Happy Technique Tuesday, everyone!!! You all know I am loving butterflies right now! I also know that you all are loving them too because the Butterfly Duet Punch flew off the shelves like magic. Wowza there were so many sold so quickly, Stampin’ Up couldn’t keep up and trust me they were ordering more just as fast as we were buying. So for those of you who have this amazing bundle, check this out. For those of you still waiting, Pin This or save it for later! Sponging butterflies is soooooo much fun and endless color options! A big shout out to Patty Bennett for the fabulous inspiration!
Are these not the most stunning things you have ever seen??? LOVE IT!!!!! It is super easy to do too which is just icing on the cupcake!
I started with a Basic Black card base. Next, I layered a piece of the Botanical Butterfly Sale-A-Bration Designer Paper (3-3/4″ x 5″) onto a piece of colored cardstock (4″ x 5-1/4″). I used Gorgeous Grape and Mango Melody for the samples above! Before adding this layer to the card front, I tied some Black/Silver Striped Ribbon around the bottom. I love the little hint of shimmer in this ribbon but still sticking to a black and white with pops of color theme!
Also, since the card base is black, I had to add a piece of Whisper White to the inside of the card. Using the Well Said Stamp Set, I stamped the coordinating greeting from the front on the bottom of the inside. The 4th little butterfly that is punched out fits perfectly on the inside as well for a fabulous look!!! The greeting on the front was just stamped, trimmed around and layered on to coordinating cardstock to really make it POP! I added the greeting with Stampin’ Dimensionals. For the card above, I used Pumpkin Pie on the greeting!
Okay now for sponging butterflies to make them look stunning! Simply stamp your favorite butterfly style from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set in Black Ink onto Whisper White cardstock. Then using a Sponge Dauber, add some color down the center. For the big butterfly, I was able to just dauber up and down. For the little butterfly, I had to sort of tilt it to the side to only add a little bit of color. If I used the full dauber, it would have covered the whole butterfly. As you can see, I used Gorgeous Grape and Bermuda Bay for one of the butterflies and Pumpkin Pie and Mango Melody for the other. After the centers are complete, take the second color and brush the edges, making sure to blend into the center color a bit. Don’t worry, it will look a bit messy but once you punch them out. AMAZING!
If you are dying to recreate this and don’t have the Butterfly Duet Punch yet, you can always fussy cut the butterflies! Which color combination is your favorite?
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