Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Butterfly Sympathy

I love that one of you (Lu C) said she prefers to make sympathy cards as needed because she creates better with a person in mind. How kind! She's a beautiful example of how we can all express our crafty creativity differently. Thanks for sharing that, Lu.

Today's three cards spotlight butterflies. Butterfly cards sell particularly well at Karen's Card Shop because everyone who knew Karen knew of her passion for butterflies.

First up, butterflies stamped using markers and a water spritzer. I tried several times to eliminate the blotchy effect here but finally gave in to it. I think stamping on absorbent watercolor paper requires WAY more water than stamping on ordinary card stock.

After creating such blotchy images, I used pigment ink to get VERY smooth images on the second card.

By the way, I prefer the blotchy butterflies to the smooth ones. That surprised me.

Finally, I used a bit leftover of watercolor background and a butterfly punch for this super-simple and elegant card. It's my favorite of the three.

Which is your favorite?

stamps: Papertrey, Uniko
ink: Archival black; VersaMagic concord grape, pretty petunia
paper: watercolor paper
accessories: markers water spritzer, rhinestones, butterfly punch, watercolor


  1. First, blue is my all time favorite color, so the third card takes first. But I also like the butterfly on the right of the first card...love the way the green is a highlight to the yellow on the wings. All three cards are wonderful sympathy cards.
    Lu C

  2. Yup, the blue butterfly card is my favorite. I do like the colors of the "blotchy" one. Maybe if you outlined the body to define it would make the butterfly stand out. Whoa, me suggesting to you, what a concept! teehee

  3. The blue one is perfection. And I love the others too! Each is so different.

  4. I like the splotchy butterflies better, too. It adds interest and movement to them, & they Look more real, 'cause after all, butterflies are not usually a solid color:) Well, maybe one or two are-hmmmmmmmm.
    It seems even if I have sympathy cards on hand, I end up making a special one when I need one.


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