Hey crafty people, it’s Tasha here and I’m back with your Saturday Inspiration…on a Sunday. (*My bad you guys, sometimes life & health get in the way!) I’m sharing sweet butterfly birthday wishes using a bunch of Catherine Pooler products, available at the Tree!
To get the pretty gradient background, I chose three colours from the Zen Garden minis that I knew would coordinate well together; this is my BIGGEST tip when you want to create an easy and quick blended background. Use colours that will easily blend into each other, why make it harder for yourself by choosing colours that will take a lot more work to blend?!
I grabbed my Catherine Pooler stencils and I chose Square Dance.
I secured an a2 panel of Neenah 80lb onto the stencil from behind, with some low tack tape. This means I can have the stencilled pattern right the way across my panel with no tape getting in the way, but my panel is still secured.
Then I got to blending using some of the Blending Buddy brushes from Trinity Stamps. I have lots of posts about the best ink blending techniques, because it’s one of my favourite things to do! (*You can check them out here, here & here.)
I trimmed the panel down once I was happy with the blend, so that I would have a white border when I attached it to my card base later on.
Stamping Birthday Butterfly Wishes!
I stamped two of the butterflies from the Just Soar stamp set by Catherine Pooler onto some more Neenah 80lb. I used Sugared Lavender to stamp the largest butterfly because I knew that would sit on the top portion of the card, and there was no purple there.
Then I added Polished to the upper part of the other butterfly, and gently dabbed the edge of the ink with a microfibre cloth to blend out any harsh edges. I repeated the process with Rose Petals on the lower half.
Bringing a little purple to the top, and some pink to the bottom really helps to balance out the design; especially when you’re using such a limited colour palette.
Adding a Sentiment…
I used the Happy Birthday Many Ways stamp set, also from Catherine Pooler, and I chose one of the more blocky sentiments to tie in with the stencilled background.
I stamped the whole sentiment in Sugared Lavender and just the ‘happy’ in each of the pinks. Then I trimmed them all out using my paper trimmer to ensure I got a straight cut.
I stacked the sentiment so that it reads ‘happy happy happy birthday’, I really like doing this with my sentiments!
I used foam adhesive squares on the back of each element so that it would add dimension; I love adding different layers to my designs as I think it makes them much more visually appealing.
To finish the design I chose some of the clear and holographic sequins from the Vegas, Baby embellishment mix by Catherine Pooler.
Then I just used wet glue to attach the panel to an a2 card base made using Neenah 110lb.
You can check out a super fun reels video that I have done for this card over on Instagram!
I will be back at the normal time next week for more inspiration!
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