Butterfly Border

I have a couple of cards today featuring the border stamp ‘Butterfly Garden’ from Darkroom Door. The stamp is quite large, as it was designed with scrapbooks and art journals in mind. It is such a lovely stamp I wanted to feature it on cards also. I used an emboss resist technique on both cards, stamping in black ink then embossing in clear powder.  The embossing resists liquid when I add it over the top making it possible to paint and blend over the image to create a colourful background.

To create the warm toned card above I stamped the butterfly garden stamp in spiced marmalade ink beside the embossed image then added distress stains over and around the stamping. I left soft blends in most places but added extra stain inside the butterflies. Once the background was dry I splattered some water drops to create a few watermarks.

On this second card I wanted to feature as much of the large stamp as I could so I designed a wide card that would fit in a business envelope. I once again added distress stains over the embossed image trapping colour inside the butterflies and amongst the fern fronds. I die cut the panel into three squares then framed with before adding them to a natural coloured card base.


Stamps:   butterfly garden, happy birthday (Darkroom Door)
Cardstock:  hot pressed watercolour paper, pale green, black and rust cardstock
Ink: versafine onyx black ink (Tsukineko), Spiced Marmalade distress ink & Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Rusty Hinge, Scattered Straw, Aged Mahogany, Broken China, Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint distress stains(Ranger)
Also: clear embossing powder, gold cord

10 Comments on “Butterfly Border”

  1. Joan diemyer says:

    Your cards are absolutely beautiful. I so enjoy this email every day. You are one talented lady!

  2. Shauna Todd says:

    Love the cards! The second one with the 3 panels is so pretty!

  3. memalagene says:

    Gorgeous cards! Did you use a sponge dauber to apply inks on the background & the stain dropped into the butterflies and embossed ferns?

    • Heather says:

      I didn’t use a sponge dauber, I painted the stain on with a paintbrush keeping it loose so the colour would move around. Glad you like them.

  4. Clelie says:

    I am so glad you create and post…it is like receiving a wonderful GIFT each morning!!! These are glorious! ♥♥♥

  5. maureenchandler says:

    Lovely cards – thanks so much for sharing!!

  6. Pat says:

    Fabulous backgrounds and love the ferns and butterflies image and the different ways you have used it on each card work wonderfully. Gorgeous finished cards Heather. x

  7. Lindsey says:

    Both are so pretty! And a great example of how versatile a stamp can be if you think outside the box a bit.

  8. Shaz in Oz.x says:

    wonderful again, Heather I love this card design and am sure I could do it with some stamps I have … love darkroom door but hate buying more when you have so much underused… need to just think around it.. 😀
    A great thought to add them as a shadow in inky colours to the left of image.
    Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration!
    Shaz in Oz.x


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