The Ever-Enduring Butterfly Basics

Stampin Up Butterfly Basics Birthday Card Idea - Rosanne Mulhern

Are there sets that you never tire of?  It’s hard to maintain absolute favorites with the introduction of new catalogs that are full of awesome new sets just waiting to push the older sets aside, even though they are still current.  I have a few of these sets that have been around for a few catalog cycles now.  One of them is Butterfly Basics.  This set has everything I love…a great floral, foliage, butterflies, a couple of background stamps and some lovely sentiments in a beautiful font.  This is also one of the few sets that’s available in all three stamp styles…wood, clear and photopolymer.  So whatever your preference is this set can deliver.  It’s no wonder why I love this set and continue to use it!

Butterfly Basics - Images © Stampin' Up!

Here’s the details

  • The card base is Smoky Slate card stock.
  • Next I cut Whisper White card stock at 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and instead of using (wasting) a panel of Basic Black to mat it on, I cut two 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ strips and glued them to either side of the Whisper White panel.

Stampin Up Butterfly Basics Birthday Cards Ideas - Rosanne Mulhern

  • I stamped the floral image twice in Basic Black Archival ink and colored it with Stampin’ Write Markers, then fussy cut both images.
  • Before adhering the flowers to the card, I cut a 7/8″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Basic Black card stock and matted it with a pattern from the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper which was cut at 3/4″ x 4 1/4″.
  • 1/8″ Whisper White Sheer Ribbon adds a pretty detail.
  • Once I decided where to place this panel, I simply arranged the flowers and then glued the panel on top. This was enough to keep the flowers in place.
  • Since I didn’t want all the flowers glued flat to the card, I added mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to just the larger two flowers and left the smaller flowers floating.  This gives it a fuller 3D look.
  • The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black Archival ink.
  • Looking at the card, I felt it needed a little more pizzazz…so I added a few retired sequins that fit the color palette.  I think I should have only added three but there was no turning back after I adhered them.

Stampin Up Butterfly Basics Birthday Cards Idea - Rosanne Mulhern

  • The inside is simply stamped with another sentiment from Butterfly Basics along with the same floral image that was partially stamped in the corner.
  • A little Designer Series Paper and Powder Pink card stock on the envelope flap and this card is ready to go!

Stampin Up Butterfly Basics Birthday Card - Rosanne Mulhern

Hope you enjoyed this “old” favorite and if you have this set will think about giving it another go ’round.  I think it has so much life left in it!  If you don’t own this set, it’s definitely one that’s worth considering as there are so many wonderful samples on Pinterest.  If you would like to order this set, I’ve listed all three preferences on my product list below.

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  1. I love this sweet card, Rosanne, in those colors with the black/white DSP and bow. It’s so pretty. I agree about having classic sets that we don’t use much because of newer ones coming along. Thanks for the reminder what a showstopper this one is. I need to play with it soon. Have a great day!

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