Saturday, June 6, 2015

Hero Arts "Tic Tac Toe" Challenge & Addicted to CAS #65: Butterflies

Hello, friends!  Just stopping by today with a set of cards I made for the current Hero Arts "Tic Tac Toe" Challenge!  The challenge runs for the month of June, so there is plenty of time to play!

I was totally inspired to play when I saw THIS card by Donna Mikasa, my card-making idol!  :)
I decided to make a variety of cards using the diagonal combination of:
 heat embossing - birthday theme - watercolor.

My set of cards is clean and simple, with one main image, lots of open space, and no layers or embellishments.  Therefore, I am also playing along at the current Addicted to CAS Challenge #65: Butterfly

I used the same butterfly image, embossed, watercolored and fussy cut, on a variety of stamped backgrounds in a variety of colors.  I know I can definitely use a stash of birthday cards for all genders and ages...and these are it!

Here is the set of cards all together:

Here are the steps I followed.

First, I stamped and embossed the butterflies using Versamark ink and white embossing powder on watercolor paper.  I watercolored using Tim Holtz distress inks smooshed on a kraft mat and spritzed with water.

Once dry, I spritzed with Perfect Pearls Mist for some shimmer.

Next, I stamped the card bases with a variety of Hero Arts background stamps and sentiments.  Finally, I fussy-cut the butterflies and added antennas, etc.  I glued down the butterfly bodies but popped up the wings with some foam tape for a little dimension but not too much bulk.

Here are the cards one by one:

All Hero Arts Stamps Used:
Butterflies (CG130)
Good Friends
Sending Smiles
Truly Appreciated
Envelope Pattern
Large Canvas Stripes
Delicate Flowers

Thanks, Donna, for inspiring me!
Thanks, Hero Arts, for making such classic, timeless, awesome stamps!

Have a great day,


  1. Oh my gosh Judy, how gorgeous are these!! Love the pretty watercolored butterflies. These are fresh clean cards, but they really pack a punch!

  2. Judy, brilliant post and now you have inspired me. I had just finished water colouring a pile of butterflies and cut them out last night as I babysat but couldnt think what to do with them. They are all so pretty but too big to put together and bingo up comes this post. All those background stamps I have yes I'm off to do something similar. Thanks again

  3. Absolutely stunning!!! Brilliant, and gorgeous!!! Judy, I think you've inspired the lot of us... I'm absolutely CASEing these! Love the stamped card-bases so much!
    =] Michele

  4. This is a beautiful butterfly stamp and each one is unique and beautiful! A gorgeous set of cards, Judy! So glad you shared them with us at ATCAS!

  5. Judy, these are stunning! Love the bright coloured card bases and the subtle background patterns and how it all lets your gorgeous butterflies take centre stage!

  6. These are so beautiful and what a fantastic gift set this would be for someone special. Really love all the different colours you used and that butterfly is precious. Gorgeous cards!!

  7. Wow, each one is so amazingly gorgeous. Your butterflies are stunning, and I like how you made each background different as well. This card set is incredible and a true labor of love.

  8. Oh my goodness, Judy! You have really outdone yourself with all of these beautiful cards! You did an amazing job water coloring each one, and I love how you chose different, yet subtle backgrounds! This is a really lovely card set!

  9. Oh my goodness! what a pretty collection. I love those watercolor butterflies :) Thank you for sharing with ATCAS!

  10. I LOVE this set of cards! Your butterflies are absolutely GORGEOUS and so bright and cheerful! FAB set!

  11. JUDY! I'm sorry I've been so busy that I'm only seeing this now. So happy that my card inspired you to create a gorgeous set of beauties! I love how you colored your butterflies--now I'm inspired to try that technique! Thanks again for the shout out and for your kind words! Hugs to you!

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