Thursday, June 14, 2012

Papaya Collage Thinking of You

I finally had a chance to use the new Papaya Collage set.  I think it is so elegant and vintage and I used it to make a "Thinking of You" card for someone that is going through a very difficult time right now. 

I think a hand crafted card makes you really think of the person you are doing the card for and people appreciate a hand crafted card because of the personal thoughts behind it.

Stamps: Papaya Collage (c – 126612, $28.95 w – 126610, $38.95 p. 75 2012-2013 IB&C), Tiny Tags (c – 118592 $20.95 w – 118091, $27.95 p. 124 2012-2013 IB&C)
Paper: Naturals White, Pool Party, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Comfort Café DSP
Ink: Soft Suede, Summer Starfruit, Cajun Craze
Accessories: Big Shot, Apothecary Accent Framelit Dies, Elegant Lines Emboss Folder, Vintage Brad, Tiny Tag Punch, Rounded Corner Punch, Midnight Muse, Pool Party and Soft Suede Markers, Crochet Lace, Linen Thread

I used a couple of techniques for this card.
  • Masking - The frame was stamped with the Soft Suede and then stamped again on a scrap of paper and the inside of the frame cut out.  Apply the mask over the stamped frame and then you are able to stamp the flowers and leaves inside the frame.
TIP - save your mask with the stamp set and then you can find it again when you want to use it.

  • The butterflies stamp was coloured with the markers.  First the Pool Party marker was applied and then the Midnight Muse marker was thumbed on the stamp, particular on the outside of the stamp.  This gives your image a two-toned effect. 

TIP - Don't forget to give your inked stamp the "Breath of Life" before stamping on your card stock. This will help the ink to be moist when you stamp.

  • Finally, I made paper beads for the bodies of the butterflies.  Measure the width that you need your finished bead to be.  Cut a strip of paper - again decide how thick the bead will be.  That will determine the length of the paper.  Now cut the strip of paper into a "V" and apply adhesive to the middle of the strip.  Do not apply glue to the top of the "V".  Using a toothpick or your paper piercer, start rolling the strip from the top of the "V".  For a glossy effect apply Crystal Effects and hang your bead supported by the two ends of the toothpick.  
Hope you enjoyed this techniques and tips.

Special Announcement

Coming very soon,  an announcement on my blog of a new program that I am starting.  It will be of interest to those who have little time to craft or want to get started crafting.  If you live in small town Canada and don't have access to a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, this will be for you.

Until next time.



  1. What a beautiful card Karen.I love the contrast between the butterflies and the fern in particular.The colours sing! YOur technique on the butterflies is terrific.

  2. Beautiful card! Love how the touch of red/burgundy makes the image pop!

  3. This is just beautiful!! I will be featuring this card on My Crafty Picks #68 with a link back to your blog on 6-17-12. Make sure to stop by to check out all the picks and to pick up your blog badge to display on your blog for being featured!!

    If you wish to decline please email me by responding to this comment to let me know.

    Have a great day!!
    Tiffany Bauer

  4. HOw gorgeous!! There is so much going on with your card, it takes a moment to take it all in and it's breathtaking, Karen! x0x0

  5. Awesome work on this stunning beauty, Karen!!

  6. Beautiful. I love the idea of paper beads for the butterflies bodies.

  7. This is gorgeous Karen, love the butterflies.

  8. Karen what a beautiful card for your friend. Love the masking effect with the pretty, and the butterfly body is fab.
    Love your new tip sections. Very helpful. hugs


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