Thursday, January 3, 2013


Today starts the new catalog!!  It is the Spring Seasonal catalog and since we are still waiting for our first fun snow day, it seems a bit odd to shelve the Winter Seasonal Catalog.   The first stamp from the catalog to see ink was the Swallowtail (page 18 #129216).   It is just beautiful, and so big!!  I decided to try embossing the Butterfly with Black and then going from there.  The first one I made was on Crumb Cake.  I guess I was not quite ready for bright yet.  I went with a distressed background and vintage elements of ribbon and
brads.  The ribbon I used are basic black taffeta, very vanilla seem binding, and the new "Natural Trim" ribbon from the Seasonal catalog, (page 20 #129287).  This ribbon is cotton and flax and has a really nice texture and feel to it.  I really like the dimension it brings to the project.  I distressed the Natural ribbon a bit by fraying the end of the ribbon to expose a middle thread, then pulling on the middle thread to make the ribbon ruffle just slightly.  The Tag was also made from a stamp in the new catalog called "A little Greeting".  A nice price at $7.95 (page 25 #129111) it gives you a thinking of you, and a just for you, as well as "Hi", in perfect sizes for adding little touches to your projects.
With my second Swallowtail card I decided to embrace the coming spring and give it a bit more color, although I guess it is still sort of dark :)  baby steps!  I also used black embossing powder on Elegant Eggplant paper.  I them added some bleach to the image with a cheap paintbrush.  Do this lightly and give the paper a few minutes to dry before you decide to add more, the color change is not immediate.  I use a really cheap paint brush so that I don't ruin any good ones, the bleach eats away at the bristles.  

Here is the finished bleaching step.

Embossing and bleaching tend to curl the paper so I like to then layer my bigger embossed pieces on another piece of paper.  I do this with a glue stick, I like the fuller coverage it gets and it really helps the embossed paper lay flat and not buckle. 

I added some glitter and some ribbon and a little tag that reads "Hi"  from the same stamp set I mentioned earlier in this post.  The white organza ribbon goes all the way around the embossed layer, and then I added some Scalloped Elegant Eggplant and black taffeta strips to the middle before tying the knot tightly around it all. 

I hope that you enjoyed todays post, thanks for stopping by! 





  1. This is simply stunning! Thanks so much for sharing all the helpful tips!!


  2. Dear Beth
    stpping by at splitcoaststampers I found your pages. I love this butterfly, especially the purple bleached one. It looks gorgeous. Thanks for this idea and sharing the directions with us, I very much appreciate it. Will follow your blog in future...
    Regards from Europe

  3. Wow - love the bleached card. Beautiful!



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