Fluttering By: Butterfly Bouquet

Butterflies are favorites with customers and nature lovers alike! And why not? They’re guaranteed to add a splash of color and charm to any project—which is why we’re featuring these little beauties in the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle, an early release from the 2021–2022 Annual Catalog. This exciting bundle includes the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set and the Brilliant Wings Dies—PLUS during the early release, you can also get a specialty paper pack exclusive to the promotion! 
No matter where you are in your papercrafting journey, this early‑release offering has something for you! The beautiful papers are perfect for the beginner crafter and can be cut and used on their own—as card fronts, for example—while the stamps and dies add intricacy to projects for casual and avid crafters.

#Cards for cubs


#CardsForCubs is a national crafting event that EVERYONE can participate in. We work with foster care agencies across the United States to help distribute your cards to kids that feel forgotten by the world. Let’s tell them that they are loved and cherished! We will began collecting cards March 1st, ending March 31st.

Dragonfly Garden Step-by-Step

Did you know? In some cultures, the dragonfly is a symbol for good luck and prosperity—perhaps because dragonflies hovering over the water meant fish were below. We love them for their jewel tones and luminous wings—so pretty! 
To begin creating our dragonfly cards, start simple. Fold Basic White Cardstock in half; add layers of Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper to the card front plus a floral image and sentiment stamped on Shimmery White Cardstock using Jet Black StazOn ink
The dragonfly is the crowning touch of this card, but how did we make it? Piece of cake! We sized the dragonflies on our Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper to fit the Dragonfly Punch, so you can easily “capture” them for use as accents on cards and other projects. 
Simply punch your favorite dragonfly from the Designer Series Paper and adhere it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals; it almost appears to hover above the paper! This classy card takes only minutes to create—making it perfect for a casual crafter workshop. 
Step up our second card by adhering an additional layer of Dandy Garden Designer Series Paper. We also added a little color to the stamped floral image using Water Painters. The Bumblebee and Pear Pizzazz inks really brighten the flower and bring it to life. 
Our most detailed card features another layer of fun Designer Series Paper, plus some additional color for the stamped floral image. This time we chose Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, and Mossy Meadow. Once the stamped piece was dry, we embossed it using the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine and the Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder. We think the extra dimension and depth add the perfect touch to this beautiful, nature lovers card.

Butterfly Brilliance Bundle

Every once in a while I come across a bundle that reminds me about all the cool things you can do with stamps and coordinating products. You can stay simple and keep it to ink and paper, the results are always stunning. If you want to take things up a notch, you can break out old favorites like Watercolor Pencils and Stampin’ Blends to make the images pop! Or, if you’re feeling messy, get out glues, glitter, and embossing powders and make projects that make people ask, “How did you do that?!”

The Butterfly Brilliance Bundle is one of those sets and it really has my creative juices flowing. The bundle includes the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set, a large image-only stamp set, and the Brilliant Wings Dies. They were designed so you can stamp and die cut once to create six quick accents! This versatile bundle has so many creative possibilities. The gorgeous line-art butterflies are begging to be blended, watercolored, embossed, glittered . . . the works!

Simple Stamping Tips

Stamping is a satisfying creative experience for many reasons, and one of them is the flexibility it offers. Make your projects as simple or complex as you like, with as few or as many color combinations as you want. Whatever you do, the results are almost sure to be amazing! 
One fun technique is to “lengthen” the image, as we did with the Tu es formidable tag. First, we stamped the candle image on a piece of Basic White Cardstock, then cut the cardstock in half. We then adhered the two pieces to the tag front and hid the gap with the sentiment. Kind of tricky and kind of fun!
To add a colorful touch to our Perfection card front and Schönen Geburtstag gift box belly band, we used a variation of tone-on-tone stamping using an ink that is slightly darker than the cardstock. You could also use the coordinating ink color or VersaMark ink to achieve a lighter tone-on-tone look. 
Tip: While you’re at it, create extra tone-on-tone stamped cardstock for use on future projects. Before long you’ll have a nice collection of Designer Series Paper—handstamped by you! 
Have fun simple stamping! And remember to share your work on social media using the hashtag #SimpleStamping. We love to see your work.

Make CASEing work for you!

