The musings and offerings of a burgeoning greetings master

Friday, March 6, 2015

Mr Cardmaker Gets on a Jag

I decided that I just COULD NOT put away my Beautiful Butterflies stamps from Papertrey Ink.

I made the bright rainbow ones HERE, and I wondered what would happen with a tighter color scheme.

I looked at my ink stash, and saw that I had several varieties of purple at my disposal.
SO, I made these--

So, staying in a tighter color scheme definitely makes for a "quieter riot", but I am pretty happy with the results. Purples seem to live in a more "stately" place anyway, in my mind's eye.
Oh, and the sentiment?
So, the hubby, aka Mr C's Mr., talked me into doing a handwritten sentiment. Good idea; BAD execution. I don't really have the right pens, and I didn't take the time to sketch it in pencil first, so it just looked lousy.
AND, I had stamped four of  these cards, and each one looked worse that the one before.
Happily, we all know all about taking desperate measures to save our creations, and I came up with this.
There's a vellum circle under the designer paper one, and the letters are clear embossed to give them some shine.
I think the little veneer butterfly is a nice natural touch, and helps fill some negative space that I was unhappy with.
I am now happy to let these stamps have a rest and cool off for a minute, but I know I'll be back with some more color combinations soon. Happily, butterflies last aallll the way through summer!
(Red, white and blue butterflies for July 4th, anyone?)
Thanks so much for stopping by!
All Best--


  1. Wonderful! I've seen lots of butterfly cards but this one is extra good because the circles where you put the sentiment seem to emulate the "sun" in the sentiment - I guess you did that on purpose : ) It really works well. You're so talented!

  2. These are really beautiful! Gorgeous layers of color!

  3. Awesome card set and I LOVE that sentiment!

  4. I couldn't tell where exactly one card was worse than the other - they are a beautiful lot!

  5. Gorgeous cards and I too love butterflies. These are fantastic!

  6. Oh beautiful beautiful!! Purple is my favorite color and these butterflies are so lovely stamped in all the different shades! Love how you fixed the handwriting mishap! I think the half circle adds a lot! I have a pretty nice handwriting, but I wouldn't dare attempt it on a card! It would be a mess I know!

  7. Oh my....these are just wonderful and so happy!! I often have trouble using purple, even though (in theory) I love purple! I find it hard to coordinate colors with purple but these are just perfect! Off to play around with a monochromatic purple scheme and see what I can come up with as well!

  8. Oh my you have been busy - love the ink tones on these! TFS

  9. That really is a nice stamp set, and you can do so much with it!
    These turned out great!

  10. Love the unusual color combo--and that little wooden butterfly is the perfect touch!

  11. I love the mix of colors ( purple is one of my faves). You captured so much movement in the butterflies too. Yes more please!

  12. These are beautiful! Love the purples. Gorgeous butterflies and the circles with the sentiments are perfect!


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