Butterfly Season – Tutorial #227


Lounging in the yard last night gave me the inspiration to create a butterfly card.  I actually stayed up late last night, midnight to be exact, stamping this.  If you know me, you know that is way, way, way out of character for me.  I am an early to bed, early to rise person, so that must have been some inspirational force to make me stay up late.  I’m such a party animal, lol.

This tutorial is an example of what can be achieved with two layers of card stock.  🙂  I know that 15 layers is the current fad, but it is nice not to have such a heavy card to mail, now and again.

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But before we get started I have some blog candy to award in the “Name that Bird” contest.  The bird now has a name.  It was extremely hard to pick one from all of the entries.  First, I made the long list.  Then I created the short list.  Then I actually had to pick a name and the winner is out of 398 entries. 

Drum-roll, please. . . . . . . .  .. .  .. . . . . . . . . . .. . .. .

Linda who wrote “Obviously, his/her color jumps right out off the page…The shade of blue reminds me of the Carribean…which leads to Buffet and Marley Music…which makes me think “Marley” would be an awesome name! Parrothead might not work, huh!? LOL Of course an Aqua Cosmo if one of my favorite drinks, so “Cosmo” might work too! HA”

Linda, I have named my bird Marley!   I love the Buffet tye in.  🙂   Linda, please e-mail your address to [email protected] and I will pop these two stamp sets in the mail to you.

Thank you to everyone that played along.  You really came up with some fun and interesting names.  Here is my short list from your entries, Sunny, Turq, Mojo, Muse, Ranger, Elvis, Percy, Picasso, Peetry, Sinbad, Clyde, Merlin, Skyler, Art, Brazee, Stampson, Bubo, Rudy & Bosco.

Now on with today’s tutorial 🙂


Stamps: Stampin’ Up Retired set “Wonderful Wings”, Stampendous Marble Texture Cube
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White & Basic Black
Ink: Stampin’ Up So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust, More Mustard & Basic Black
Accessories: Versamark Pad and Marker, Stampin’ Up Markers, Sharpie Metallic Gold Paint Marker, Sponges 

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On a 4 7/8″ piece of Whisper White card stock, stamped the butterfly by first loading my stamp with Versamark and then Basic Black ink before stamping it in the center of the card stock.

Sorry folks, this Stampin’ Up set is retired and is no longer available, but you can you use any butterfly you have in your stamp collection for this project.


Heat embossed the butterfly using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.


Colored the Butterfly in with a Stampin’ Up Apricot Appeal Marker.


Added some More Mustard marker to the butterfly.


Added Pumpkin Pie marker to the center of the butterfly’s wings.


Colored over the butterfly with a Versamark marker and then heat embossed the image using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.



Now I keep a pile of old circular mask.  This piece of card stock has a 3 1/8″ circle cut out of it.

I placed this over the butterfly image and then drew squiggly lines around the inside of the mask with an Always Artichoke marker.


Removed the mask and sponged So Saffron ink on the card stock in a pouncing motion.


Sponged More Mustard ink on the card stock in a pouncing motion.


Sponged Pumpkin Pie ink on the card stock using a pouncing motion.


Sponged Really Rust ink on in a circular motion.


Stamped side “C” of my Stampendous Marble Texture Cube using Close to Cocoa ink repeatedly until I achieved the look I wanted.


Sponged Close to Cocoa ink on the card stock using a circular motion.


Sponged Basic Black ink around the edge of the card stock using a circular motion.


Sponged More Mustard ink on the inside of the circle using a circular motion and leaving a light ring around it.


Outlined my card stock using a Metallic Gold Sharpie Paint marker, by holding the marker half on the card stock and half off the card stock and pulling straight down.  Repeat this for each side of the card stock.


Added my Basic Black panel and some gold brads in the middle.  Here it is my two layer card measuring 5.25″ square.


May your day be filled with the wonderful sight of Flutterbys.

Until my next post. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

Huge Hugs,


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33 responses to “Butterfly Season – Tutorial #227

  1. This is beautiful, love the colors in the butterfly. TFS.

  2. Gidget-Trish

    WOW!!!! This one is gorgeous!!!!! I love the circle you drew around the butterfly. And the colours are beautiful. Great job for late night! 😀

  3. This looks so dramatic. Love the colours.

  4. I love this ~ absolutely stunning!

  5. Absolutely beautiful! I’ve had the marble background stamp for years, and haven’t used it in a long time – I will get it out TONIGHT!!!

  6. StampinCathy

    Love this WOW card. The colors are just awesome.
    Congrats Linda!! This is a perfect name.

