Friday, March 20, 2020

Birthday Card | Cut It Up! Challenge #196 - "Spring Fever: Use at Least 3 Butterflies"

Here Comes Spring!

Hey Everyone! Today we are starting a new challenge over on the Cut It Up! Blog: "Spring Fever - Use at Least 3 Butterflies." I decided to go with a mix-n-match combination of several die cuts as my focus for this challenge! Our prize sponsor, Wendy from Digital Delights by Louby Loo, is offering a $5 gift code to the on-line store. The design team has designed some stunners for this challenge so head over to the Cut It Up! Blog to see their creations. We hope that you will join us and don't forget the die cut! 

Truth be told, I was a bit stumped with this challenge but once I got rolling, everthing just came together and I ended up making THREE Butterfly Cards! ; )

I ink blended an A-2 sized background panel with Distress Oxides, stamped the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat-embossed it with white powder; this was adhered to the front of the card front. I smooshed several Distress Oxides Inks onto my craft mat, sprayed it with water and then tapped my white cardstock into the inks. Once I was happy with the coverage, I flecked it with metallic watercolors and set it aside to dry. 

I die cut the largest butterfly from white card stock several times and glued/stacked the images together. The same butterfly was cut from vellum and using my Scor-Pal, I gently scored along each side of the body - the middle-sized butterfly was cut from Louby-Lou's Digital Checked Paper and scored the same way. The vellum and pattern paper die-cuts were then glued down to the center of the base butterfly.

Using Avery Elle's Wonky Circle Frames Die, I cut/glued/stacked four die-cuts together to create some dimension. I also cut a frame from the ink-smooshed background panel and used the interior circle for the center. The frame pieces were glued into place on the card front and the triple butterfly was popped up with foam tape. A few sequins finished up the card. The mix of vellum and card stock is really effective together and the smooshed background looks like an abstract floral background!

Card #2:
I used the outside ink-smooshed frame die-cut from Card #1 as the base for this next card! I added another detailed circle frame and lightly colored the vellum with Work Lipstick DO Ink. The angled white card stock panel was die-cut with Pinkfresh Studio's "Classic Edger Die". I used the leftover smooshed background for the bottom piece and using my Scor-Pal Board, scored vertical lines on the reverse side every 1/4" to give it some textural interest. This card was assembled much in the same way as the first one and I added a small word die-cut as my sentiment.

CARD #3:
I wanted to enter the "Twofer Card Challenge #25: Spring Animals" and so I designed a totally different butterfly layout for this card! First, I ink-blended a spring-y background panel and spritzed it with shimmer spray. Then I die-cut multiples of all three butterfly dies and glued/stacked two of each size together. After the die-cuts were arranged as you see below, I took a quick picture and then used that as my guide to start adhering them down. After they were all glued into place, I simply cut the overhanging pieces off from the backside, leaving a flush edge. This panel was adhered to the front of an A-2 top-folding card base.

Using Honey Bee Stamps' "Smile" Die Set, the shadow was cut from light blue vellum and the top from a textured gold metallic card stock; the pieces were glued together and into place on the card front. Using the MISTI, the coordinating sentiment was stamped onto the butterfly die-cut and a few matte gold sequins finished up the card.

Thanks so much for sticking with me for this longer-than-usual post! 
Please stop by the Cut It Up! Challenge to check out all of the great projects and we can't wait to see all of your butterflies fluttering into our gallery!

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Thanks so much for joining me and for taking the time to comment! 


  1. these are all beauties have to say the colours in the final card were my favourites

  2. These are all gorgeous, Rachelle! Wow, those oxide inks make for a stunning blend of colors and the stacked die cuts really give great 3-D dimension to your cards. Beautiful!

  3. Oh how pretty!! I love the 3 stacked butterflies together. My flowers are all in full bloom here which of course means pollen but they sure make me happy when the world is so crazy right now!

  4. Love both of your cards, especially like the ink blending.

  5. WOW these are both just beautiful! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Spring’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  6. Wow, stunning cards. Love the background technique. Your background really makes the images pop. Thanks for joining the "Pastel Palette" challenge here at the Stinkin' Inkers.

  7. Back again, to tell you, once again, how gorgeous this card is, Rachelle! Thanks for joining the Double D, "Spring" Challenge!

  8. Wow, I love how you got three butterflies and more on your cards. They are amazing and so Spring. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Spring’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    Barbara DT member

  9. Lovely, lovely cards Rachelle...all 3 of them!! Loving all the bright colors and those 3 piece butterflies look like they could just fly off the card! Great idea to use the butterfly shapes as a background too on your last card. Thanks so much for sharing with us at The Twofer Challenge! :0)

  10. These cards are all full of beautiful color and dimension! Spring at its best right here in these gorgeous creations!

  11. What lovely Spring cards! Thanks for joining us at the Scor-Pal More Than One Score Challenge!

  12. Beautiful butterfly cards, Rachelle. Love the 3-die butterflies and the colors you used, so Springy :)

  13. WOW! Your cards are BEAUTIFUL! I love the pretty Spring colors and of course the lovely butterflies!


  14. A triple butterfly delight, Rachelle! The colors are gorgeous!! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #25! Take care!! 😷 Hugs, Darnell

  15. Beautiful cards and I love those backgrounds. Thanks for playing along at USE YOUR STUFF - Gail Stay safe and healthy!

  16. Your cards are so beautiful! Love the colors.


  17. Very pretty cards. Great colors and loving the butterflies and different ways to add them to your cards. thanks for sharing over at Crafty Sentiments.

  18. WOW!!!! These cards are all BEAUTIFUL!!! I love them all!!
    Have a great day,

  19. Three gorgeous cards,Rachelle. So bright and cheerful and springy! Thanks for playing with us this week at Krafty Chicks.

  20. WOW these are gorgeous Rachelle!! I love the beautiful ink colors and all of the butterflies! I hope you are doing well and staying safe!
    Hugs, Tammy

  21. Wow! Love the designer paper your have used.
    Thank you for joining Creations in Pink Challenge.
    Hope you keep safe and healthy.
    Hugs from Africa!

  22. Beautiful cards full of Springtime goodness! Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  23. LOVE IT! gorgeous spring colors - so pretty. Thanks so very much for joining us this time at the Dragonfly Dreams challenge, Elizabeth (DT)