With nature at the heart of this dreamy design, PaperCrafter reader Naomi Hanlon’s uplifting greeting incorporates clever stamping techniques, heat-embossed accents and seamlessly blended distress oxide inks in calming blues and purples. Bound to get your loved one’s heart fluttering, adorn your make with die-cut butterfly motifs and decorate with a scatter of gems for those final glitzy finishing touches.
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Stamps: Dawn Bibby Creations Fantasy Blossom & Daisy, Excotic Flourish; Craft Buddy Gem It Flight Of Fancy; Altenew Painted Rose
Ink pads: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide, Wilted Violet, Broken China; black; clear embossing
Embossing powder, white
Tools: blending, heat, anti-static, waterbrush
1 Stamp one large and two small butterflies onto white card using Wilted Violet and Broken China distress oxide inks. Use a waterbrush to spread some of the ink from the stamped images to create a watercolour effect on the wings.
2 Cut out the butterflies, then apply gems to the edges of the wings. Trim white card to 12cm square. Brush the panel over with an anti-static tool, then stamp small flowers over the background with clear embossing ink. Sprinkle over white embossing powder and heat-set.
3 Apply a little distress oxide ink onto a craft mat, pick up the pigment with a waterbrush and cover the embossed floral panel. Mix a little water into the remaining ink on the craft mat, dip your waterbrush into it and tap gently over the top to create subtle splashes.
4 Using a blending tool, apply distress ink around the edges of the card. Create a 15cm square blank and stamp leaves over the front using distress oxide ink in Wilted Violet. Cover the card with the two coloured distress oxide inks, using a blending tool to combine the colours.
5 Trim navy card to 12.5cm square, matt the floral embossed panel on top and glue the three butterfly toppers into place. Secure the panel to the centre of the card with 3D foam pads. Stamp a sentiment onto white in black ink, matt onto navy and trim. Fix to the bottom-left of the greeting to finish.
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