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Butterfly Birthday Wishes

It’s wonderful to get inspiration from Pinterest, it is certainly my favourite place to go and collect ideas.  If you are not yet confident with how to use Pinterest please let me know and I’ll run you through the basics.

I found this card from Fanny and loved it.  I made a few changes and here is my version…

A full list of supplies are here, please let me know if you have any questions!  Not listed are the retired Framelits “Apothecary Accents” and the retired Stampin Up! Washi tape from my stash.

Product List

Bitty Butterfly Punch


Elegant Butterfly Punch


Watercolor Paper


Watercolor Pencils


Aqua Painters


Gold Metallic Thread


Gold Sequin Trim


Pop Of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper


Basic Black A4 Card Stock


Shimmery White A4 Card Stock


Large Numbers Framelits Dies


Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies


Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper


A tutorial! Sponge brayer on vellum with a stencil!

This card has been my most popular one on Pinterest and a tutorial was well overdue!

Here’s a slightly updated version of the card…

For this card I have used inks in colours Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie (you could also use Peekaboo Peach) and Flirty Flamingo.  I’ve cut a stencil with the Detailed Floral Thinlit and some Window Sheets.  My step by step tutorial explains it all in a lot more detail, I have a full product list and some other colour combinations are shown afterwards.  Enjoy!

Your Tutorial

Using the Precision Base Plate and your Big Shot cut your stencil using the thinlit of your choice (I think the Detailed Floral one is perfect for this technique).  To get the stencil how I wanted it I offset the two thinlits from each other, this reduced the space between the two of them.  I’ve used a piece of Window Sheet for my stencil, depending on the tension of your Big Shot you may even need a shim to get nice deep cuts in the window sheet as it is thicker and harder to cut than cardstock).

Once the stencil has been cut brush out the cut pieces with your roller brush.  Be sure that all the pieces have been removed.

Cut a piece of vellum approximately 13cm x 10 cm.  You will trim it down afterwards so it doesn’t have to be precise now. Lay the stencil over the top of the vellum.

Start with your lightest colour, in my case Daffodil Delight.  Ink up your Sponge Brayer and roll it over one end of the stencil.


  1. Make sure that you roll the brayer all the way through the ink pad, don’t just go back and forth as you will not ink up the brayer evenly.
  2. Don’t push too hard with the brayer as the edge of the handle will dig into your foam ink pad and damage the surface (sadly I did do this to one of mine, I was pressing too hard on an ink pad that needed reinking).
  3. Make sure your ink pad is well inked and use your refills to top them up if need be (a great tip is to buy the refills when you buy your pads, they can be used for so many other techniques, if you do buy our InColor range the refills are always the first thing to sell out once they go into retiring status).

Continue with your second colour (mine was Pumpkin Pie or a well inked Peekaboo Peach will work well too), overlap and blend the two colours slightly.  Remember that when working on vellum it may seem that you are not achieving a good depth of colour however once you place the Whisper White underneath it will pop more.  I used a different sponge brayer for each different colour.

You’ll see that this stencil has too much blank space in the top third, offsetting your thinlits when you cut your stencil will prevent this.

Finish with your final colour (Flirty Flamingo for me, I changed the sponge brayer again).  Do not remove the stencil.

Sponge Brayers come in a packet of four sponges and two handles so they’re fantastic value and have plenty of sponges to easily make this project.

The sponges can be washed under the tap, I add a little dishwashing liquid to mine and squeeze and rinse them under warm water until the water runs clear (the sponge may remain stained, this does not affect their use).  Remember these sponge brayers are a consumable product, they have not been designed to last forever.  In saying that these ones have been extensively used in my classes and they’re holding up beautifully.

The next step is to keep the stencil in place and use your Versamark pad directly on the vellum.  If you don’t want to do this you could put some Versamark reinker on the lid and pick it up with a sponge dauber and then dab it over the inked sections.  Work from light to dark.

