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Saturday, January 2, 2010


I had such a wonderful day today! A couple of good stamping friends came over to have a play date with me. (My kids called it that.) I wanted to try something new and share it with them.

Two different ideas inspired what we created. One came from Vanessa's awesome blog header. The other is from a technique that I saw on Godelieve's blog awhile ago with some gorgeous butterflies and she reminded me of it with her post today.

The technique we used was to create a background using inks and remove some of the color on our stamped image using bleach.


1. Spray glimmer mist/s on white card stock to create a background paper. Waited for the paper to dry. You will probably want to place something on the paper while it is drying to prevent curling up.

2. Stamp your swarm of butterflies on the glimmer mist background using a black pigment ink.

3. Emboss images using clear embossing powder.

4. Place small amount of gel bleach on acetate and use a small brush. Dip brush in bleach and paint the areas where you want to remove the color.

5. Cut out butterflies.

6. I sponged my background with a dye ink but my friends used the remainder of their glimmer mist paper to create their background and it was prettier than my background.

7. Stamp the grass using whatever colors works with your background. I used the Versafine Toffee with brown pigment ink accents.

What was really fun is we each used different colors for our backgrounds so each of our cards came out completely different.

Hope you enjoy my swarm of butterflies. I will share tomorrow the other project we worked on. I want to clean up mine and share the end result.

Thanks for stopping by...



  1. WOW, this is Stunning!! Love the way you did the butterflies.
    Aloha & Hugs,

  2. Oh my.. Breathtaking! Now that's a great Play Day!!!!

  3. Gorgeous butterflies Sue, Wow, such an amazing job and they seem to be flying by so eloquently!

  4. Sue, your card is magical! What a beautiful combination of stamps, and your background and the sentiment are perfect! You are so lucky to have such playmates!!

  5. Love those butterflies, they are so pretty! What an awesome card, it's another one that should be framed. So glad you enjoyed a wonderful day being creative with friends, sounds perfect!

  6. Amazing card! So cool that my header inspired you! Love it!!


  7. Oh my gosh - what a beauty Suz! Love it. Nice to have friends comming over to play with - loool

    PS jump to my blog I have an award for you!

  8. wow!!! I can see where you drew the inspiration from Vanessa's beautiful header! what a gorgeous card! I'll have to try the bleach technique sometime, too!

  9. Just lovely Suzanne! What a great bunch of butterlies!

  10. Sounds like the perfect play date! Gorgeous card Sue - wonderful background and I love the flight of butterflies. Thanks for explaining your technique!

  11. Another gorgeous card!! I really love how you challenge yourself with techniques and so great you had some girls over to craft together!

  12. Hi Suzanne, what a stunning card, you are certainly inspiring me, I have the wheat grass stamp and I was needing a bit of inspiration so thank you. I also have a little blog award waiting on my blog for you !!

  13. beautiful Suzanne - lovely effective technique.

  14. What a wonderful kaleidoscope of butterflies which I think are my favourite images of all. You do give us some brilliant techniques to try too. Thanks Suzanne!

    Lesley Xx

  15. Absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to try this technique.

  16. So lovely and warm. It's a very comforting card. LOVE the butterflies... I like the muted background.

  17. Wow, Suzz, I really like those butterfilies and the colors too!

  18. Stunning! I like how your butterflies grow in size as they move across the card.

  19. Whoa... love this, Sue! Totally stunning, love all the butterflies!! You amaze me every time I visit your blog!

  20. Gorgeous card with all those butterflies and I like that you included instructions on how you achieved your work of art!


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