Butterfly Basics Collage Birthday Card

by Joanne James16. January 2015 09:00

It's Friday - always a great day of the week! Today I'm sharing a card made with this week's sketch layout over at Retrosketches and I also used the colour palette over at Color Throwdown:


I love the colour palette above and the fun pattern that inspired it; I have lots of birthdays coming up, so I decided to go with something less whimsy and combined with the sketch ink up my Butterfly Basics stamp set for the first time and create a birthday card:

I just love this stamp set and judging by the samples I've seen on Pinterest, I'm not the only one. You can create some amazing big and bold images with this set, particularly if you use the large intricate butterfly thinlit dies that come with it. For my card today though, I decided to create a smaller collage-style panel, layering the various images and adding a strip of washi tape and and linen thread for interest and to bring the whole thing together. For my stamped panel I used naturals ivory cardstock, as I wanted to create a more natural feel that was less stark than standard vanilla. I also used a little Pear Pizzazz for my fern; not a colour on the palette, but since Tammy over at Color Throwdown did the same and gave permission as it does appear in the inspiration photo, I thought I would take advantage (thank you Tammy!) Lastly, I stamped my butterfly in Calypso Coral onto some naturals ivory cardstock before adhering to my card. I left my Pool Party card base clean, although after putting the whole thing together did think I'm going to make another version of this card with a more detailed background (I'm all about ringing the changes - one to share another time!)

My February technique stamp class is going to feature the Butterfly Basics stamp set and will feature tips, tricks and techniques to get the most out of your thinlit dies. If you live in Northampton or the surrounding Northants/Bucks/Beds area, you are more than welcome to join me. You can find my full class schedule here - just contact me for more details and to book your place. 

I hope you all have fun weekends planned - mine will no doubt be a busy one, as usual. Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


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Comments (6) -

Wanda Cullen
Wanda CullenUnited States
1/17/2015 3:15:53 AM #

Gorgeous card!  Really love the stamped off fern and lacy butterfly!  Think you have enabled me. Smile. So glad you were able to join us at Color Throwdown!


Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/17/2015 8:36:22 PM #

Thanks Wanda - so glad you like my card and I've been your enabler today - don't you just love it when that happens?!!


Karen M
Karen MUnited Kingdom
1/17/2015 6:57:42 PM #

What a lovely vintage card, joanne. I love the butterfly and the background you've created kx


Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/17/2015 8:39:01 PM #

Thanks Karen - I don't do much vintage or collage, but I love this set and it lends itself nicely to both.


Tammy Hershberger
Tammy HershbergerUnited States
1/19/2015 7:24:55 PM #

FABulous design!  I LOVE how you used the Throwdown colors and the Retro sketch!  Thanks for joining us for the Color Throwdown.


Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/19/2015 10:00:39 PM #

Thanks Tammy - a great colour combo this week!


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