Natural Touch Butterfly
Welcome back, stamping friends! I’m so excited for this week. Amelia is out of school for Spring Break and we have lots of fun planned. She’ll be with me Monday, Tuesday, and Friday while her mom is at work. Her dad has Wednesday and Thursday off, so they’ll be playing together those days – but we still have a fun adventure planned with some friends on Thursday. And Friday we’re celebrating what would be my dad’s 89th birthday with my mom, sister-in-law and nephew.
Miss Amelia and my nephew Nicholas have a very strong bond. Nick is autistic and non-verbal. He can talk – I’ve heard him. He just won’t. The first time Amelia met him, we were at my parents’ house and she was about two years old. After Nick was buckled into the car, my sister-in-law chatted a little more with my parents. Amelia walked over to the car and just held Nick’s hand until they were ready to leave.
This past Friday, we were having lunch at a local farm market. They have a fabulous selection of local produce, meats, dairy, deli and bakery items, as well as gift items. Amelia found several things she wanted, so I agreed that she could pick two things to buy. She chose a cow that “moo”ed, and then chose a gift for Nick. She was ready to check out, but I reminded her she had one more thing. “No, I’m giving my second thing to Nick.” I could not have been more proud of my granddaughter!
So I’m looking forward to our days together this week. Usually we only have an hour or two between school and the time she’s picked up by parents. This week, we’ll have all day together! We’re going to have an art day tomorrow, I think. I bought the Dino Days Bundle for her and it arrived Friday after she went home, so I think she’ll have fun with that. Plus, I have a fun background technique that I was going to record Sunday for a Monday video – but I get a lot more comments on videos I create with Amelia, so I’m going to let her join me in the video for Wednesday (not that I’d ever exploit my granddaughter for financial gain, of course!).
In the meantime, here is one more card option the card buffet participants enjoyed.
This card is so simple – but absolutely gorgeous, don’t you think? First, I stamped the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp on Basic White Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Then I die-cut with the Brilliant Wings Dies. Using the Blending Brushes, I added Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, and Granny Apple Green ink to the butterfly. Ok, you caught me. Truthfully, I have no idea what colors I used. I made this card weeks ago and didn’t notate the colors. You could use Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie. Old Olive….I’m fairly sure Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, and Granny Apple Green are in there, because these are my favorite red, orange-ish, and green colors. But use whatever your favorite colors are, because this is a neutral card and anything will work.
Moving on (after my horrible admission), emboss the Natural Touch Specialty Paper using the Greenery Embossing Folders. Then emboss the front of the Very Vanilla card base using the – oh, goodness. I just realized the folder I used didn’t get moved to the retired section of my Embossing Folders box. I used the Country Floral 3D (apparently retired) Embossing Folder, but any of our beautiful folders will work. Make sure they cover the entire front of the card, though. What a hot mess this blog post is turning out to be!
I stamped the sentiment from the Beauty Abounds Stamp Set in Saddle Brown StazOn Ink. The Natural Touch Specialty Paper is non-porous, so StazOn Ink works better on it.
I adhered the Natural Touch paper layer to an Early Espresso Cardstock layer, then added it all to the embossed Very Vanilla card base. Finally, I added the gorgeous butterfly using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Although the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set and Brilliant Wings Dies will be available in the 2021-2022 Catalog, the Natural Touch Specialty Paper is only available through May 2, 2021, or while supplies last. And the Beauty Abounds Stamp Set and coordinating Butterfly Beauty Dies are also retiring. The stamp sets will be available through the middle of April, but the dies are while supplies last. So if you love these products, don’t wait to order! You can see all the retiring products – many of which are deeply discounted – in my store. And while you’re there, you can order other non-retiring products as well.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!