Monday, August 16, 2010

With Deepest Sympathy

A friend lost her father this last week. I don't keep sympathy cards on hand. Many months ago I had seen this tutorial by Jennifer McGuire, and this is pretty much a CASE from the stand point of the coloring and card shape. But I did do somethings differently.

I had never used a digi print before. Jennifer's video goes into great detail about how to buy, download, and use the digi print, so I won't cover it.

I started by cutting out a mask of the areas I wanted to keep the color from. Then I sponged Mustard Seed along the outer wing edges.

After removing the masks you can see that the wing tips and spots are still white.

Then I sponged Wild Honey in the center and used Jennifer's method for the wing tips (flat piece of scrap paper as a mask).

Then I used the other part of the mask that had the spots cut out and sponged blue from the center out; being very careful not to cross the line (you can still see a bit of white).

The larger spots I sponged directly with a twisting motion.

Then like Jennifer, I stamped the "FRIENDS DEFINITION" over the entire area. I selected a Twinkling H2O that matched the Broken China blue and painted circles around the edges. You can see it's still wet in the upper left.

And a coppery color along the wing veins. Once dry you get a glimmer. The body was colored a darker brown with a Copic marker. Then I cut out two single butterfly shapes and adhered them together. One I wanted to cover any color that might have gotten on the back of the colored butterfly. And two, I wanted the butterfly shape to have a little more strength. Stampin Up! Whisper White is a great card stock for sponging (there's no tooth to it so the color flows), but it's not very sturdy.

I cut more card stock 4.25" x 11" and scored it, like a normal card. I off set the colored butterfly just a bit, so there would be a fold along the wing edge.

I made antennae out of wire and placed it between the colored butterfly and the card.

Stamps: Hero Arts digi-print & FRIENDS DEFINITION
Paper: Stampin Up! Whisper White
Ink: Distress Ink
Accessories: wire, Twinkling H2O's


  1. This is awesome. So beautiful. Love everything about it.

  2. Gorgeous card, Deb -- the accents are perfect real-life butterfly shimmer! I definitely need to check out this tutorial; thanks for sharing!!

  3. Stunning butterfly. Makes a nice card too. TFS

  4. This is so stunning and I am sure your friend will treasure this card!

  5. Deb, thanks for the tutorial. The butterfly is very beautiful !

  6. How beautiful! Cards like this take time and patience but the out come is so pretty.
    Thanks for sharing! :o)

  7. wow, wow, wow deb, this is aweosme!!!

  8. Beautiful Deb! thanks for sharing the process!
    Pam Going Postal

  9. Wow, Deb, what a masterpiece! The colors just pop!