Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Butterfly Inspirations

Welcome to Papertrey Ink's January release countdown, Day 3. We have the pleasure today of introducing some fabulous new butterfly-themed products -- two new cover plates and two stamp sets, including the latest in Dawn's Enclosed series. If you like butterflies, you're going to love these products!

The January release will be available at 10 pm EST January 15 in the Papertrey Ink store.

For my first card, I used the new Bitty Butterflies Cover Plate and the Bitty Butterflies stamp set. First I die-cut the cover plate out of white, then stamped the butterfly cut-outs in shades of blue, green, and gray. That light green is the new Mint Julep color, and it is sooooo gorgeous!

I layered the cover plate onto a piece of Soft Stone card stock, placed the stamped butterflies back in their places and machine stitched through each column, then pulled the wings forward for a little dimension.

The sentiment is stamped on Mint Julep card stock.

My card designs today are each inspired by real butterfly species. The color combo above is based on both the rare Papilio Zalmoxis and the common Spicebush Swallowtail.

(source: etsy.com)

STAMPS: Bitty Butterflies
DIES: Bitty Butterflies
INK: Smokey Shadow, Stormy Sea, Tropical Teal, Aqua Mist, Mint Julep, True Black
PAPER: white, Soft Stone, and Mint Julep card stock
OTHER: True Black baker's twine, sewing machine


How about that ginormous butterfly? That is Enclosed: Butterfly, and I love, love, love it! Such a dramatic focal point! I die-cut the solid butterfly from a watercolored panel, stamped a layer in orange, and added some white details.

For the sentiment, I trimmed the word "blessed" from the butterfly outline/frame die, then offset it, along with the rest of the sentiment components. 

I was inspired by the Leopard Lacewing:

Isn't that gorgeous?! 

STAMPS: Enclosed: Butterfly
DIES: Enclosed: Butterfly
INK: VersaMark
PAPER: watercolor paper, white and True Black card stock
OTHER: white embossing powder, True Black baker's twine, watercolors, clear sequins


Butterflies work well for so many occasions. Here, I've used the Butterfly Cover Plate along with Keep It Simple: Baby to create a sweet baby girl card. 

I started by repeatedly stamping the sentiment in the background in Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, and Spring Moss. Next is a layer of vellum to soften the text stamping in the background and allow the cover plate to stand out. 

The Butterfly Cover Plate is sponged in the same colors as the background.
Last I added a sentiment flag (stamped on the banner from Tag Sale: Quilted) and two pink buttons.

The color combo is a more subtle, lightened-up version of the colors found on the Euphaedra Xypete:

STAMPS: Keep It Simple: Baby
DIES: Cover Plate: Butterfly, Tag Sale: Quilted
INK: Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, Spring Moss
PAPER: white card stock, vellum card stock
OTHER: ink blending foam, buttons, white linen thread

For more Butterfly Inspiration, visit the Papertrey Ink team:

Thanks for stopping by!  


Donna said...

Absolutely beautiful, Amy. I just love your projects!

Gina said...

So yeah, I just pinned every single one of these! I love how you shared your inspiration butterflies, too. These are fantastic!!! Love, love the stitching with the coverplate to allow for that little added dimension. Wonderful cards, as usual! :D

Jan Elmore said...

Amy, your butterflies are beautiful The colors are wowser and I am becoming a butterfly fan. Thanks!

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, these are all so gorgeous, Amy! I need that coverplate!

KimCreate said...

Oh Gosh, so stunning! I'm drooling over the first card.

Jean Franks Beck said...

So love the stitching and baker's twine card - one of my favorites of the team! All of your butterflies are beautiful.

jan metcalf said...

Love how your cards incorporate the colors of natural butterflies! Love the cover plate and your stitches, baby card too!

BeverlyBL said...

So beautiful. Love and appreciate seeing your inspiration photos. Thanks so much.

Maureen said...

oh, Amy, these are amazing! I have to have these dies now! I'm CASEing the orange butterfly for Create Along With Us…just love it! ox

Diane Jaquay said...

These are exquisite, Amy!!!

Mary W said...

Beautiful cards and love that you used real butterflies for inspiration with pictures for us, also. Great post.

Betty Sue said...

These cards are absolutely beautiful!!!

Shelly said...

My goodness those real life butterflies are just gorgeous! I love Mother Nature's color pallet! You did an amazing job with all these butterflies! I especially love the first one!

Leslie S. said...

Oh Amy your card are absolutely gorgeous! Love seeing your inspiration photos!!

Nicole Parmentier said...

Just awesome!!!

Nancy Penir said...

Wow! And Wow again! Love how you were inspired, nothing better than God's glorious creations, and you used your talent to bring us even more beauty! Lovely lovely work, amy!

Cheryl S. said...

Terrific job and these butterflies are wonderful!

Cheryl S. said...

Terrific job and these butterflies are wonderful!

María Alba Negrón said...

Hi Amy,

I was eager to see your work and....BAM! You never cease to disappoint me! LOVE,LOVE,LOVE!!!

María Alba

Kathy Krug said...

Amy, these are fabulous. The stitching on the first card is perfect for that coverplate.

Kathy Krug said...

Amy, these are fabulous. The stitching on the first card is perfect for that coverplate.

Lisa K said...

Your butterflies are simply stunning. I love how you posted a picture of an actual butterfly as well. It gives great insight on how you chose the colors. Wonderful projects.

Kathy Mc said...

Just stunning, Amy! Some day I'm going to attempt stitching on my cards. You make it look so easy, but I know it's not!

Anonymous said...

Wow! These cards are beautiful!

Dyan said...

Love these cards, ESPECIALLY the first one - the sewing adds the perfect touch!

Chriss Blagrave said...

Fabulous cards, Amy! Love the use of colour and patterns, and those real life butterflies...wow !

Tracey McNeely said...

This is so gorgeous Amy. I love all the stamping and sponging and how the vellum softens it up.

Greta said...

All your cards are terrific, but I really adore the beautiful butterfly baby card!