Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Creating Easter Card with Simple Watercolor Background

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday,

I hope you all had a great Great St. Patrick's day last week. Easter Day is around the corner. I made this card today so I could prepare it early and avoid doing it at the last minute. I am so in love with these Bunnies and flower elements from Pretty Pink Posh Bunny Friends stamp set. I die cut them with coordinating dies and colored with Copic Markers couple weeks ago. I did A LOT. I meant I probably colored at least 30+ bunnies and 100+ flowers and foliage. Call me crazy. But it is so handy to make a card whenever I want to with free of stress.

Now let us turn the topic into making this card. To prepare the background, I used a medium flat head brush applying Distress Oxide in Picked Raspberry mixed with water, and applied on a piece Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper. I kept moving around the water and add more color so I could build a little bit color gradient. I dried them with my Heat tool  and splattered some leftover paint over the background.

I cut "Happy Easter" sentiment out of Pretty Pink Posh Happy Easter Script Die 3 times out of Neenah Solar white 110 lbs card stock paper, then glue them together with Multi Medium Matte to create dimension. I ink blended on the die cut using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in Squeezed Lemonade and Cracked Pistachio. 
It is time to assemble everything. I still used Multi Medium matte as my adhesive agent because it dries clear and matte. I popped some images up with Foam tape to build some depth of field so everything is not just flat and boring. At last, I arranged some Pretty Pink Posh Jewels in Pink Plush to coordinate the whole scene.

 There you go. A lovely Easter bunny scene is in front of you. I hope you are all inspired and grabbed your crafting tools to start your creations. I will see you around on next Tuesday!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Quick Hello cards using Alcohol ink backgrounds and Concord&9th Say Hello diecut

Hi guys!

Erica here! It’s Monday which means it’s my turn back on the BRI blog.

Recently, I’ve been totally obsessed with alcohol inks and I’ve made so many background pieces it’s starting to get a bit ridiculous. I’ve challenged myself to make cards with them all before I’m allowed to make any more. In a recent blog post on my own blog, I made seven cards and told myself I could play with the inks again buuuuuuut then I realised I had another EIGHT backgrounds laying around...! I had to put my foot down with myself and set another goal of using more before I can make a single other piece.

With that in mind, I made three cards for today’s post. I picked out three panels and adhered them to the card bases with double sided tape and then trimmed the excess off with scissors. The pieces I picked out ranged from a dark blue to a light blue, aqua and white mix.

I also had the idea to make the overall design the same for all three cards, just changing up the colour schemes. I like doing this because I like seeing just how you get such different cards from using the same supplies. Plus it makes me feel like I get my money’s worth from my craft stuff, lol!

It’s no secret I have a rather size-able craft stash and it’s only in the last week I rediscovered the gorgeous Say Hello die cut from Concord & 9th. It’s a lovely die! I love the font and the fact it’s got a chunky size as well as a skinny one. Perfect for layering up different kinds of patterned paper, solid card stock, fun glittery card stock or foam sheets of different thicknesses. It has a matching stamp set too, which I don't have.... Yet.

Using my favorite foam sheet in 1.9mm thickness I cut out three Hello’s as well as one in white and one in light blue linen textured card stock, and the third one out of TonicStudio Black Velvet Mirror card stock. Then moving on to the skinny Hello, I cut one out of the same light blue card stock as the big hello. One in silver glitter card stock and the final one out of gold glitter card stock.
With a glue gen I added some glue to the back of the skinny ones and glued them down onto the chunky ones. Which then got adhered to the foam sheet Hello’s.

I also cut out three banners in white card stock using MFT Stitched Sentiment Strips, and I stamped the word ‘Friend’ from Concord & 9th’s stamp set Cuddles & Hugs. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink for two of them and I heat embossed it in WOW Metallic Gold Rich embossing powder on the third. This one is currently out of stock but a good alternative is Altenew's Antique Gold.

At this point it was a quick job to put the cards together, I just peeled off the back of the double- sided foam sheet Hello’s, placed the banners in the right spot and stuck them down on the cards.
I’m not going to lie, I toyed with the idea of some sequins but even The Man said to leave it when I asked him so I did.

Now, it may seem boring to make the same card over and over but using different colours mean you have a quick card design which can be adapted to the recipient by using their favourite colour . And that’s always a good thing, right? Plus you get so much use out of your supplies! That’s a huge plus in my book.

Right, well, that’s it from me for today but I’ll be back next week! Until then, have a great week and happy crafting from Erica

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Wishing You a Lifetime of Joy & Happiness

Hello and welcome to Butterfly Reflections Ink.
This is Tanya from Studio 5380 with a card that is near and dear to my heart! My son and his sweet bride-to-be are having their first wedding shower today so this is the perfect time to share the card I created for their special day...

I absolutely love these beautiful swans from the Splendid Swans Stamp Set from My Favorite Things.  After coloring, I used the coordinating die set to cut out my images.

My background was created with the Mini Cloud Edges Stencil from MFT and Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick.  I used Distress Inks in Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon to create the water.  It is so easy to blend multiple colors of Distress Ink or to work with stencils when using the Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool and I always love the results.

After finishing my background, I adhered my colored images with  Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.

