Distressed butterflies with Suzz

Hi! Suzz here. I love distressing whether it is sponging on color or creating texture around the edges of the cardstock.

I created two projects using both of these techniques.

When I am trying out techniques I always like to use a full sheet of cardstock. It gives me flexibility in trying out different ideas, picking sections that I like best to work with and to have scraps to use on future projects. For my first card I started with a full sheet of white cardstock with a script stamp stamped repeatedly across the surface with a yellow ink.

I let the background completely dry before moving onto the next step.

I stamped the butterfly using Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I sponged over the butterfly using orange dye ink with the ink blending tool. I sponged around the edges of the butterfly and over the entire image. I wiped off the excess ink on the embossed surface.

When I finished with that I had a spurt of inspiration and decided I wanted to hide a message behind the wings of the butterfly. I pulled out my pen knife and cut around the edges of the butterfly on a cutting mat.

To make sure I aligned my hidden mesage I put a piece of cardstock behind the butterfly and traced the butterfly onto the white cardstock. I then stamped over the butterfly repeatedly with the tiny words. I used an eraser to remove the traced image.

Before I put the message behind my butterfly, I added a touch of shading in the center and around the cut edges underneath the butterfly. I sponged the brown dye ink using a sponge dauber.

After I finished with the distressing around the butterfly I continued to sponge brown dye ink around the edges of stamped background. I distressed the edges of the stamped background using the distressing tool. I finished it with a brown dye ink again around the edges.

I loved the effect of the first card and wanted to try it again but without stamping under the embossed image.

I stamped the butterfly first on white cardstock using Versamark ink. I heat embossed the image using clear embossing powder.

I stamped over the background using a light blue dye ink. After that I repeated the process of cutting the butterfly wings, sponging with a combination of a darker blue dye ink and brown dye ink.

I stamped on the corners a flourish and added a sentiment on either side of the butterfly. I repeated the hidden words under the wings.

The distressing around the butterfly underneath the wings actually makes it look like a shadow from the wings. Now I am having visions of a swarm of rainbow colored butterfly cards.

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This is breathtaking – thanks Suzz!

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  1. These cards are just beautiful, Suzz! I love the idea of cutting around an image this way – great job!

  2. These cards are amazing. Thanks for the inspiration. I’m now searching my stash for a large butterfly stamp.

  3. What a fantastic idea, Suzz – the finished results are just stunning, especially love the first one, with the bold bright orange/brown. Beautiful cards.

  4. What a great idea!!! I simply love the idea of embossing and dabbing with ink again…andyhen cutting it on the edges…that orange card is just so beautiful!!!

  5. This is one of the most b beautiful creations I’ve ever seen. WOW! Got to try this one.

  6. Just brilliant, Suzz – those lifted wings are a stroke of genius, and the sponged colour works so beautifully to create the framing around the cut-out areas. Love this, thank you so much for sharing your inspiration.
    Alison x

  7. These cards are both gorgeous Sue! And what a fun technique! Love the text behind the first butterfly and the way you split the sentiment on the second one. Stunning colour combos too. Thank you for sharing!!

  8. These cards are just beautiful, Suzz! I love the idea of cutting around an image this way – great job! Stunning colour combos too. Thank you for sharing!!
    CU hellerlittle

  9. Both of these cards are absolutely gorgeous Suzz! I love the lifted wings on the butterflies, they look absolutely amazing and makes for a really stunning project! Thanks for sharing this great tutorial… :)

  10. Stunning tutorial, Suzz! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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