Sunday, February 19, 2023

A Butterfly Challenge—Day 5

If you’re joining us late, we are in the midst of a series of cards made with Copic-colored butterflies. The first four cards (see previous posts) each used one butterfly die cut and explored various ways to let a single small image enhance a card…or carry it entirely. 

Today, we’ll get totally crazy and use TWO butterflies on one card. Wow. Really getting out of my box, am I not?

Regardless, one commenter from the seven posts in the series will win a $25 gift card to Simon Says Stamp. So get commenting! The drawing will happen 48 hours after the last post in the series.

Let’s dive in to Day 5!

These two butterflies were grayer shades of teal and yellow/orange, and they seemed to complement each other. Now that I see the photo on my screen, it seems that the sentiment is crooked. 

Darn it. 

For this design, I created a very small space for the focal point, keeping everything in close proximity and overlapping the butterflies. If the sentiment were straight, it would be perfect! 

Alas, rarely do we get perfection in real life. 


And now for today’s question: what is your strategy for purchasing/owning ink? Do you have pigment, dye, oxide, solvent, spectrum, distress, chalk, or some other kind I can’t think of right now? Or do you stick with good black inks to stamp outline images to color with markers or pencils or paints? Which ink or inks do you use the most and why? 

I’m an unrepentant ink whore. I’ve never met a quality ink pad I didn’t love, and I have at least a few pads of every single one I listed above. Dye inks are my most used. I’ve now got the entire collection of Simon Says Stamp pawsitively saturated inks, quite a few of the Ranger Archival permanent dye inks and the Hero Arts older inks, a dozen or so StampinUp old-school inks, and a bunch of Tim Holtz distress ink cubes. I’ve also got Kaleidacolor and Hero spectrum pads. Then there are the dozens of pigment and chalk inks…which rarely get used but are too pretty to get rid of. All the pretty colors of all the inks are too awesome for me to resist!

I might need an intervention. 

So, what’s your strategy for purchasing/owning ink?

Mercy, grace, peace, and love,



  1. The two butterflies compliment each other beautifully.
    Ink pads! - I don't have a large quantity, but use mainly Memento, distress and oxides , and also have a few Brilliance and other odd ones

  2. Love the bflies! I have so much ink from multiple companies. I no longer allow myself to get any more!

  3. Strategy?? None...just buy what I like...have too many as most of us do. Have mostly Oxides and a growing collection of Catherine Pooler, plus some older & well loved Brilliance and Kaleidacolor inks.

  4. Love the two butterflies on this card! My inks are a mish-mash of many companies. I started out with a large number of Stampin' Up pads that last a very long time. I still like them and sometimes add more SU pads. Lately I'm really liking the ink colors from Gina K. I'm so happy that I don't have 'full set syndrome', as there are too many good colors to choose from all the various companies.

  5. I don't have many inks, a few distress oxides and basic black. I did 'acquire' numerous little cubes at the beginning of my card making, various makes but I didn't know much about stamping and embossing.... Don't think we had PCs either!! lol
    Really enjoying this butterfly series.

  6. I haven't bought any ink in awhile, and I have a LOT of distress ink that I rarely use now. I tend to gravitate towards Hero Arts ink pads. I have thrown away a few ink pads lately that have dried up...don't remember the brand(s).

  7. I always admire the way you mat white cardstock on white. I find that very difficult to do for some reason.
    As for strategy........there's none!
    I own 24 SU ink pads, they haven't failed me in eight years. A few assorted Distress inks, I don't own any oxides. Lately I've ordered a few sets of Altenew dye inks and I love them for stamping layering flowers. Versamark Onyx black is my go to black ink. That's all I have.
    Priya Venkat

  8. I started out with Stampin' Up pads. Now I especially love Distress Oxides and have many! The colors are luscious. I ALWAYS love your cards and your often hilarious comments about stamping!

  9. such a great card. After buying way way way too many inks, I've limited myself to Concord & 9th (foam), Pinkfresh Studio (dye) and Distress Oxides. I have all the colors of the first 2 and learned this week that both companies are releasing more colors this year. Not sure I will get them all. I have about 20 Distress Oxides and that's enough. I use them for ink blending and stenciling. I still have some Stamp Market inks, but when they go dry I will not replace except for Citrine and Orchid. I like those colors. Nothing wrong with that brand, but I don't need them.


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