Thursday, 6 December 2007

A flurry of butterflies

What IS the collective term for butterflies?* This card is made with a fantastic stamp set called Shapes & Shadows. I love this set because it's fun, funky and incredibly versatile as it includes flowers, butterflies, leaves, Christmas trees, and snowflakes. The technique used here is two-step stamping. If you look closely you'll see that I stamped a solid butterfly in a pale colour and then used the corresponding outline butterfly to stamp over the top in a darker shade. The best thing about the stamps is that they are not designed to to fit each other perfectly - so there's no need to try! As long as you stamp roughly on top, it will look great. When I stamp a random pattern, I always make sure I turn the stamp around a little every time, so that the result doesn't look like a pattern.

I think it's easier to read if I post the "recipe" like this:

Stamps: Shapes & Shadows (p54); Sincere Salutations (p61).
Cardstock: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Whisper White.
Ink: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Mellow Moss.
Accessories: Gingham Ribbon - Moss (p86).

(All page numbers refer to the UK Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalogue 2007-2008)

* It's a "flight of butterflies" or a "rabble of butterflies" apparently. I prefer "flight" as I think "rabble" implies some kind of misbehaviour.


  1. This is a very pretty card. Lovely colour combo and the Mellow Moss ribbon is a perfect accent.

  2. I'd rather be in a rabble than a flight any day!
    Nice card by the way, Helen!

  3. Oh I love this one - pattern but not if you know what i mean and really highlights the pretty stamps - love love love this. My want list is getting longer

  4. Very pretty! Looks like this set can be used all your 'round.


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