Remove the stencil and dump some Clear Embossing Powder over the top, flick off the excess and heat set with your heat tool.  This helps set the ink and give the ink a beautifully glossy finish.  Be careful with the heat on the vellum, only heat the powder until it melts, no longer.

Add your sentiment on the bottom of your base card (I love the Thick Whisper White Cardstock that we now have for my card bases.  If you want it to have the same glossy appearance stamp your sentiment in Versamark before your colour, quickly add clear embossing powder and then heat set.

(The other option is to stamp your colour, clean your stamp and stamp over the top with versa mark then add powder and set (it can be harder to line up your stamps doing it this way)).

You’ll now want to assemble your card.  You will need to trim your vellum piece down.  Yours may be slightly different to mine depending on how you lined up your thinlints to make your stencil.  Trim around your image to get a nice solid image, for me it is pretty much always around 8.3cm x 11.2 cm.  You will need to cut a piece of Whisper White to exactly the same size.  (You may prefer to adhere your Vellum to your Whisper White and cut them both at the same time – I have a guillotine style trimmer that works well for this).  I suggest using Fast Fuse to adhere the two layers together, I find that it doesn’t show through.

You will need to cut a mat in a coordinating colour, I used Flirty Flamingo.  My mat is 8.6cm x  11.5cm (so I’ve only made my mat 0.3cm bigger, you could make yours bigger if you wanted).    The mat is mounted onto the card base with dimensionals.

I’ve added a Dragonfly cut in Whisper White and then a solid Dragon Fly cut in Vellum.  I’ve put some metallic thread behind the dragonfly and scattered some rhinestones.  More samples are featured after this product list.

Product List

Big Shot


Heat Tool


Additional Samples

I’ve made a few more cards with similar supplies and simply changed up the colour combinations.

This one uses Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party Inks, the coordinating cardstock is Island Indigo.

This card has been made with Melon Mambo and Cherry Cobbler Inks.  The coordinating cardstock is Cherry Cobbler as the mat and Melon Mambo (for the Butterfly thinlits).  I added some Wink of Stella over the butterfly for that shimmery sparkle.  I hand cut a sold vellum butterfly to adhere under the thinlit (and attached it with the fine tip glue pen).

This card is also Melon Mambo and Cherry Cobbler.

This card features blue hues in the colours of Night of Navy, Island Indigo and Marina Mist.  The coordinating cardstock is Island Indigo, the sentiment has been stamped with Night of Navy ink (plus versamark and clear embossing powder).  Some pearls have been added for some extra interest.

This following card is so much prettier in real life.  I’ve used Bermuda Bay and Pool Party.  The Butterfly is three layers of cardstock (Bermuda Bay, Vellum and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper).  The cordinating cardstock is Bermuda Bay.

Finally another card hard to photograph well.  This Dragonfly was cut with our Stampin’ Up! Silver Foil.  The colours are Soft Sky and Pool Party, the coordinating cardstock is Pool Party.

Additional Product List

Bitty Banners Big Shot Die Framelits

Bitty Banners Big Shot Die Framelits


With Sympathy.

Unfortunately sympathy cards are needed every now and again.  I don’t enjoy knowing they are necessary but I’m grateful for the opportunity to show my respects.

Sadly I’ve had the need to make one and here is what I’ve come up with.  I think it will be lovely in other colour combinations and I’ll make some time to have a play around with others and will share my progress.

Points to note:

