Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Butterfly Garden Card

One of my favorite things to do in the summer time is visit the Butterfly Garden at the Minnesota Zoo. I don't know what it is about butterflies, maybe the fact that they represent hope and a new beginning, whatever it is they are some of the most amazing little creatures around! Their wings are so beautiful and delicate. The picture of the Monarch butterfly on the card is one that I took last summer.
The beautiful butterfly die cuts were made using the Bugs (S4 008) die and the Flying Beauties (S4 123) die from Spellbinders. Each butterfly was cut, embossed, stenciled and air brushed using the Copic air brushing system and Copic sketch markers. To add the white dots I used Perfect Pearls from Ranger. The stamped image of the butterfly wing is from RubberNeckers and was stamped on paper Cryogen White CS using Brilliance Graphite Black ink and then the coloring was done with the Copic ABS and Sketch markers. Then I covered the entire piece with a dimensional glaze. Once that was dry I distressed the edges and then added some copper accents with the Copper pen from Krylon. I love the krylon pens--they can add so much to a project! The butterfly picture and the sentiment were cut out and then matted using the MegaNestabilites Long Classic & Scallop Rectangle from Spellbinders. The sentiment is also from RubberNeckers. To add more copper accents to the card I did copper gilding around the edge or the card, added a couple pieces of hardware, a HOPE charm and also some dew drops. I finished off the card by adding flourish, it's a piece of grunge board that I airbrushed with the Copic markers and then added some stickles and a few prima flowers.

Paper~CutCardStock.com--Cryogen White, Prism
Stamps~RubberNeckers--Wing(1311 SO), Sentiment(2000 10)
Ink~Brilliance--Graphite Black
Tools~Spellbinders--Wizard Universal Die Cutting & Embossing System, Bugs (S4 008), Flying Beauties (S4 123), MegaNestabilites Long Classic & Scallop Rectangle (Classic-S4 142, Scallop-S4 143)
Other~Copic Sketch Markers & ABS, USArtQuest--Copper Gilding, Krylon--Copper Pen, Prima--Flowers, Ranger--Flourish Grunge Board, Stickles, Perfect Pearls, The Robin's Nest--Dew Drops, My Stash--Hardware, Ribbon, Butterfly Picture

Thank you for stopping by today and where ever you are I hope you have some sunshine in your day!!



  1. Hey thanks for coming by and leaving the nice comments. Your blog is great.. so many beautiful things to look at!

  2. Love this card!!! Monarch butterflies are one of my favorites!


  3. Heidi...this card simply takes my breath away!!!...it is absolutely beeeeeautiful!!!...I would love to visit the garden some day!.....creative blessings, Debbie

  4. You should purchase a shadow box frame ($ store has them) and hang this on the wall. Really it is too good to just be a card...it is a work of art.
    Retired Heather


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