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Blending with Butterflies

Happy Friday! I hope you are all having a great week and plan on having an even better weekend! This is Julissa of Paper Gems by Jules on the blog today sharing some fun ideas for your next card. Today I'm talking about oxide blending, heat embossing on vellum, stenciling, splattering, subtle stamping and simple die cutting. Yeah, sounds like a lot, but it's a lot of fun! So let's get started!

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Let's start with blending. Distress oxide inks are so easy to blend. If you're struggling with color choices, Pinterest has soooooo many ideas to inspire you. For this card, I used Tattered Rose, Saltwater Taffy and Abandoned Coral. I like to start with the lightest color and blend into the darkest color. Don't stress the perfect blend because you can fake it... here's how:

  1. Splatters - Oxide inks are reactive to water so you can splatter water over the inked background to make a more distressed look. You can also splatter other inks, paints or perfect pearls as well.

  2. Stencilling - I used an old Tim Holtz stencil, but you can use any stencil to break up the background and create some interest.

  3. Subtle Stamping - I love stamping on a background using subtle colors. I tried first stamping the Love & Wisdom Background with Tattered Rose, but it kind of got lost so I then used Vintage Photo Distress ink.

For the beautiful Forest Butterfly, I chose to stamp it on velum using Versamark and embossing it with white embossing powder. When placed over the blended background, it kind of got lost, so I colored the back of the butterfly using Copics. This creates a kind of stained glass look.

With all the beautiful floral stamps, I just wanted something else to be plain and simple to keep the focus on the detailed butterfly. I die cut three floral images and layered them on the left side. Fully adhering the largest and letting the other two pop out giving this card some dimension. Placement of the sentiment was based on where these florals landed. Once everything was adhered, I added a few little gems to bring in the brown from the background and sentiment.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I truly hope that you have some crafty time in your future.

Until next time... Happy Crafting!


Supply List


  • Forest Butterfly

  • Love & Wisdom Background





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