Butterfly birthday

I have seen a few cards lately with backgrounds made using acrylic blocks so I decided to give it a try. I dabbed ink onto the block using the memento dew drop inks then spritzed it with water and let it blend and run on the block before stamping the block onto the card base. On top of that I stamped the maidenhair several times in three greens before completing the scene with a black butterfly and sentiment. I have seen similar backgrounds with a lot more colour and ink so I will continue experiment with the technique. We are enjoying gorgeous summer weather this week and I am seeing some butterflies too.

Thanks for dropping by.


Stamps: Flourish Birthday,  Social Butterfly (PB)
Ink: Memento  New Sprout, Pear Tart, Bamboo Shoot & Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)

21 Comments on “Butterfly birthday”

  1. What a gorgeous composition!! come by my blog….freebies await your creative fingers:)

  2. miek says:

    Very nice card !

  3. Gibmiss says:

    Fabulous card Heather…….love that butterfly stamp…..
    Hugs sylvie xx

  4. Lynne Hurlburt says:

    Love it. Great job!! Hugs n’ Stuff, Lynne

  5. Maureen Chandler says:

    This technique is fun and I have done it a couple of times with different colors. You did a beautiful job with the butterfly and inks – thanks so much!

  6. Gery says:

    I’m laughing about myself. I always get a little exited when I see in my sidebar, that you have a new post.
    Can’t wait to take a look, even if I have to do somethingelse, I first HAVE to look!!!
    You made a beautiful card with this technique. I learned something from you , because I never did this with the Memento Inks (always Distress Ink).
    I’m going to give it a try, because your card looks stunning with these inks.
    Love the simplicity of the butterfly on this background, it’s a perfect combination.
    Groetjes Gery

  7. Connie says:

    Love this card and technique! Thanks for sharing. The stamp set looks like a must-have!

  8. Ardyth says:

    An acrylic block instead of a sponge! Good for you! lol! I love the effect you’ve achieved! And I MUST have that butterfly – the size of it and the shape and those dots and how crisply stamped in black! Wow! Off to find it right away!

  9. Jan Castle says:

    Having sooooo much fun with all the techniques you share Heather…..just finished 6 ‘one layer card’ for our Ink’ll Do card club challenge…will be interesting to see what everyone comes up with (all have been turned on to your blog). I used your tile inspiration for mine…however I used a diagonal grid die cut as my base to sponge. I REALLY like the way it turned out….topped with Penny Black’s ‘ Dreamy’ flower embossed with black diamond embossing powder.
    Now to try today’s inspiration….love your card, and woo Hoo, just got this set of Penny Black butterflies yesterday!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan in Salem, Oregon, USA

  10. Vicky says:

    This is the perfect background for that butterfly Heather. Have just been enjoying catching up with your latest gorgeous cards. Lovely to read about your daughter’s surprise 16th birthday party – what a lovely idea!

  11. Debbie says:

    Love the butterfly in black over the wonderful background!

  12. Brenda says:

    I am probably not getting it…But does one wait for teh ink to dry after the acrylic block step, before stamping with the set of 3 greens?

  13. Beautiful background!

  14. Awesome, I will have to try this out! Such a pretty card, love the colors!

  15. Lindsey says:

    Love how this turned out! I find acrylic block backgrounds can be a bit hit-and-miss, but this one turned out perfectly!

  16. Linda says:

    Glad I stumbled onto your blog, Heather! The style of your card so refreshing…clean and simple is not always easy to pull off but you did it beautifully. Just gorgeous! TFS!

  17. Beautiful card! I love this technique…will have to try it!! TFS!

  18. Thanks for sharing the process, Heather. Have never tried this technique, but it is absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful card!!

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  20. Marja says:

    WOW heather this is gorgeous. I have mist this card, it is so beautiful Love the fantastic butterfly of PB.
    Lovely greet

  21. Gabby says:

    Great inking, color, design. 🙂

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