Monday, September 12, 2011

Penny Black: Butterfly Bear Birthday card

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I made a birthday card for my Godfather's partner who is a bright, bubbly and happy lady who means the world to me.  As this particular lady loves bright colours, I went for a bright lilac colour which I know she will love.

The background designer paper was a rather plain looking lilac sheet from my Prima 'Sweet Fairy' 6" x 6" pad so I decided to jazz it up a little by stamping all over it with a little butterfly stamp from the Penny Black set 'Garden Friends'.  I stamped it using Versacolor Lilac pigment ink as well as Versamagic Pretty Petunia chalk ink (the Pretty Petunia colour is the darker purple shade that you can see if you peer closely!).

Then I grabbed a flower from my Penny Black set 'Wonderful' and stamped that all over with Elzybells Sugar Candy (white) pigment ink. I then heat-set the paper to dry off the pigment ink otherwise it would have smeared.   The effect of the stamping is very subtle but made the designer paper look a little more interesting than just using it as it was.  Of course, much of it is covered by all the other stuff on the card now - but it was really an experiment at seeing what I could do with a plain sheet and it was fun to play around.

The teddy (also a Penny Black stamp) was stamped onto watercolour paper using Versafine Onyx black ink and coloured with watercolour pencils and a paintbrush.  I added some Kindyglitz Crystalina to the butterflies which you might be able to see in this wee close-up (note you can click on it if you want a bigger piccy).  This image panel is also up on dimensionals.

The side panel was embossed with my Craft Concepts - Budding Vine embossing folder and the gorgeous border punch is a Martha Stewart edge punch called 'Vintage Floral'.  Isn't it fab?!!  The white lace is over 30 years old which I inherited from my parent's wool and haberdashery store.  I should use more lace on cards - I really love how it looks.  It was sheer luck that the Lilac Twine matched the card perfectly.  Usually I choose my ribbon when I pick my cardstock colour so that I am not left with a card and no matching ribbon which makes me crazy!  I love it when everything you find just seems to match perfectly.

I diecut a tag and stamped the sentiment which is from the Penny Black 'Critter Party' clear set.  I added two tiny hearts which are the leftover punches from using my EK Success Arrows border punch - the punchies look like tiny hearts to me.  I added some Kindyglitz to them as well.

The paper flowers are from Enthaily Wholesale (an Aussie company) and the dark green foliage was made using a Martha Stewart Branch punch.  I did actually remove the green base from underneath the flowers because the green didn't match my card (it was too yellowy-green) so I punched some stars with a Carl CP1 Star punch using the same dark green cardstock as for the foliage and simply glued them underneath the flowers.  I attached the foliage and flowers with Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky glue (LOVE this stuff!).

Lastly I glued on some heart-shaped buttons.


I am entering my card into the following challenges -

Makin' it Colourful - Challenge #34 - Make it purple

PaperPlay Challenges - Week 36 - use 2 or more stamped images.  I have used the teddy stamp plus the other 2 stamps (butterfly and flower) to make the background designer paper.


On a completely different topic, I have stepped down from the Fat Cat's Design Team which I have been part of for about a year.  Thanks to Kaaren (the owner) for having me - it's been a fab experience and I have learned so much!  Of course, I will still be blogging and cardmaking - nothing will change in that regard.  In fact, here is a little sneaky peak of part of a project I have been working on........hmmmmm.....I wonder what it might be.........


As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.  You will find my email address on the LH sidebar of my blog - just scroll down till you see the little smiley face.  Or just leave a comment below and I will update this post if need be.  Thanks so much for stopping by Free Smiley Courtesy of


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black clear sets - 'Make a wish' sentiment from Critter Party 30-013, 'Flower' from Wonderful 30-029 and 'Butterfly' from Garden Friends 30-021, Penny black wood-mounted 'Butterfly Bear' 3696H

Ink:  Versafine Onyx black, Versamagic Pretty Petunia chalk, Versacolor Lilac pigment, Elzybells Sugar Candy (white) pigment ink (no longer available)

Designer paper:  Prima Sweet Fairy 6" x 6" pad

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Tiny Tags dies, Craft Concepts Budding Vine embossing folder, Spellbinder Labels 12 nestabilities, Kindyglitz Crystalina, paper flowers - Enthaily Wholesale, lilac twine - The Twinery,  lace - stash, 140lb Watercolour paper, Faber-Castell and Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils, paintbrush, Crafter's Pick Incredibly Tacky glue, heart buttons - Spotlight, dimensionals, heat-gun, Cardstock:  lilac, lavender, forest green

Punches:  Martha Stewart Vintage Floral edge, EK Success Arrows border, Martha Stewart branch, Carl CP-1 Star


Anonymous said...

Ohhhh my!! this is totally my fav!! purple and brown. i am so in love with the details also.

thanks for sharing this pretty card :)


Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Aww . . . this is very sweet Jocelyn.

Hugs, Sandra

Elizabeth Allan said...

A beautiful birthday wish Jocelyn.

Anonymous said...

This is such a sweet card! I love all the little details and of course the cute Penny Black bear.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Jobear I just love this card I have always been slightly addicted to purple when was at teachers college and purple was all the rage everything I owned clothes wise had purple somewhere ..including purple suede toe thongs, oh they were groovy!:D and love the little bits of tweaking you have done all the way through this card... your cards show how much love and though you put into each one, Thanks for sharing. Shaz in oz.x

Jackie said...

What a delightful card, great colours and a very cute image. Love the layout too :o)
Jackie xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Jo bear, Back again - yes, tis your fault I have the PB puppy dog stamp (he's soo cute) saw it on your blog and hey! I use it a lot too... thanks for popping over too! Shaz.x

Mandy said...

Gorgeous card, so sweet.
Thanks for joining us at Paper Play for our 2 or more stamped images challenge
hugs Mandy xx

Sarah said...

Hi Jocelyn,
This card is gorgeous hun!! I'm loving the purples and also the subtle stamped paper, it looks amazing.
Your colouring as always is superb and I love that twine.
Thank you for the lovely message you left me. I've been having a bit of break due to my back but my painkillers have changed so I've been having a bit of play again, working quite hard on entries for the Cardmaker of the Year competition in one of our magazines. I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things again before I end up having my op, whenever that may be.
Sarah xx :o)

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

lovely colour shcme and such a cute card
Lindsay xx

Curt in Carmel said...

This is an awesomely sweet card. LOVE that lilac color you used. And the image is so cute! I absolutely love how you got the texture of the bear being furry in your water coloring. Very nicely done! Best, Curt

pickle said...

aww this is beautiful x

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