For finishing touches, I added a little sparkle with a Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen and a few Pretty Pink Posh Gold Sequins. 

 Thank you so much for stopping by Butterfly Reflections Ink today.
Have a wonderful day and I'll see you soon!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St-Patrick's Day!

Happy St-Patrick's Day, Kim Hamilton here with you on this, my favorite day of the year! I am Irish on my Mom's side and St-Patrick's Day is the one day of the year that no one can ruin my mood, lol! 

Here is an Irish blessing for all of you:

May the sun shine, all day long,
everything go right, and nothing wrong.
May those you love bring love back to you,
and may all the wishes you wish come true!

My project today features all Lawn Fawn and My Favorite Things products and all of these products are available at Butterfly Reflections Ink.

I figured shamrocks and a rainbow would be appropriate for my project today. I started with my MFT Cloud Stencil (this is my favorite stencil) with a variety of Distress Oxide Inks on my background panel. I then die cut my Lawn Fawn Rainbow from multiple Lawn Fawn and MFT card stocks and glued it on the panel.

I colored my Shamrocks from the Lawn Fawn My Luck Charm stamp set with my Copic markers and used the accompanying dies.  The Cheers die is by MFT and I die cut that from matching green glitter card stock and the smaller sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Happy, Happy, Happy Add-on set. I then die cut extra clouds using the MFT Stitched Cloud dies 

I put all of my elements on the panel and I felt there was missing a little something so I colored in the cute bird from the MFT Birthday Chick stamp set and the hat and bow tie are from the Lawn Fawn Snow Cool stamp set placed him on one of the clouds. To finish off I added some Pretty Pink Posh Shamrock Jewels

Wishing you all a great St-Paddy's Day :) thanks for taking the time and if any of these products are backordered simply select the notify me option, Vanessa re-stocks super fast!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Lucious Layers....

Hello BRI friends, Norine from The Velvet Lemon, back with you for another Friday post!  Today I have two cards to share, made with my new Altenew Rose Flurries 3D dies.  Aren't those layered roses delicious??  

I die cut all my layers from watercolor paper and then painted them.  It's a pretty easy way to get four levels of shading from dark to light with just one color of paint, just by adding more water to the paint with each layer.  I did play around with a couple of the flowers introducing another shade to the layers for some extra interest.

For the background of this card I dry embossed a card stock panel with the Taylored Expressions Cross Stitch embossing folder.  In my head and heart, there is a link between the vintage florals like these layered sets, and the cross stitched gingham aprons my grandmother used to make and wear, so it seemed apropos to use them together on this card.  

Both cards have a little sentiment banner stamped with sentiments from the Concord & 9th Bits and Pieces stamp set, heat embossed with white and then tucked into the blooms and adhered.

For this card I mixed some molding paste with some Coral Bliss Altenew ink and smeared the paste over the Altenew Half Tone stencil.  Once it dries, and it doesn't take long, the layers of flowers and leaves can be adhered to it.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you found something to inspire you!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Easter Bunny Treat Box

Hi Crafty Friends!
Ali here with a cute treat box using those cute bunnies from the Honey Bunny Boo stamp set from Heffy Doodle Stamps and the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Treat Box die as well as the Winter House Add-on die from Lawn Fawn.
These little bunnies are a perfect size for the treat box!and it takes no time at all to construct this little beauty!

Firstly, I cut 2 treat box dies from some Kraft card and two "roof' panels ( from the Winter House Add-on Die) from green cardstock. I then used a Lawn Fawn paper pad (Perfectly Plaid Rainbow) to decorate the sides of the box. The same paper pad was used to cut some lawn pieces using the Lawn Fawn Grassy Hillsides die. Using the Winter House Add-on dies I cut a window from each side and the door from the side of the house in Kraft card and assembled the box as shown.

I then stamped our and coloured with copics the bunnies, and eggs from the Honey Bunny Boo set and die cut with the corresponding dies. I added detail with a white gel pen. I adhered them on the box as shown. To finish, I filled with mini Easter eggs of course and decorated the top with some ribbon in purple and green!

Thanks for joining me again!
Ali xx

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

You Are The Best

Hello, BRI friends!
It's Dana here. I'd like to share a floral card featuring Studio Katia's new release. Here is what I came up with.

To start, I stamped flower and leaves from Studio Katia Japanese Peony stamp Set onto cold pressed watercolor paper. I watercolord them with Mijello Mission Gold Watercolor Paints and cut them using coordinating die set.

I then die cut scallop circle shape from white card stock using Studio Katia Fancy Circle Die. I ink blended the scallop part with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink. I then pulled out another white card stock for its background and ink blended with Mermaid Lagoon and Antique Linen Distress Inks.

Sentiment from Studio Katia Japanese Peony Stamp Set is white heat embossed on kraft paper. Then, I assembled all elements of this card and mounted them using foam adhesive and glue tape. I curled petals and leaves by hand as well.

To finish, I embellished newly released Studio Katia Iridescent Bubbles and Iridescent Cones with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

Hope you enjoyed this card. I'll be back on next Wednesday with super cute critters. Thank you so much for stopping by!


I'm sharing supplies I used today. You can see full listed supplies on my blog.