Friday 24 July 2015

Just Add Ink Challenge # 272

Boy oh boy these Fridays are rolling round quickly! The weeks are disappearing as quickly as the amount of clothes I can fit into with my 'its too cold to exercise so will eat more chocolate' idea. However, it does mean that its time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink.

This week our theme is one that I know will be very popular:

                                                  JUST ADD BUTTERFLIES

Butterflies seem to be all the rage nowdays and so many companies have brought out some gorgeous stamps, dies and papers with them in mind. So I know there will be some amazing entries this week.

I recently purchased a new butterfly stamp/die set myself and even though I've already used it this week, I couldn't help getting it out again:

I cut a panel of white CS the same size as my card front. I then used a technique called 'partial die-cutting' that I've done a few times before but used word dies. It was something I saw Laura Bassen do a few months ago. I wanted to try it using the butterfly die and it worked a treat!

I stamped the matching butterfly stamp and sentiment in black and coloured it in using a watercolour pencil. I worked out where the panel would sit over the card front and used Distress Ink 'Peacock Feathers' to create a blue background. Lots of foam tape was applied to the panel and it was popped on to the card. And of course I had to throw on some pretty sequins.

The circle die is from Couture Creations. The butterfly stamp/die set is from Hero Arts 'Stamp and Cut - Butterfly', the sentiment is from this set too. The sequins are from Avery Elle.

Will also link this to the Little Tangles Challenge # 58 where their theme is:

You have until next Wednesday 29th July to enter the Just Add Ink challenge and if you need any help with ideas, the rest of the Design Team have some beautiful projects on the blog.  Hope to see you in the Gallery!!

Take care


  1. So gorgeous! Love that semi-circle cut out/partial cut - it makes a wonderful frame for your butterfly.

  2. oh again that sweet butterfly
    love your CAS design again Shona
    great blue sponged and nice add of the sequin
    Adorable CAS card my dear
    how is your son today...

  3. Wow, Shona. The partial die cutting looks so great, especially with the beautiful blue background & that sweet butterfly. Love the little shiny touches too.
    Di :-)

  4. Hi Shona! Your card is gorgeous! Love that pretty butterfly, and that background in Peacock Feathers is perfect! Love it!

  5. This is beautiful, Shona! What a great job of partial die cutting and I love the ombre aqua coloring!! Enjoy the weekend!! Hugs, Darnell

  6. Gorgeous card your sweet butterfly, and those colors are perfect! And your partial circle, is amazing paired with all your wonderful sequins! Just fabulous!!!

  7. Gorgeous card!
    love your fab partial die cutting, Shona. xo

  8. Ohh I might have to give that technique a go too - it looks amazing!

  9. Great technique, beautiful bold butterfly, and lovely, calming, blues. I love this!

  10. So pretty, Shona ... the monochrome blues are fabulous ... and those sequins add just the most perfect amount of pzazz! Anita :)

  11. Fancy that, Shona - I'm on the 'it's too hot to exercise' program!!! Wonderful, gorgeous card showing off your fab blending skills, and embellie placement!!!
    =] Michele

  12. Wow! Just love the effect of your partial die cutting and the beautiful blues. Stunning card Shona! xo

  13. Pretty, pretty, pretty - can't stop thinking how pretty this butterfly is! I am loving the softness of the blue you have used!

  14. Loving that partial die cut and the selective coloring!

  15. I'm slowly trying to catch up with comments - travel, bike races, more travel - have seen me fall behind! First: hope you're feeling MUCH better and second...oh my! Your partial-cutting has landed stunning results! Swooning!