Positive Thoughts – Pretty Butterfly

Our current challenge at HANDSTAMPED SENTIMENTS (#381) is a color challenge.

I selected the Sketch from the Paper Players (#575) Challenge.  My personal challenge was to use this sketch to create a single layer card highlighting the new Layering Decorative Masks – Butterflies and Flowers.

Here is the result:



  • Card Base: (8½” x 5½” scored at 4¼”) Basic Black cardstock.
  • Background Panel: (4” x 5¼”) Basic White cardstock.
  • Focal Image – Butterfly (3¾” x 2¾”)
    • From the new Butterflies &Flowers Layering Decorative Masks pack, I chose the Butterfly mask.  The mask was held in place with re-positional low tack tape and other aspects were masked with Post-It Notes as needed.
    • Petal Pink ink was added with a Blending Brush to the open body Butterfly.
    • The detail Butterfly Wings were positioned over the open body Butterfly and Daffodil Delight ink was added with a Blending Brush.
    • Pumpkin Pie ink was added with a Sponge Dauber to the Butterfly Wings edges and dots.
    • To make the Butterfly stand out from the background, I used the fine-tipped end of the Stampin’ Write Basic Black Marker to outline/doodle the image.
    • I created a temporary mask by tracing the open Butterfly on to copy paper and trimming it with Paper Snips.  I used this mask to cover the entire Butterfly.
  • Panel Split – Top: (4” x 2”) Soft Seafoam ink was added with a Blending Brush. The soft color frames the Butterfly.
  • Panel Split – Bottom: (4” x 3¼”)
    • I selected the Mini Diamond patterned mask from the retired Pattern Party Decorative Masks set. This mask was chosen for the small pattern.
    • Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Petal Pink inks were added with Blending Brushes for an Ombre look.
    • Once dry, I added Soft Seafoam ink over top with a Blending Brush to blend with the top and tone down the “white”.
    • The sentiment, Sending positive thoughts…, from the Positive Thoughts stamp set was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
  • The Butterfly image felt like it needed a little something else.  Using Stampin’ Blends, I added a little Pumpkin Pie color to the Butterfly body and a bit of retired Soft Sky shading around the Butterfly.

The completed panel was added to the card base and a few Matte Black Dots embellishments were also affixed for subtle bling.

It can be scary and challenging to create a single layer card that incorporates patterns and images. Often single layer cards fall in to the very clean and simple esthetic.

I am happy with how this card turned out.  It will be going to a friend who has just let me know she is having some health issues.

I hope I have given you some inspiration and that you will try using your Decorative Masks.

Will you join us for this Color challenge and post your creations.  I look forward to seeing what you will make?

Thanks for spending some of your time with me today.   Cheers,  Jolanda!

Need a card? Ask me and I can create one for you.  Want the supplies to create your own, let me know and I can help you with that too!

Like this card? Want to make one similar?
I would LOVE to be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator. If you live in the United States, you can order your paper crafting supplies from my on-line store.  It is so easy. THANK YOU!

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Published by Jolanda Johnstone

Owner of THE INQUE SPOT STUDIO - Creative Space for Stamping & Paper Crafting and Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in South Carolina.

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