Butterfly Background


Hey there! Today I’m joining a lot of talented artists to celebrate Hero Arts newest catalog and 45 years in the business! That’s almost twice as old as I am, so I think that’s pretty amazing. 😉

I wanted to show you my first ever Hero Arts stamp, a stamp I used when I was probably around seven or eight years old (and obviously had no clue who or what Hero Arts was), buuuuuuuut, my mom just got rid of the old stamp bucket, so you’ll just have to take my word for it when I tell you it was the little peeking bear in THIS new stamp set.

I had plans to actually make a project with that little guy, but I’ll be honest, I haven’t been a very good Manager of Time these past few weeks. So when I got home from work today (the day before this hop) and knew I needed to whip up a card STAT, I went with an old tried-and-true image – butterflies.

It’s funny, I went through a hardcore butterfly phase in my early ‘card making days’, but they’ve since been sadly neglected – until today! Today I’m sharing a card using some butterflies from the old-but-new stamp set From the Vault Bugs.

CARD DEETS – Butterfly Background

Let me preface this by saying this card was darn hard to photograph, but it’s darn pretty in real life. It’s got sparkles, butterflies, vellum – all nice things, but hard to photograph, especially when you’re a terrible Manager of Time and so have to take pictures with artificial light the night before.


I started by stamping the butterflies on vellum, using Rose Madder, Bubble Gum, Cotton Candy, Soft Pink, Soft Vanilla, Soft Yellow,  Mint Julep, Tide Pool and Aegean. I then heat embossed them with my all-time favorite – you know it – clear sparkle embossing powder, and then die-cut them.

To make the stamping and die-cutting of the butterflies a little quicker, I put the small and large butterfly on the same block for stamping. Then when I went to die-cut them, since the butterfly duo was in the exact same placement in every color, I just taped the two dies together and cut them out by the pair.

I die-cut the Bold Graphic Confetti die from white cardstock and adhered it to the new Pebble cardstock, and then topped with trellis with all the butterflies.

Can you see the adhesive behind the butterflies? I think not. It’s Multi Matte Medium, and the best part is (aside from not being able to see the adhesive behind the vellum) that those suckers are STUCK on that card.

Finally, I stamped and heat embossing the sentiment in white on black cardstock, die-cut it with the Tag Infinity dies and topped it off with a little bit of twine.

Thanks so much for stopping in today!


To celebrate the big milestone, Hero Arts has gathered some fabulous prizes from our industry friends and partners for this hop;

Winners will be drawn from people who leave comments along the blog hop over the three days – comment all three days for more chances to win! Comment by Sunday, June 2 at 11:59pm PST, and the winners will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

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For buckets of inspiration and a chance to win one of the gazillion prizes, leave comments along the hop! You should have arrived from the sweet Cheiron Brandon, and your next stop is the lovely Donna Mikasa. For the full list, visit the Hero Arts blog.


Cardstock: Hero Arts Pebble and vellum, Neenah White
Stamps: Hero Arts From the Vault Bugs
Ink: Hero Arts Rose Madder, Bubble Gum, Cotton Candy, Soft Pink, Soft Vanilla, Soft Yellow,  Mint Julep, Tide Pool and Aegean; Versamark
Other: twine (stash); Hero Arts white and clear sparkle embossing powder

Tools: Cuttlebug, Hero Arts Tag Infinity, Bold Graphic Confetti and From the Vault Bugs dies

265 thoughts on “Butterfly Background

  1. Life does get in the way of best laid plans sometimes, doesn’t it? I really like the soft ethereal look of your card. So pretty! Thanks.

  2. I wish I could see that real life card! The photos are tempting me to pull out my butterfly stamps….so pretty! Congratulations Hero Arts on 45 wonderful years! Here’s to many, many more!

  3. If this is what you can do when not managing your time then when having the time your cards must be AWESOME! love it its beautiful.

  4. So many beautiful cards. Thank you for sharing. Hero Arts has come up with some wonderful background dies this time.

  5. What a creative card design! I love it! The use of the cutout background and soft colored butterflies is so pretty!

  6. Butterflies are my go-to for a lot of my cards, so this card is a winner for me, Clare! Love the soft colors on the vellum and the trellis background is amazing.

  7. I’m such a fan of butterflies, and the sparkle is gorgeous on this card. Thanks for sharing your talents!

  8. Absolutely lovely and charming! Sucker for butterfly anything lol. Love the trellis type background with them! Thank you for sharing!

  9. I always love seeing what new goodies Hero Arts has come up with. Thanks for sharing these wonderful stamping ideas.

    Carol B

  10. Hi Clare. What an intricate and detailed card! It’s so soft and pretty. I totally get what you mean about trying to get a good photo of it AND I love that you used clear sparkling embossing powder – It’s my favourite too. In answer to your question about the adhesive behind the butterflies, no I did not notice it 🙂

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