Saturday, 9 June 2018

Anniversary butterfly.

Hi everyone, I thought it was about time I cleaned a stencil I had used with oxide inks a while ago!
Instead of wiping it clean I spritzed it with water and pressed some card stock onto it. I was happy with the muted colours that came out.

I used the same colours on the mat panel and the butterfly, just blended inks on some card, spritzed  with water and blotted some colour away before diecutting.

I'm linking up to CAS Mix Up Card Challenge where the theme is layered embossing powders.

I inked up my coloured butterfly with versamark, sprinkled on extra thick clear embossing powder, heated it, then added more powder and heated it for a glossier look. I sprinkled on some blush perfect pearls, to add some shimmer then more clear ep, then heated again.
 It seemed to work ok, although some of the mica blew around when I turned on my heat gun! I don't have a frypan or griddle to try melting the powder with, and that may have worked better.

Here's a closer look.

My elements are layered embossing, stamping, diecutting, reversed stencilling.

I'm also linking up to the wedding/anniversary challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday,

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog Logo

and to the bright and beautiful challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday.

Simon Monday Challenge Blog Logo

It's anything goes at Happy Little Stampers die challenge,

and anything goes as long as you use a stamp at Craft Stamper Magazine's

Take It, Make It Challenge

The theme is summer at Work it Wednesday,
 These colours remind me of citrus, perfect for Summer!

Memory Box Lunette and Oriel butterfly dies; vellum; fossilized amber; spiced marmalade and abandoned coral distress oxide inks;
 Tim Holtz scribbles stencil; Ranger extra thick clear embossing powder; versamark ink; perfect pearls in blush; Stampin Up Together Forever stamp; versafine ink & clear ep.

Thanks for visiting,
Cathy x


  1. Wow, this is stunning. The soft color from the stencil is a beautiful background for the butterfly. The butterfly just shines and is a gorgeous color.

  2. Such a pretty card, and what a wonderful discovery to make as you are cleaning a stencil. I really like how you got that delicate butterfly to become so glossy. I need to try that technique.

  3. WOW!!! Cathy, twoja karta jest oszałamiająca! I love your butterfly, he is amazing. Wonderfully created thanks to embossing powders and pearl mica. Is beautiful!

  4. Such a great idea how you did the background. What a beautiful butterfly and the layering of the powders and the pearls look absolutely stunning. Yes my pancake maker helps with everything not blowing around but you really have achieved a beautiful effect. Thank you for adding your wonderful card to the gallery at The CAS Mix UP Challenge x

  5. Gorgeous! Love that you recycled the ink on your stencil and the resulting soft colors!

  6. Wow, what a pretty butterfly, Cathy! It's so glossy that it looks like yummy candy! The soft reverse stenciling turned out so well. I love the overall color palette! Hideko xx

  7. I love how you cleaned your stencil, Cathy! What a beautiful background! And your enamel butterfly is such a perfect match and so delicate! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

  8. Beautiful card Cathy, love the butterfly with the rose panel, just perfect.

  9. What a pretty card, love the cute butterfly. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  10. Love the muted design with your wiped and spritzed stencil, Cathy. Just goes to show that it's worth using any ink that's left. The colour is gorgeous and soft and works perfectly with your beautiful butterfly. Love the thick, pearl finish and soft colours of your butterfly. Amazing! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

  11. The soft subtle background is just lovely, Cathy ... and your butterfly ... wow ... delicate, dainty, delighful ... so gorgeous! Hugs, Anita :)

  12. Such a beautiful anniversary/wedding card! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge :)

  13. That butterfly is amazing! Such a gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!

  14. Beautiful and elegant wedding or anniversary card, Cathy. I love your soft stenciled background and how you used the same color tones on your layered embossing paste butterfly. TFS and joining us at CAS Mix Up. Hugs.

  15. I haven’t visited for a bit; I just got back from CA, and am catching up on my visits and comments. So beautiful Cathy.

  16. what a great save - misting your stencil and getting a print off it before cleaning it up - it made for a gorgeous background for your beautiful butterfly! what great colors and thick clear UTEE on the delicate die cut - a lovely wedding card - thank you so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix up Cathy! Julia xx

  17. Wow, that die cut it stunning! Love the shine and thickness you achieved! So pretty! So happy you could share this with us at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes w/ Dies Challenge and good luck!

  18. Beautiful card, Cathy! I love the subtle background. Thanks for playing along at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It!

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