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Friday, March 8, 2013

One in a Million

If you have not yet heard how awesome it is to be part of the Stampin' UP! cult family, let me enlighten you just a little.  Of course, just like any cult family, some are better than others, and I am a little bit biased.  But MY awesome Stampin' UP! family is having a reunion tonight.  (First example of awesomeness= fun stamp gatherings!)  Usually, when we have such gatherings, we can participate in a card swap.  Another advantage to being part of an awesome family, we tend to share our stamp sets!  I borrowed One in a Million and Papillion Potpourri from Deena and came up with this card to use as my swap.

This card calls for a lot of masking.  I started with a post-it note, and used my 2 1/2" circle punch to make a reverse mask on the Whisper White card stock.  I stamped the butterfly all around the inside of the circle, making sure to stamp near the edge of my cirlce as much as possible to make sure the images would have an obvious circle shape once I removed the post-it.  After I stamped 5 or 6 butterflies in the circle, I wanted to mask them so that it really looked like there were tons of butterflies crammed in my circle.  This calls for stamping the butterfly a few times onto another post-it note, and then cutting them out with paper snips.  (The small butterfly punch pretty much fits this particular stamp, but it cuts it a little short.  You are better off hand cutting for masking to make sure your mask fits the image exactly.)  A few dabs of two-way glue on the back of each butterfly will make it work like a post-it.  Let the glue dry just a few minutes before you temporarily adhere it for the masking.  (If my explanation seems as clear as mud, shoot me an email, or check out 'masking techniques' on YouTube.)  It's a little tedious, but the effect is pretty cool.  And it's an inexpensive technique- no real tools required!


  • Papillion Potpourri stamp set
  • One in a Million stamp set
  • Crumb Cake card base
  • Pool Party card stock cut to 5 1/8" by 3 7/8"
  • Whisper White card stock cut to 5" by 3 3/4"
  • Crumb Cake ink pad
  • Blender Pen with Pool Party ink pad
  • Dimensionals
  • Small Butterfly Punch (for the one on the dimensional!)
  • 2 1/2" circle punch


Kim Allen said...

I love your butterflies!!! Can't wait to swap with you!!!

Terry said...

Pretty card and great technique!

Wendie Waldman said...

This is one of the best cards I've seen in a long time. The technique, the beautiful butterflies with the one popped up and the sentiment go together beautifully.

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