With the stamps made, it came time to find some butterflies. Now I don't have a craft room full of supplies but I thought for sure somewhere, on some piece of paper or in some small ziplock I surely had to have some butterflies that would work. Alas, not a one! Time to put Plan B into action and go hybrid. My years as a graphic designer have allowed me to amass a big clipart/stock image collection and since I have the ability to do it easily I'll often find myself taking this route when I have something very specific in mind.
After a little photoshop work to change the color (this butterfly image was originally yellow and black) to a blue I printed out a couple of butterflies in various sizes on my inkjet printer. The print outs were a little dull and I thought I'd like to add a bit of shine. Instead of using Glossy Accents (it would be a mess for me and take days to dry in such a large area) I applied a piece of clear packing tape over them and burnished it down well before I did my fussy cutting. Both the butterflies and the white edges of the stamps (which were cut from a glossy Kromecote stock) add an extra dimension of shine to the finished card.
I spent a couple of hours making on this card, which is by far longer than I've spent on any card in recent memory but ultimately I feel I achieved what I had set out to do and totally love the result.
STAMPS: Sentiment (Unknown)
INKS: Hot Fudge (My Favorite Things)
PAPER: Childish Things (Fancy Pants), Follow Your Heart (My Minds Eye), Attic Boutique (Stampin Up), Recollections Solids (Michael's)
DIES: Postage Stamp Stax (MFT)
OTHER: Paper String (Tim Holtz), Buttons (my stash), Butterfly Image (my image collection)
BASICS: Click HERE to check out my crafting tool bag.