Monday, May 18, 2015

More Butterflies

Let me apologize now to any of you who are sick of butterflies. I know the feeling of disgust over-familiarity can breed. I feel the same way about the color brown. But butterflies are so pretty, so colorful, so delicate and helpless and symbolic.

The world can't have too many butterflies. So for today's cards, I created borders using lots butterflies.

Up first is a study in warm colors...Hero Arts rust and Ancient Page henna combine with the layered stamping for warmth and richness. The sentiment is stamped in Memento cocoa. The border line is metallic copper ink. Rather than stamping the butterfly bodies, I put a single large dark-red pearl in the center. This keeps the design cleaner. And I like how the butterflies are beside the sentiment as if they really are flitting by!

Next, we have cooler blues (Hero Arts cornflower and Memento Danube blue), combined with silver metallic ink and silver half beads. The sentiment is stamped in Memento tuxedo black. These butterflies are heading up like a happy thought!

This stamp set--Hero Arts Color Layering Butterflies--has been a delight to work with. I'd really been wanting to play with combining colors, and my experiments yielded lots of scrap paper with some weird and wacky color combos, some that looked okay, and some that were amazing! This play proved to me once and for all that we stampers truly can never, ever, never have too many colors of ink.

It also proved that organizing stamps by type (dye vs. pigment) and then by color, rather than by vendor, is useful. Note that each of today's cards uses ink from multiple vendors, but the colors work so very well together.


stamps: Hero Arts, Gina K (thinking of you sentiment)
paper: Papertrey white
ink: various
accessories: half pearls, half beads, silver and copper metallic markers


  1. lovely

  2. There can never be too many butterflies!! Of course, that being said, I should note that I probably use them too often. I find they are perfect for those teen girl cards that can't be too girly for my teen boys to give!!

    Love the color combinations!

  3. Beautiful and remember you can never have too many butterflies. Ok

  4. So how do you organize your inks if they are mixed up by brand? They don't all stack/fit nicely together. Do you have them all I separate drawers? OCD Minds want to know! Thank you.

  5. IMO, there can never be too many butterflies! Each one is unique. I would like to see some more dragonflies though. I feel that they work better for a "man card". I must seek out more dragonflies.


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