Perennial Birthday Recessed Butterflies Cards

Hi Stamping Friends,
As we wind down to the last days of the Sale-a-Bration promotion, I wanted to give you a Gingham Gala backorder update.  Remember, the Gingham Gala items are designed coordinate with the beautiful Botanical Butterflies Designer Series Paper that you can only get as a FREE item for a $50 order during Sale-a-Bration. Plan ahead and get this DSP before then end of March, because you'll want to use it with the Gingham Gala products that will be back in stock soon:
  • Butterfly Duet Punch 148523—Currently non-orderable, but will become available again approximately April 1.
  • Gingham Gala DSP 148554—Backordered; available around March 25.
  • Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins 148561—Backordered, available around March 25.  
Today's projects will be part of my "Last Thursdays" monthly card class!  If you live in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area, I'd love for you to join us!
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"Last Thursdays" Monthly Card Class Is March 28!
Create 4 all-occasion cards for $16 or the class is FREE with a minimum qualifying order.  Bring a friend and you'll both select 5 cards from my card rack.  ion.
Perennial birthday butterflies - two cool
CASEd by Debbie Flattum.

Perennial Birthday Recessed Butterflies Card

Don't miss your chance to get your hands on the lovely Botanical Butterflies Designer Series Paper before it's gone at the end of this month!  It's simply spectacular when paired up with the Butterfly Gala Bundle of stamps and Butterfly Duet Punch.  Here's a quick and simple pair of cards featuring those pretty spring butterfly shapes!

Perennial birthday butterflies - highland 1

Background Basics—This card begins by adhering a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of the Botanical Butterflies DSP onto a Gorgeous Grape vertically-folded card base. 

Perennial birthday butterflies - highland 3
Focal Point—I stamped the Perennial Birthday sentiment in Gorgeous Grape ink onto a 2-1/2" x 4" piece of Whisper White. I was careful to leave room on the white piece for the punch and ribbon. Next, I adhered the layer onto a 2-3/4" x 4-1/4" piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock, then I punched the two butterfly shapes with the Duet Punch. 

TIP: For perfect alignment, you can stamp any of the duet butterfly images from the Butterfly Gala stamp set in any color onto the white piece, then it's easier to line up the punch and get it just in the right spot!

TIP: When punching through two layers, I like to line up the punch, press down just enough to hold the paper in place, then lay the punch on the table to punch.  This gives you much more leverage and power to get through both layers, and it helps protect your hand from accidentally being pinched.

I tied some Gorgeous Grape Mini Striped Ribbon around the layers, then popped them up with Dimensionals onto the card front.

Finishing Touches—I decorated the butterflies by adding Rhinestone Jewels inside the butterfly shapes to represent the butterfly bodies.  So darling!

Perennial birthday butterflies - lemon lime 1

Two Cool—For the second version, I started with the Lemon Lime Green pattern of Botanical Butterflies DSP mounted on a Basic Black card base.  The sentiment is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and mounted the focal point onto a Basic Black layer.

Perennial birthday butterflies - lemon lime 2

Finishing Touches—I tied some Lemon Lime Twist Ruffled Ribbon around the layers and added black rhinestone jewels from the Faceted Dots embellishments.  This one looks a little dressier, don't you think?  I love that Lemon Lime Twist In Color with black!  I'm surely going to miss that color when it retires by the end of May.  If you want anything in that color, don't wait!  In Colors and coordinating products will likely be among the first to sell-out once the retired list is released in mid to late April.

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