the butterfly--really cool effect! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Color Dare blog. Please join us again soon!
    :) Marie

  7. This is so pretty!! I LOVE that background that you used and the gold border. Great design!! Thanks for playing with Stamping Smiles Designs Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge!!!

    Nora Noll