Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Sponged notecards - with Beautiful Wings embosslits

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you'll know that I love to make cards with sponged scenes. Today, I want to show you a card I designed to send to some of my special customers when I posted the new mini catalogue to them.

Sponged scenes are simple to make using just a few 'nature' stamps, some ink pads and some bits of sponge.

This scene is given a lift by the addition of one of the butterflies from the new Embosslits die called Beautiful Wings. This die is exclusive to Stampin' Up - as are most of the dies and folders in the mini catalogue. For those that are wondering what Embosslits are - they not only cut intricate shapes, but also emboss them beautifully when you run them with card stock through your die-cutting machine.

The butterflies come in a variety of sizes and designs and, of course, you can make them in any colour you choose!

I edged my scene with the spiral border punch and stamped the sentiment underneath in Bravo Burgundy - a colour that's often overlooked, but that I find invaluable.

Here's a close-up of some of those Embosslits Beautiful Wings butterflies - I love the way they add texture and dimension to the card.

Here's how to make this card:

  • Cut a 7cm x 21cm piece of Crumb Cake card stock. Score and fold in half to make a card base. (Note - this is not a standard size as I wasn't using envelopes for these cards.) Sponge the edges of the card front with Whisper White craft ink.
  • Cut a 6cm x 7cm piece of Whisper White card stock. Sponge the top two thirds with Marina Mist ink and the bottom third with Old Olive ink.
  • Build up a scene with 'nature' stamps, stamping several times before re-inking the stamps to give depth to your scene. Finish with a focal stamp, such as the grasses I've used here, stamped in Bravo Burgundy and angled to lead the eye up to the right-hand corner. Place an Embosslits Beautiful Wings butterfly here with Sticky Strip or a glue dot.
  • Sponge round the edges of the grass area with Old Olive ink, then the extreme edges with Soft Suede ink.
  • Glue the panel to the card front and finish with a sentiment stamped in Bravo Burgundy, using a stamp-a-majig for position.

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Autumn Days, Just Believe
Ink: Whisper White craft ink, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Bravo Burgundy
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White plus scrap of coloured card stock for the butterfly
Other: Spiral border punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslits die

We have been pretty much basking in sunshine since last week, but the weather forecast is gloomy for today. So, I'm going to take my youngest son out for the day. We will shop at his favourite establishments (Lego Store and Games Workshop!), have a spot of lunch so that I can benefit from his entertaining conversation and finish up watching Rio at the cinema. Sigh - what a top day! I get to have a special days with each of my other children too this holiday, so I'll get a wide range of conversation and a variety of activities. I LOVE the holidays!

Thanks for visiting me today and I hope you're having a great week too. I'll be in masculine mood for Three Minute Thursday tomorrow if you'd care to join me. Hope to see you then,


  1. I really love the pretty scene you have created on these cards! Your customers will be so pleased!

  2. These are gorgeous, Vicky! I love the bright, nature-inspired colours and the shape of your card!

  3. oooo these are just soooo beautiful. I love everything about them, the thumbnail on blogger just jumped out at me. The embossed butterflies are a great addition.
    Jenny x

  4. I am enjoying the colours you chose, wonderful to look at! TFS, Vicky!

  5. I feel so honoured - I have one of these cards. They are even more gorgeous in the flesh! Thank you so much Vicky - Jacqueline xx.

  6. Beautiful cards.....lucky customers. I hope you had a good day with your youngest !! A xx

  7. I love these gorgeouse notecards! The embosslits are fantastic, they make a superb embellishment.

  8. Gorgeous cards.. I love the stamping, those cute butterflies.. :) love them :)

  9. These are so pretty Vicky, I'm sure your lucky customers will love them. Hope you've had a good day
    Margaret x

  10. Your sponged "nature" backgrounds are always terrific! And the butterflies are so sweet!

  11. Every time I see your beautiful notelet sets, I think 'I should make some of those'. They really are very useful as well as being the perfect gift. Caroline

  12. Using the spiral border punch at the bottom of your perfectly created scene was a touch of genious... just the perfect detail (along with the little butterflies, of course). Sounds like you're having (well... like you've had...) a wonderful holiday with each of your children. So glad you enjoy having them around and are taking the opportunity to have special time with each of them... kids grow up so fast!


I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x