Change is beautiful by Guest Designer Tiffany

Change is beautiful by Guest Designer Tiffany

Hi everyone! Tiffany here. I'm so excited to share my first guest design for the Crafty Meraki blog! Today, I am featuring the beautiful Fluttering Feathers background stamp, illustrated by Alex Syberia, from this week's release.

Before starting my card, I conditioned my background stamp. It is really important to scuff it up a bit and remove any residue left over from the manufacturing process. This will allow ink to stick much better.

Pro tip: To condition your stamps, rub Versamark ink (or any clear, sticky embossing ink) over the stamp and wipe with a soft cloth. You can also rub an eraser over the stamp and wipe it off.

Background and card front. Once conditioned, I stamped the background stamp 3 times with copic marker-friendly, black ink on an A2 sized panel on heavyweight, white cardstock. After the ink dried, I colored seven butterflies along the right side of the panel (see copic colors below), added shimmer to each colored butterfly, and set the panel aside. I cut down this panel about 1/8 inch from each side to allow for a border.

On another piece of heavyweight, white cardstock, I stamped the background 2 more times with copic marker-friendly, black ink. I only inked the right side of the stamp making sure my paper was large enough to stamp the entire butterfly image. I colored the same seven butterflies along the right side of the panel in the same way as the first panel. I left my stamp in place in my stamp positioning tool because after coloring, I heat embossed the butterflies in black. Lastly, I fussy cut the seven butterflies and adhered them in the correct spot on top of my panel with foam tape. Most butterflies were adhered with a single layer of foam tape, and one was adhered with a double layer for extra interest and dimension. I slightly folded each butterfly's wings to reveal the color and sparkle underneath.

Design option: You can adapt this design to be a one layer card by simply stamping the first panel (as described above) in copic marker-friendly, black ink, and coloring the butterflies. You could skip stamping on a second panel and fussy cutting the dimensional butterflies.




Butterfly colors:

  • Red: R29, R27, R24, R05
  • Orange: YR18, YR68, YR16, YR12
  • Yellow: Y18, Y15, Y13, Y02
  • Green: G07, G05, G03, YG13
  • Blue: B24, B04, B02, B01
  • Purple: V05, V04, V000
  • Pink: RV29, RV25, RV23, RV10
  • Body: W8, W6, W4

Sentiment and final touches. After my card front was completed, I stamped one of the many beautiful sentiments that comes with this stamp set in embossing ink and heat embossed on a thin strip of black cardstock. Many of the sentiments are very fine, so make sure to apply light even pressure for the best impression. I finished my design with a few white gel pen details on the butterfly wings and added the card front to an A2 side-folding card base.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope you were inspired to try this new product from Crafty Meraki. Be sure to check the blog often as I will be back with more inspiration each week. Happy crafting!

IG: @ink.therapy.designs


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Absolutely gorgeous! That double layer of colored butterflies is such a fab design concept! Easy to follow along with your tutorial as well. Thanks for sharing!



This is so beautiful Tiffany!!! I love all the dimension you created. Great blog post.

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