Butterflies & Giveaway starting today

Hello and welcome!

Today is a very special day. I was selected to participate at Growing in Unity by sharing a bunch of cards with you and I get to host a giveaway on my blog this week. Unity will be giving 25 random stamps to two lucky winners!! So here is what you need to do to participate: Visit my blog each day and leave a comment in each post for a greater chance to win. You do not have to leave a comment each day, but this increases your chances of winning.

I have three cards to share today, so let’s jump right into today’s cards…

The supplies I used to create today’s cards are:

Card #1

This first card was stamped with water resistant black ink and the Migration of Beauty Background stamp. The ink I used is Gina K’s Amalgam Ink. I used a technique called Ink Smooshing on the card stock. Ink Smooshing is: After putting some water colors on the piece of acetate and spraying it down with more water, I pressed it against the paper to get it over the butterflies. If you don’t have watercolors, you could also press your ink pad against the acetate and then spray it liberally with water. You could also use your Tim Holtz glass mat for this instead of using acetate, but the acetate gives you more visibility on where your color is, so keep that in mind. I made two of these backgrounds, so I could have one for my third card (coming last).

While my butterfly background card stock was drying, I stamped the Say It Big sentiment for birthdays on a 110 lbs card stock with my sentiment ink which stays wet a little longer. I then quickly sprinkled clear embossing powder on it. I stamped the “Happy” sentiment as well but did not emboss it.

Once my card stock was dry, I added some Pixie Dust to my butterflies and some black sparkling peel offs on the edges. It’s hard to see in this card how sparkly the butterflies are but I think that gives the card a little something extra. And the Liquid Pixie Dust is amazing!

I fussy cut the sentiment and propped it up with foam squares in the middle of the image and adhered the background to my card base.

Card #2

This card was very simple and quick. I stamped the Migration of Beauty Background stamp with VersaMark on a white card stock and sprinkled gold embossing powder over it. Then I heat set the card to melt the powder.

I also stamped the Say it Big birthday sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink and fussy cut it. I did not use clear embossing powder on this sentiment because I did not want the sentiment to be glossy so the golden butterflies would pop in the background. I adhered both sentiments with foam squares and the card was finished!

Card #3

My last card for today was made very similar to my first. After ink squashing the color onto my background (and on this card I used a water brush to help guide the color), I put the card stock aside to dry. I stamped the Thank you sentiment with VeraMark Ink and then sprinkled gold embossing powder over the card and heat set it. After fussy cutting the sentiment, I cut a butterfly with vellum. Once my background was dry, I adhered the sentiment with foam squares and the vellum butterfly with glue. And the card was ready to be added to a card base.

That’s it for my first cards. Please feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below. Or leave a comment for a chance to win Unity stamps.

Check back for more cards tomorrow!

Happy Monday to Everyone!


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49 thoughts on “Butterflies & Giveaway starting today”

  1. I love the butterfly stamp. I can not lie I am not one for the big sentiments but love how you did color and do the butterflies I have that stamp and need to get more done with it Thank you for sharing

  2. These cards are amazing! I love this butterfly stamp. I didn’t think I needed another butterfly stamp but now you changed my mind. I love how you used it on all three cards. ❤️

  3. Gorgeous cards. And I appreciate the lists of supplies included in your blog as that makes it easier to do this on my own.

  4. Absolutely Beautiful Cards Good Work!!! Your Cards Are Cute And Very Beautiful I Love The Mix Of Colors You Use They Turned Out Amazing!!!
    I Love Butterflies 3 Days Ago I Have Started Drawing A Butterflie Dreamcatcher Fingers Cross It Turns Out… You Are Doing An Amazing Job And Your Blog Is Fantastic Well Done

  5. Your cards are amazing!!! Great job! Both of these stamp sets are my favorites!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  6. Love, love, love all those butterflies!! Your cards are gorgeous and I look forward to your GIU week.

  7. I love the ink smooshing and then adding the liquid pixie dust, great idea! All three cards are beautiful.

  8. Just recently got the stamp and I’ve been loving it. Especially for summer and spring cards. I’ve actually been coloring all of the butterflies, so I love this concept of inks smooshing and water coloring! The gold embossing is beautiful and would never have thought about that. Thanks for some great ideas to use with my new stamp!

  9. What a great way to show off this background 3 different ways. All three cards are great, it’s hard to choose 1…but the gold is calling me.

  10. Simply beautiful! I love this Migration of beauty stamp. It is so versatile I use it for several occasions. Looking forward to seeing your creativity showing this week. Thanks for sharing your talents.

  11. All three cards are Beautiful, I love butterflies and you did such a great job creating these, I will be trying these as I have both the stamps and just love what you did, can’t wait for you creations this week….GREAT JOB’ THANK YOU

  12. Love these and am going to have to case these as I have both of these stamps. Definitely going to ink smoosh the butterfly background great idea!

  13. Your cards are so beautiful and full of energy. I love the vellum butterfly, it is awesome. Looking forward to your creations this weeK!

  14. I love seeing the stamp done three ways. The ink smooshing turned out quite lovely and the big sentiments seem custom made for the border stamps.

  15. Your cards are fabulous! Love the bold sentiments in the Say It Big set. I have the set but haven’t had a chance to put them to use yet!

  16. Beautiful cards! I love that butterfly background! I love the variety you shared today using the same stamp! Wonderful!

  17. Love the butterfly cards–all of them! I have used that stamp a number of times. Had not colored them as much as you did and I love yours!

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