I adore the romanticism of this beautiful butterfly and flowers. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

I love the collaboration between Simon Says Stamp and Tim Holtz. Tim’s stunning artwork and Simon’s dies are a perfect pairing. Simon’s recent Be Bold release includes two new stamp and die bundles: Botanical Collage and Watercolor, which I used on this card. This blog post is also part of a blog hop to celebrate the new Be Bold release; please scroll down for more information.

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i adore the romantiscism of these beautiful butterfly and flowers!

I adore the romanticism of this beautiful butterfly and flowers. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

I started with a butterfly from the Watercolor bundle. In Arches cold-pressed watercolour card, I used a combination of Distress Mini ink pads: Antique Linen, Iced Spruce, Walnut Stain and Black Soot

I adore the romanticism of this beautiful butterfly and flowers. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

I inked the whole butterfly with Antique Linen first to give a warm base of colour and to ensure I had full coverage in case I missed any areas with the other ink pads. The small size of the pads makes them ideal for selectively adding colour to the stamp. I added Iced Spruce over the central area of the wings and then tipped them in Walnut Stain before finishing off with a bit of Black Soot for the body. I then spritzed the stamp lightly before pressing down on the watercolour card. I left the stamp in place for a moment before lifting it to reveal a butterfly with a watercoloured look. 

I adore the romanticism of this beautiful butterfly and flowers. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

I love this technique and experimented with one spritz of water, two spritzes, first-generation stamped image, and second-generation. I loved them all! However, this first-generation impression with just one spritz of water was my favourite. I die cut with the matching die and then set aside while I worked on the background panel. 

I adore the romanticism of this beautiful butterfly and flowers. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

For the backgtround, I took two pieces of Arches cold-pressed watercolour card. On each I stamped one of the Botanical Collage bundle images. I used the same technique as the butterfly, adding ink to the stamp before spritzing with water and then stamping onto the card. On one of the images I lined up the matching die and cut out the flower. I aligned this die cut over the second image and added with foam tape.

I adore the romanticism of this beautiful butterfly and flowers. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

Lifting the die cuts allows these stunning illustrations to shine. It would be all too easy with an intricate stamp such as this when used with the faux watercolour technique for it all to blend and merge together. However, that little bit of dimesion delineates the flower from the text perfectly. 

I adore the romanticism of this beautiful butterfly and flowers. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

Here you can see how I added the butterfly with more foam tape over the flower stem. I added a single piece of foam tape behind the body and then three layers of tape behind the wings to really make them pop.

I adore the romanticism of this beautiful butterfly and flowers. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

I added a greeting to the butterfly from fhe Wild & Free Flowers set. I stamped in clear embossing ink on a black piece of card and white heat embossed before trimming to a skinny banner and adding with more foam tape. 

To finish the card, I lightly rubbed Antique Linen and Walnut Stain around the edges of the panel. Oh, and I had cut that with my new favourite, the A2 Nesting Frames dies. The dies cut a frame, but the largest die, once the frame is taken away the remaining panel is the perfect size for matting onto an A2 card. This one I cut and scored from Neenah Desert Storm card. 

Back to the finishing touches. I added stitching to the sides of the panel and then splattered with white gouache and gold paint. A few pearls and I called it done.

more inspiration

A stunningly simple flower stem is all you need this spring! Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

Here’s another card I made with products from the new Be Bold release. This uses the Wild & Free Flowers set, The Airy Greetings stamp and die set and A2 Nesting Frames dies. You can find the original post for this card here.

blog hop

As mentioned above, this post is part of a blog hop to celebrate the Be Bold release from Simon Says Stamp.  Hopefully, you’ve arrived here from Amy’s blog, but if not, Simon’s blog is an excellent place to start.

  • Simon is giving away a $25 coupon from comments left on each hop stop. Winners will be announced on the Simon blog on Wednesday, 27th March.
  • Get $7 off a purchase of $40 or more by using code GREEN at checkout! This offer is valid until 24 March at 11:59 ET.

Now, it is time to hop on over to  Emily’s blog. Here’s the complete hop list to keep you on track.

Simon Says Stamp Blog 

Caly Person

Nichol Spohr

Laura Bassen

Amy Rysavy

Debby Hughes

Emily Midgett

Mindy Eggen

Lisa Addesa

Yana Smakula

Alberto Gava

Sandi MacIver

Jessica Vasher

Karin Åkesdotter

Lea Lawson

Seeka

supplies

You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or shop icon to get taken directly to the product. Where available, I use compensated affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you! A store or the manufacturer provides items marked with an asterisk (*). You can read my affiliate and product disclosure here. I genuinely appreciate your support.

* SSS + Tim Holtz Watercolor Bundle Set
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* Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps...
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* SSS + Tim Holtz Botanic Collage...
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* Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps...
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* SSS A2 Nesting Frames Wafer Dies
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* SSS Wild And Free Flowers
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad...
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad ICED...
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad...
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad BLACK...
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White Gouache
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Finetec MICA WATERCOLOR PEARLESCENT...
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* SSS EMBOSSING POWDER WHITE Fine Detail
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* SSS Embossing Ink Pad CLEAR
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Tim Holtz DISTRESS SPRAYER
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* SSS Arches Cold Pressed Watercolour...
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* SSS Black Card
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* SSS Blending Brush SET LARGE
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misti at Simon Says STAMP!
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Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT
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Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 9x12 Mat
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Tim Holtz Tonic GUILLOTINE
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METAL EDGE ACRYLIC RULER
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Crafter's Companion CRAFT KNIFE
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T SQUARE RULER
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Scor-Pal Mini Scoring Board
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SSS SMALL TEFLON BONE FOLDER
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* SSS FINE DETAIL SCISSORS
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TWEEZERS
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3M DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE
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Gina K Designs CONNECT GLUE
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun
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* SSS Brush Powder Tool
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Crafter's Companion GEMINI JUNIOR...
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