Butterfly birthday {with a grunge background}…

I was thinking about the grunge background technique I learned at the recent A Muse Studio Consultant Conference out in Santa Fe, NM during one of the creative sessions, and I tried using it to create this pretty, butterfly birthday card. DSC_0333 copy

For this technique, I took a square of vanilla cardstock and stamped the script background stamp from A|S in mushroom ink onto the vanilla panel. I then took my wheat ink pad and smudged it around on top of the script panel to create that grunge background. I layered this piece onto a panel of mushroom card stock that I cut out with my label 1 die from Spellbinders, and wrapped it with a length of toffee twine.  The large butterfly I cut with my butterfly trio die set, using the largest of the three sizes. I embellished with a row of clear twinkle stickers to add some shine. The birthday sentiment is from our new Birthdays Inside and Out stamp set, and I stamped this in mushroom ink, right on that shell base card.

I think the grunge background technique adds a shabby-chic touch to this color scheme and overall card design; a little different for me, but I do like the resulting card. I hope you’ll give this grunge technique a try—just pull out a background stamp, create a panel and then smoosh a neutral ink pad color onto the panel and enjoy the results!

I welcome and appreciate your comments!  Thanks so much for having a look at my card design!


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A Muse|Studio Creative Consultant #1340
Glastonbury, Connecticut

A|S Spring Patterned Papers – Card #3

Today I am sharing the last of the three cards in my little Patterned Paper Series…and my favorite of the three I shared here this week…

a muse studio spring patterned papers + butterfly

For this card, I started off with a base card in mushroom. (I think slate would have been an even better choice but I didn’t have any of that color so I went with mushroom as my dark neutral base for some nice contrast, and it worked out fine.)

I cut 1/2″ strips of 6 different patterns that contained similar colors. I chose some of the darker patterns so that the white butterfly would show up well against the patterned background. I cut a scrap of card stock to measure 2.75×3.50″ and covered it with Tombow adhesive. I then applied the patterned paper strips across the sticky surface of my scrap on the diagonal, making sure to line up the edges of each pattern so they were snug against each other.

Once the entire scrap was covered, I turned it over and trimmed off the papers that hung over the edge and when I flipped it back over I had this great little piece of covered card stock to use as a background!

I glued the patterned piece to another piece of sugar card stock as a mat, stamped my sentiment (from the Enjoy the Ride stamp set), and to finish it off, applied the largest butterfly of the butterfly trio die set to the card front with a glue dot, using sparkle stickers for the body.

a muse studio spring patterned papers

I love the blast of color that the patterned papers add to the background without being completely overwhelming. I think the solid, white butterfly is just the right embellishment for this card. It adds some crisp contrast that wouldn’t exist if the butterfly had been stamped with a pattern or sprayed with Splash!

Love it—so happy to share it with you today!  I hope these patterned paper cards I’ve shared this week help to inspire you in your own card projects.


clean & simple sunday no. 76

I love cards with a little bit of texture to them and I thought the A Muse|Studio butterfly trio die set would be great for this type of card design…  you’ve seen this before, right?  Where an image is cut from a die and repeated on the front of a card in the same color card stock as the base card…  love it!

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I used A|S shell card stock for the base and die images and sugar for the scallop piece. The ribbon is lichen 5/8” satin. The sentiment is from the A|S Essential Sentiments set and stamped in black ink….A lovely, delicate, clean and simple design for this April Sunday.