Famous painters look at each other’s work for ideas, and so can papercrafters! If you’re feeling stuck and need something to fan your creative spark, go online and check Pinterest. Or look through the catalog and put a check mark next to every card you love and want to CASE (Copy and Share Everything). Copy the layout, the color scheme, or the technique‑or do a combination of all three.
Our concept artist CASEd the “SOAR CONFIDENTLY” card by drawing inspiration from the layout, color combo, and technique to create her hummingbird cards, which she used the currently free “touch of ink“. Aren’t they beautiful? To duplicate her technique CASE, simply use a die cut to create a frame using the main stamped image, then pop it up using Stampin’ Dimensionals. If she can do it, so can you!
Make a goal for 2021 to CASE on a regular basis. As you study others’ work, your skills will strengthen‑and eventually you’ll be generating unique ideas. Before long, others will be CASEing you!

Step It Up: Flower & Field Designer Series Paper

To create our casual card, stamp the sentiment in Night of Navy ink on a layer of Basic White Cardstock, then adhere the stamped cardstock to the Mint Macaron card base. Stamp the heart image in Flirty Flamingo ink using the stamp-off technique. Then, punch five banners from our Flower & Field Designer Series Paper using the Banners Pick a Punch. Adhere the banners to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals and tie with a Linen Thread bow. Done! You have the perfect, easy card to let someone know you care.
Add a little extra detail to the second card by spritzing with Bumblebee Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill using the Stampin’ Spritzer. Embellish the banners with flowers die cut using the Wreath Builder Dies, and add 2020–2022 In Color Enamel Dots. Die cut the sentiment using the Stitched Rectangles Dies, then finish with a fussy-cut, stamped heart popped up with a Stampin’ Dimensional. Pretty sweet! 
For our artfully avid card, we adhered additional flowers fussy cut from Designer Series Paper, plus some Vellum Cardstock. For an extra-lavish look, we layered on a die-cut heart and a fussy-cut sentiment, then amped up the artistry even more with a lacy edge made using Flower & Field Designer Series Paper and the Budding Blooms Dies
Stepping up your cards is so much fun! Start simple and go big. Mix and match until you find the look that is right for you. You could even invite friends over to brainstorm avid and artfully avid alternatives for the casual card. We can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon!

Simple Stamping

We’ve rung in the New Year, and with 2021 comes plenty of new reasons to stamp sweet cards for friends, neighbors, co‑workers, and anyone you know who could use a little cheer and encouragement. We recommend keeping your stamping simple. That way you will have tons of cards to give away in no time!
In fact, if you CASE the cards you see here, you’ll be halfway there! We added interest to these easy‑to‑make cards in three ways: We adhered Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper strips at different angles for the You Did It card and stamped directly on this same Designer Series Paper with our Cue the Confetti and Whale Done cards. You can come up with other ideas by checking social media boards or by thumbing through the catalog.

Back to Back Blooms -Step It Up

To create this lovely, heartfelt card, use a Stamparatus to line up the floral images from the Back to Back Blooms Stamp Set, then stamp them in Bumblebee and Mint Macaron ink on a Basic White Cardstock layer. (We overlapped the stamping onto the Mint Macaron Cardstock card base for some extra sophistication and prettiness!) Stamp the sentiment from the Heal Your Heart Stamp Set in Mint Macaron and Misty Moonlight ink on the Basic White Cardstock label. Finally, adhere the label to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Done! You have an elegant thank you card ready to send in no time at all! 
Step up the second card by adding a lacy edge to the Basic White layer using the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. This additional step takes about a minute and instantly enhances the card’s beauty. Once that’s finished, adhere fussy-cut flowers from the Flowers for Every Season Designer Series Paper to the front of the card to create a gorgeous, full bouquet. A sprinkling of Opal Rounds completes the look. Tip: Use your Stamparatus to stamp the line art images first. Then, clean the stamp and position it to stamp the solid floral image. (Stamp off the solid image before stamping on the project.) 
For our fanciest card, we fussy cut the stamped images and adhered an additional layer of Designer Series Paper to the card front. We also die cut the label using the Stitched Nested Label Dies and then—for a final touch—stamped the sentiment on Soft Sea Foam Cardstock. Isn’t it stunning? Sometimes the smallest details can make all the difference in your papercrafting!
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