  1. I’ve used the Stitched Shapes Framelits (they’re available again!!!!) I love these.  I didn’t quite have the right oval framelit to mount the stamped image on so I cut the next size oval Stitched Shape Framelit and distressed the edge to bring it down to the right size.  To match in I distressed the edges of the other black mats too.
  2. The new Hexagon Dynamic Embossing Folder is absolutely divine, you will need to follow some tips to get a great result, I have attached a video but the main points are to spritz your paper with water prior to embossing and to only use one cutting pad (not the usual sandwich of two).  The video is for the “Cable Knit” embossing folder however the tips are all the same.
  3. I’ve embossed with black embossing powder (which is currently retired, I’m really hoping that Stampin’ Up! will bring it back), be sure to always use your Stampin’ Buddy prior to stamping with Versamark and then adding your embossing powder.  The Embossing Buddy will reduce the static on your cardstock and ensure the powder only sticks to where the versamark is.  The Embossing Buddy is well worth buying.
  4. The Black Satin Ribbon is retired, I suggest keeping some fabric scissors on hand for ribbon only, Stampin’ Up! used to sell some absolutely superb fabric scissors but I’ve checked and they’re retired, another sad realisation.
  5. When I coloured the image in with the Watercolour Pencils I also added a very fine line of gray around the outside of the image, this works as a bit of a shadow and really makes the image pop (thank you to Stephanie Pike for this awesome tip).
  6. On Watercolour Paper I would usually use an Aqua Painter however as the image is so fine I used a Blender Pen.
  7. This floral stamp is from “Avant Garden”, a sale-a-bration stamp set that you can choose for free with any order of $90.

Product List

Big Shot


Blender Pens


Black Stampin' Emboss Powder

Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder

Heat Tool


Birthday Wishes

Today I’m sharing another card made with a 30th birthday in mind.  I think this card is special enough for any milestone birthday.  The gold dots are actually an foil on acetate overlay, if you use it showing the other side they look silver.  I’ve used adhesive underneath the Bermuda bay section and under the black circle and that seems to be enough to hold it down well (it can be tricky as often the adhesive will show through the clear acetate sheets.)  The embossing folder I’ve used on the Bermuda Bay is just from my supplies (not SU).

Product List


Remember 30?

I was recently asked if I would make a card on a friend’s behalf.  As I had the time I decided to challenge myself and see what I could come up with.  The card was going to be the bigger A5 style that I rarely make and so I find much harder.

Pinterest was great for inspiration as always.  My friend has chosen this card but I do have a few others to show you and I hope to go back to Pinterest and complete some more based on the inspiration I pinned.

You will see the full list of items used below.  I have used the watercolour pencils and an aqua painter to get the colour onto the card (watercolour paper).  I embossed the card front last.  Not included below are the retired Basic Black Satin Ribbon and the numbers which were from a retired alphabet set (Timeless Type Junior Alphabet).  The stamp “Birthday” is from the stamp set “Tin of Cards” and I managed to cut out the “th” after 30 by using “thx” in the circle card Thinlit set (pictured here below, sadly it is now retired).

Product List

Circle Card Thinlits Die

Circle Card Thinlits Die


Product Spotlight – the Precision Base Plate

Have you noticed all the intricate framelits we have now?  Detailed butterflys, dragonflys and flowers are a beautiful addition to your creations but if they take a long time to cut it may feel like they are not worth using.

We now have the precision base plate and the difference it makes to cutting a framelit is incredible.  The video explains how to use the plate in the Big Shot, remember to NOT use it with your magnetic platform.  More detailed information on how to use your Big Shot can be found in my previous post here.

Here is an example of a butterfly cut using our standard platform in the big shot, it looks ok from the top but once you flip it over you can see that some of the cuts are not deep enough…

This is the view from the back, this butterfly is not going to be easy to get out!

This butterfly has been cut using the Precision Base Plate…

Nice shape deep cuts that can been seen from the back!

Give it a good brush with the fantastic Die Cut Brush, another Stampin’ Up! product!

Viola, this butterfly popped off the framelit with no hassles at all!

Looking up close at the framelit, can you see all those small round “holes” that don’t have anything to do with the butterfly design – these are there simply to help you to gently ease your cut image out of the framelit, you can pop your paper piercer into these holes to push the cut cardstock out. Easy!

For some extra tips watch this video by my bestie Shannon (she doesn’t know she is my bestie yet)…

Remember you can place your own orders in my online store or contact me and I’ll place it for you!

Product List

Precision Base Plate


Big Shot Die Brush


Happy Stampin’


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