Leaves & Butterfly – Tutorial #438

Hey All. .. . . .

How about some coloring today?  You can get some depth in your scenes by layering Stampin’ Up! markers and creating shadows around your images.   Hang out a moment and check out this tutorial.

Let’s get started. . . . .  .


Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Summer Solstice & Kindness Matters
Paper: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, River Rock, First Edition Designer Series Paper
Ink: Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, Basic Black, Soft Suede, River Rock, Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Stampin’ Up Markers (Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Basic Black, Baja Breeze, River Rock, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Pacific Point), Mat Pack, Piercing Tool, 3/4″ x 15/16″ oval punch, Crop-o-dile, Hemp Twine, gold eyelets, White Gel Pen, Sponge

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Sponge River Rock ink in the middle of a 4″ square piece of Whisper White card stock.

Sponged Sahara Sand ink around the outside of the River Rock ink.

Sponged Baja Breeze ink around the edges of the card stock.

Stamped the leaf from the Stampin’ Up! set Summer Solstice using River Rock ink.

Stamped the Butterfly from the Stampin’ Up! set Summer Solstice using Basic Black ink.

Drew to lines using a Chocolate Chip marker.  These will be the branches for the leaves.

Stamped the leaves so the stems met the branchs using Soft Suede ink.

Colored in the butterfly using a Bashful Blue marker.

Added Pacific Point marker to the wings.

Blended the two colors together by coloring over them using the Bashful Blue marker again.

Added a bit of Not Quite Navy marker to the edges of the wings.

Colored the leaves in using a River Rock marker.

Added Baja Breeze marker to the leaves.

Colored over the leaves again using the River Rock marker to blend.

Cut a 4 7/8″ x 6.4″ Baja Breeze card stock, a 3″ x 4.75″ piece of Designer Series Paper (ripped on the right side), sponged Pacific Point ink on the edges of the panels and main image panel.

Added Pacific Point marker to the leaves.

Added a shadow using the Sahara Sand marker.

Layered a Not Quite Navy panel, the Baja Breeze Panel, designer series panel and a River Rock panel that has been cut into a “V” at the end.

Added Hemp Twine to the main image panel and popped up the panel using Stampin’ Demensionals.

Stamped one of the butterflies on River Rock card stock, twice using a Basic Black marker to load the image.

Added Bashful Blue and Pacific Point marker to the butterflies.

I wanted the middle of the butterflies to be lighter so I colored in the middles using a White Gel pen and then colored over the white gel pen using the Bashful Blue marker.

Punched out the butterflies using a 3/4″ x 15/16″ oval punch.  Sponged Pacific Point ink around the edges of each.

Using the Crop-o-dile, added gold eyes.

Tied the tags onto the twine ends and then popped up the tags using Stampin’ Demensionals.

Added a strip of Not Quite Navy card stock to the right hand side of the card and pierced holes in the strip using the Stampin’ Up! mat pack and piercing tool.

Here is the finished card measuring 5″ x 6.5″.

May your day be filled with fun and laughter.

Until my next post. . . . . .



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41 responses to “Leaves & Butterfly – Tutorial #438

  1. paula nereseian

    Beautiful….Can’t wait to go home from the office and play with markers!!! Thank you for sharing ideas and techniques.

    Peace be with you.

  2. Fun card with lots of coloring and stunning results. TFS, hugs…

  3. Wow… this really blew me away… I just couldn’t take my eyes off this beautiful card. I just couldn’t believe that it was done with markers. I will have to try this technique. Tku for sharing!

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  5. Pat Castillo

    This is beautiful!!! Thanks for the tutorial, too…

  6. I love this one!! I don’t know how you keep coming up with all these great projects.

  7. I don’t know how you keep coming up with original card ideas but this is another one of my favorites!! Lovely…

  8. wow, I love this one. weakness for butterflies. Michelle, just wanted to say you’re looking so beautiful these days. You face is so pretty.



  10. Darlene Gabriel

    Wow another beauty!! I love this card. The leaves and butterfly just jump off the page. Thank you for another inspiring tutorial. I don’t use my markers enough!

  11. this is an absolutely stunning card! I don’t always come over to comment when I receive your posts in my email box, but this one deserved a big yahooooooo! love it! 🙂

  12. I especially like the tags tied on; adds great dimension. Thanks!

  13. Another beautiful card! I wish I had half your talent!

  14. That Summer Solstice stamp set went on my “to buy” list as soon as I saw it. I love how you used it!!!! Beautiful card!!!!

  15. As always with you…beautiful card. Makes me want to get out some stamps and create. I also wanted to let you know that I love how you used your rounded tab punch to label your sponges with each color. Great idea! You should consider doing a tutorial on your organizational tips….like you used with your sponges.

  16. Candy Farley

    Beautiful Like Always!!! I was hoping to meet you at convention, but missed ya. This was my first convention. Maybe next time 🙂 Maybe you can come up sometime to North Dakota to teach some classes. I would love that! 🙂

  17. This is such a gorgeous card! Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. Susan Coonrod

    Looks like the butterflies are going to fly away – Beautiful!!! Love it

  19. toni murphy

    LOVE THIS!!!!!

  20. Loved this card. So colorful.
    Do you have a PDF for the sponge colors? I would love to fix my sponges like yours.

  21. Beautiful card, Mich, TFS! Can’t wait to try this one myself.

  22. Dee in N.H.

    That is just beautiful! Thanks for showing me how to use the markers more!

  23. Absolutely beautiful, Michelle! I love the little butterflies on the tags, and how they echo the big one. Gorgeous colours too.

  24. Beautiful card, Thank you for the technique tutorial!

  25. Deana in No. CA

    Now that’s a great tutorial! Even a young child could follow your clear step-by-step directions! And what I loved just as much was the way you labeled your sponge with the round tab punch – brilliant! Now I know why I need that punch – thank you!


  27. So Beautiful!!!

  28. Beth Cutwright

    Awesome card Michelle! Absolutely gorgeous…I am sure to make an order soon so I can follow the tutorial! LOL
    Thanks for all the sharing you do!
    Beth C

  29. Holy smokes batman. This is a terrific, terrific card. You are amazing all the time.

  30. shirley rossetti

    Hey Michelle..

    Thank you SOOOOO much for showing how to color with SU! markers. I don’t own copics and can’t afford them. I do have SU markers and have such a hard time coloring with them. This is beautiful and I will definately give it a try.

    QUESTION: Whenever I heat emboss, the paper buckles and warps. What do you do to keep the paper from buckling??



  31. wowowowowow now this is great!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. Hi Shirley, I try to only heat long enough to melt the embossing powder. Also while the card stock is still warm bend the card stock in the opposite direction in which it is buckling. I use Stampin’ Up’s clear embossing powder. Not sure what embossing powder you are using. Hugs!

  33. Beautiful Card! I love your techniques that you so generously share!


  34. Oh Michelle, that looks so nice. I love your blog.

  35. such a beautiful card! I just LOVE your work!!!! You ROCK!!!

  36. I love the colors, beautiful!

  37. Ok Michelle…just when I thought the last tutorial was the best, you had to do this one. Thank you again for your inspiration and please come to SF Bay Area again….it’s been two years! Best, Pam

  38. wow i think this is my favorite card yet, i have to say it again wow! thank you for sharing

  39. Hi Michelle,
    I just gave this tutorial a go and even though I changed it to metric and missed out a couple of things I love my card. Thanks so much for all your tutorials.

  40. Hi Michelle,
    This is another amazing card. I love the colors and the way the leaves and butterfly come off the page. Thank you for sharing your inspiring ideas.