It may be cold and frosty outside, but in my craftroom it is all about Butterflies and pastels!   Today I am presenting my final class card for the Level 1 Altenew Educators Certification Program.   The class is Irresistible Inking Techniques and I had fun trying all kinds of techniques.


I created my background panels – first I used a brayer to apply some Ocean Waves ink to a card stock sheet.  Note:  when using a hard brayer, put a stamping pad under your cardstock – I wasnt getting much ink on my first tries.  I cut the cardstock down to 4 x 5 1/4 inch and used the dark ink to edge the panel. Then I used Orange Cream and Maple yellow mini inks to apply some rough inking around some some smaller panels, again using the ink to also apply an edge.

My smallest panels, cut to 3 x 4 1/4 inch,   I stamped a sentiment in Jet Black and various butterflies from Painted Butterflies in  Ocean Waves.    The butterflies were watercolored in Orange Cream and Maple Yellow using a Spectrum Noir glitter brush pen.  The butterflies are just so sparkly!!

The cards were planned with a main butterfly, and I created those on silver vellum and heat embossing.  Since I can never decide just what I want, I used a pastel blue, and sparkly gold and silver.    I watercolored the butterflies with the same ink colors and glitter brush pen.  I love all of them so much!!!  Just what I needed in my craft room.  Another tip:  remove your small stamps from your work area before applying the embossing powder.  I had to go wash glitter off of my sentiment and small butterfly stamps!

Then it was time to put the cards together (yes, I made 4 of them).   I adhered some foam to the back of the center pieces and adhered that to the yellow and orange panels.  With matching ribbon applied to the open space corners of the panels, I taped them to the blue panels that were on top folded Neenah Solar White card stock.   Then I glued the center of each butterfly to a card.  I added some matching embellishments and these are my final 4 cards,  and all the wonderful butterflies I can use in the future.   I so needed a taste of spring and these cards have done it!!!

I hope these have brightened your day as much as mine.  Spring will be here soon and so will the real butterflies.

Catch you soon – Mary Kay

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  1. Your cards look great! I will discuss your final challenge with Virginia and get back to you 🙂
    Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in the AECP assignment Gallery. Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

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  2. Thanks for taking me to the butterfly garden! These are awesome designs, Mary! The vellum butterflies are so pretty! I am so glad that you enter your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Awesome details and design! Super work!

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