How to Make a Stamped Butterfly Card
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How to Make a Stamped Butterfly Card

Difficulty Intermediate
Budget £10 - £30
Time 1 hr +

Project and how-to make instructions by Enfys Cashmore

As soon as I saw the beautiful layered butterfly stamps from Hampton Art, I knew that I wanted them to fly across a brilliant blue sky, and that distress inks would make the perfect background for my butterfly card. The stamps are so versatile, you can use all, or just some of the layers, to create many different effects. The bold, clean outline makes cutting them out really easy so there's no need for corresponding dies. Another way to create this card would be to heat emboss the butterflies before inking the background - it's fun to see the set white embossing powder resist the ink. There are also tiny flowers and butterflies included in the set, which could add another variation to your background.

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How to make

Step 1

Cut a sheet of white card to 12 x 12cms. Ink with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks and a blending tool – I used Salty Ocean, Peacock Feather and Blueprint Sketch. Dry the panel with a heat tool before moving on to the next step.

Stamped Butterfly card

Step 2

Using embossing ink, stamp the top detailed image from the layered butterfly stamp set onto the panel, sprinkle with white embossing powder and set with a heat tool. Continue to stamp two more butterflies on to the panel in the same way, setting each with a heat tool as you go.

Stamped Butterfly Card

Step 3

Using water and a stiff bristle brush, flick water onto the surface of the panel – the water reacts with the ink and adds interesting texture and dimension. Leave to dry.

Stamped butterfly card

Step 4

On a scrap of white card use the Stamp Perfect stamp press to stamp all the butterfly layers. To start use the lightest ink, Salty Ocean for the solid base stamp, then add detail with Peacock Feathers, then the third detail stamp in Blueprint Sketch. Dry with a heat tool, then add the final top detailed stamp in embossing ink, sprinkle with white embossing powder and set with the heat tool. Cut out just the body and wings and set aside – please see the picture below to see how the image builds.

Stamped butterfly card

Step 5

Stamp the sentiment in black ink, then cut the panel into three 4cm wide strips. Cut a piece of plain dark blue card to 14 x 14 cms.

Stamped butterfly card

Step 6

Assemble the panel onto the blue card leaving a small border between the panels, ensuring all the elements sit squarely. Adhere the cut butterfly applying glue on the body only leaving the wings free. Add a few sequins for extra shine.

Stamped butterfly card

Step 7

Add the completed assembled panel to a white card blank using foam pads.

Stamped butterfly card

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