“Hello” Butterfly – Creating An Inked Shadow Background

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Peg Rounds

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“Hello” Butterfly Card -Creating An Inked Shadow Background

Say, “Hello” to someone with this beautiful pastel inked background card.  See how you can create an easy shadow for the butterfly, too, using this tutorial.  You will love using this technique for more of your card ideas once you’ve done just once.


Begin by creating a card base from white cardstock.  This is a piece of 10” x 7” cardstock cut and folded to create a 5” x 7” base.


Create a template using a piece of cardstock and a die such as a butterfly die or a punch.  The more open spaces of the design will create a more intricate look.  Attach it using a repositionable tape making sure to adhere down any areas that might get caught with the blending tool.


Place some ink from each color of ink pad that you will be using on your craft mat.


Pick up the ink off the mat using a blending tool and work it onto the card base using a small circular motion as you move from the mat onto the base.  Be sure to go over the template and work it into the open areas.


Carefully remove the template.  This is what the shadow of your design will look like at this point.


Cut a second piece using the same die or punch you previously used.  This time add a piece of waxed paper over the cardstock before cutting it.  Leave the pieces together and press or pass through the machine several times.  This will help the wax paper to stick to the cardstock.


The wax paper will stay adhered to the piece and create a “shine” to it for a fun new look.


Turn the piece over and add some 3-d adhesive to the back.


Attach it over the shadow and lightly bend the wings upward being careful to not pull the wax paper off.


Stamp the sentiment (Hello) onto the corner and finish off the inside with your desired message.

The next time you want to create your own background pull out this tutorial and have some fun.   Use it for any theme, occasion or idea.  The possibilities are endless!

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About Peg

Peg Rounds lives in East Moline, Illinois with her husband and best friend, Kevin and their son Josh and 2 dogs. She was an elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom, and later a home school mom. Over the years, she designed cakes on the side and went to school to become a certified chocolatier. She always has loved to craft since she was young and it was something that she wanted to be doing, but set it aside due to her busy life. After 15 years of doing cakes she decided it was time to stop and focus more on her family. She began doing layouts, then cards and it went from there. Before she knew it, next to spending time with her family, she spent every free moment creating something and blogging about it. One thing led to another and here she is today! Check out Peg's blog, Peg's Crafting Corner to see what else she has been up to!

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