  7. Just beautiful!! Kind of reminds me of an eye….an eye of the tiger kitten perhaps 🙂

  8. This is stunning! Simply beautiful. And I have the marble stamp, so I’ll definitely be trying it.

  9. Michelle – beautiful! Love the colors – love that you used Stampin’ Up! inks – love it

  10. I love when you do butterfly cards…they are always so beautiful! This is just stunning!

  11. WOW – what a sunny bright card. The butterfly is so life like, too.
    Marly is a great name for your sweet budge. Enjoy him.
    Enjoy your Friday. Hugs…

  12. I really love this card! Again, thanks for sharing!

  13. BEAUtiful card Michelle!!

    love the name Marley for your bird!

    also love purple cone flowers

    are ya staying cool? isn’t this weather horrid!!! at least we got a good soak last night!


  14. I am loving this card! I case a lot of your cards and this will be no exception. I tell everyone about your blog and how wonderful it is put together. I love how you show each step. Thank you and god bless!

  15. Thanks for including us in your quest to find the perfect name for your new friend. While I was happy that one of my suggestions made the short list, I think he does, in fact, look like a Marley! Congratulations Linda!

    Michelle I wanted to tell you that I gave you “extra credit” today when I saw your posting. I thought “Wow!!!! Michelle is absolutely amazing!!! How DID she get that card to look like marble!?!” Then it turns out that you have a rubber stamp that looks like marble! I laughed at myself!

    Very beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

    Beth Ann

  16. wow! i love your butterfly-card! beaaaaautifuuuul!!!
    thanks for sharing!

  17. WOW! This one jumps right off the page! It’s breathtaking, Michelle… Love the name Marley, lol…although Clyde was my dad’s name, so that would’ve been cute, too…

  18. Wow!!! Stunning!!! Even your doodling is impressive!!

  19. Aloha Michelle,

    I love, love your blog – visits it everyday. Thank you very very much for sharing your tutorials – you’re so nice to share them. Your cards are all gorgeous and very eye catching.

    Hope you can do a class here in Honolulu, I would definitely sign up for it. Are there any plan of doing a workshop here in Hawaii (Honolulu hopefully)


  20. I also visit your blog every day!! And I hope you will go on with this blog fooor eeeeever!!!!! So..thanks again for sharing with us!! I love butterflies..and your card too!!
    And..I like the name Marley…it’s a funny name…I hope you get some sunny, carabean inspiration every time you watch him!!

  21. Gorgeous card and great name for your birdie. Marley. He looks like a Marley. I love the turquoise colour. It’s intoxicating really.
    Have great day. Thank you for your daily inspirations. I learn a lot from your tutorials.
    great job

  22. Thanks for the tutorial on this butterfly. I’m going to give it a try. Lucky for me, I have this butterfly stamp set. I don’t have the cube with the marble design though. I’ll have to improvise that one. Beautiful card.

  23. Sandy Knecht

    Beautiful card as usual. In reading the comment for the bird name I am so glad you didn’t name him Carribean as I don’t think he would learn that name. Marley is a great name and stayed 2 syllables. He should be able to learn that one. Congratulations, Linda! I see Columbia is now fifth in line for your class. I am getting so excited! I’m counting down.

  24. Conniecrafter

    so Love the colors here and what a wondeful job on the background and the butterfly looks so real!

  25. Welcome to Marley!!! Congratulations to Linda I think it is a great name! Michelle, you are brilliant!!! I would never have thought to do a circle border such as this! Love the butterfly but especially the technique you used to make the circle border. I’m off to give it a shot! Thanks.

  26. Terri Jackson

    Of course I love your card, but I am most impressed by your gardens. They are lovely!! I too have perennial beds and I love everything about them except the occasional garden snake that loves the beds, too. LOL. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Laurie in MN

    With so many cool names suggested for the parakeet, you had a hard decision.

    Love the card.

  28. GORGEOUS artwork! Marley sounds like a perfect name! He is a pretty bird!

  29. Breathtaking! I love Wonderful Wings, and never feel my coloring does it justice. Thanks for the inspiration!

  30. Beautiful card Michelle! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial with us.

  31. Once again, I’m blown away by your creations! I just love how they all come together. I find your detailed instructions so interesting, and they really make me appreciate all the little touches that make your cards so special, with that signature touch.

    One question about the marble cube (I was eyeing it up today at my LSS) – do you find you get lines where the cube ends? In other words, does it stamp out like an obvious square (and therefore be tricky to line up for stamping larger areas)?

    Thanks for taking the time to share your creations and wonderful tutorials! I’m a frequent lurker on your blog 🙂

  32. Lovely. I adore butterflies and love the way you put this together. It is a stunning protrayal of the butterfly.

  33. Michelle, this is absolutely gorgeous & I love the technique! Thanks for sharing your secret! http://studioapapercreations.blogspot.com/