Butterfly Gift Wrapping

Butterfly Gift Wrapping

I needed gift wrapping for the butterfly cards I showed you yesterday. Here are a couple different ways I packaged them up.

butterfly gift bags

The first and easiest way to give these butterfly cards as gifts is in little card bags. I picked up the bags at Xpedx. I created the tag myself. To punch holes that deep on the tag/flap, I used a cropadile. These card bags hold three cards and three envelopes each.

Not sure the photo shows it, but I did stamp some flowers on the top tag/flap to give some added interest.

butterfly gift box

The gift box holds a set of 7 cards. Obviously the card itself was the inspiration for the design of the box. I created the box after I had stamped all 7 of the cards. After all, one needs to know all the dimensions of a stack of 7 cards & envelopes before making a box.

Butterfly Gift Wrapping – Supply List

  • Stamps: Composer’s Dream by Stampabilities; For a Special Friend by My Sentiments Exactly!; Layered Flowers by Hero Arts; thank you by Stampin’ Up
  • Inkpads: Onyx Black by Versafine; Distress Ink – Walnut Stain, Scattered Straw and Tumbled Glass by Ranger
  • Paper: generic
  • Other: corner rounder
  • Embellies: ribbon by Creative Impressions; gems

Butterflies with Copic Markers

Butterflies with Copic Markers

When I saw that the Hero Arts butterflies came as digital files, I couldn’t resist! They look great colored tone on tone and with multiple colors. All of these cards are birthday cards, but would be great for spring, get well, or thinking of you.

butterflies colored with copics

Lest you think it a shame that the right side of the butterfly is cut off, don’t worry. I’ve used that on the inside of the cards!

inside the butterfly card

Let’s take a closer look at each of these cards and a couple more that I couldn’t resist coloring. Some photos will make it easier to see the music score background I stamped behind each butterfly. I did distress the edges of the background papers, but that, too, is difficult to see.

I printed this large butterfly on Georgia Pacific paper on my toner based printer. This would not work on an inkjet.

full color butterfly

I adore the rich hues of this butterfly.

blue butterfly

One of the first butterflies I colored was this blue one. I searched Google images and found a photo of one that looked very similar to the one I’ve colored here.

green butterfly

Is there such a thing as a green butterfly? I don’t know but I think it’s cute!

orange butterfly

I’ve seen more butterflies with orange…does one such as this exist in nature?

pink butterfly

This was the second butterfly I colored. I love the coloring next to the veins!

purple butterfly

Again, I don’t think this color butterfly exists, but after coloring so many others, I couldn’t resist creating a purple one.

yellow butterfly

Last but not least is the yellow butterfly. When I had finished coloring all the others, I realized that I wanted a yellow butterfly. So here it is.

Come back tomorrow to see what gift packaging I made for these.

Butterflies with Copic Markers – Supply List

  • Stamps: Flutterbies Vanessa by Hero Arts digital image; Happy Birthday by My Sentiments Exactly!; Composer’s Dream by Stampabilities
  • Inkpads: Onyx Black by Versafine; Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Shabby Shutters, Scattered Straw, Victorian Velvet, Milled Lavender, Spiced Marmalade
  • Markers: Copic (listed below)
  • Paper: white is Georgia Pacific; other colored paper is generic
  • Other: corner rounder punch
  • Embellies: gems

Copic Markers Used:

  • Butterfly Body: W0, E57, E77
  • Blue Butterfly: B000, B12, B23, B24, B29
  • Green Butterfly: YG03, YG06, YG17, YG67
  • Orange Butterfly: R02, YR15, YR16, R05, R37
  • Pink Butterfly: RV10, RV34, BV29, R59
  • Purple Butterfly: BV000, BV04, B63, BV08
  • Yellow Butterfly: Y000, Y06, Y15, Y17, YR15, YR16, R05
  • Multi Colored Butterfly: Y17, YR15, YR17, R05, R37, R59, B000, B93, B97, YG03, YG06, YG17

Color Wash by Ranger Makes Beautiful Cards

Color Wash by Ranger Makes Beautiful Cards

Ranger makes Color Wash, ink in a spray bottle. By misting color wash over various stencils onto water color paper, you can create your own beautiful decorative paper. I learned this technique from Fred Mullett. He calls this technique “Elegant Mess”. I agree it’s both messy yet artistic. If he teaches a class in your area, I encourage you to take it. The class is fun and Fred is casual and funny.

color wash by ranger

The color wash paper is used for both the focal image and background! What makes it work for both is using a mix of paper. You need some  that has a lot of white and some that doesn’t have any white.

This paper also has some mica flecks on it. We splattered MicaColor on it.

butterfly left

To create a focal image like the butterfly you can draw it, use a punch or find a stamp that has an easy to identify shape (and create your own template). For this card, I used a stamp and made my own template.

For the background, I simply picked a section of color wash paper that I thought was pretty. Likewise, I selected a piece of paper that I thought would look nice as a butterfly and cut it out. I embossed the birthday greeting in gold.

elegant mess

The photo above illustrates what the card would look like if you use a mostly white background and a colorful butterfly. Same elements, yet a totally different look. This time the birthday greeting is stamped in black ink.

masculine birthday card with color wash

Above I attempted a masculine card. Dark colors seem more masculine at times. And nature can also be masculine…if the stamp isn’t too cutesy.

two hearts

You can create a ton of cards using the water color paper. Here I attempted to create a valentine card. I don’t really like how it turned out. So, this technique does take an eye for design.

hearts on panels

Again, I don’t really like how this turned out. But it gives you another idea of how color wash can be used.

Color Wash by Ranger Makes Beautiful Cards – Supply List

  • Stamps: butterfly – Hampton Art Stamps; Rose Leaves – Rubber Stampede; birthday wishes – My Sentiments Exactly!
  • Inkpads: Crushed Olive & Forest Moss- Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Tuxedo Black – Memento; embossining pad
  • Other inks: Color Wash – by Ranger (all their colors); Stargazer MicaColor – by Artquest
  • Paper: water color paper 90lb.; various scraps
  • Other: gold embossing powder; circle punch; ribbon; gems, stencils (random)
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