Peaceful and contemplative

that is how this card feels to me


8/22/20232 min read

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Let’s Get Started:

Card Base: 5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Gray Border: 5.5 x 4

Card Face:5.5 x 3.7/8

Card Face:

  • I secured the stencil to the card face with Mint Tape, grabbed brushes and inks and set to work.

  • I selected soft colours to use with this stencil, a gentle blue and a quiet green. They blended beautifully on the background, contrasting nicely with the white flowers in the meadow.

  • I put the card face into my stamp positioner and added the sentiment in a soft gray: I wanted it to match the background rather than make a bold statement.


I had already stamped and coloured the tiny butterfly long ago: it was put into my ready-to-go binder. The day had finally come for her to take her place on a card.

See Techniques in the header for an explanation of the binder.


  • I glued the gray border layer to the cardbase, centering vertically. I repeated this process with the card face.

  • I put liquid glue on the center of the butterfly, and placed her on a blossom.

  • When the glued had dried, I added tiny pieces of dimensional foam to the underside of each wing to prevent them from flattening in the mail.

Final thoughts:

I had very different plans for this card when I began, but as soon as I saw the soft tones of the stencilled image I changed my mind, and it became a sympathy card.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

I have listed which products I have used, and where they were purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.

Stamp: Heal Your Heart, Stampin' Up! (retired)

Stencil: Wildflowers, A Colorful Life Designs

Ink: Stampin’ Up!


Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up!

Stamping Platform::Misti, Spellbinders

The platform I use has retired, but the Misti is very similar.

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Gray Cardstock: Stampin' Up!

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Card Face: Accent 80 lb., Amazon

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