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.

Blog Hop

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

264 thoughts on “Butterfly Background

  1. Beautiful card! I love the trellis and the soft colors of the butterflies! The twine finishes the card off nicely!

  2. The butterflies are soft looking on the vellum they melt right into the beautiful trellis looking background. So pretty.

  3. Your butterfly card is a stunner, Clare! Those vellum butterflies look so beautiful on that trellis! Thanks for sharing your awesome creativity with us! Happy 45th Anniversary, Hero Arts….sure do love the list of amazing prizes!!

  4. Your card is just beautiful. I will have to check back and see if you make a card with that little peeking bear. Such a cute stamp set.
    This has been such a great celebration for Hero Arts…and they deserve it for sure. Thank you so much for being on this journey. So much talent. Thanks.

  5. The vellum butterflies on the lattice
    work are wonderful. I’m a
    procrastinator so I’d probably be
    photographing the night before
    also. Beautiful card.
    thanks for sharing

  6. I never would have guessed you hurried to make this card. It turned out beautifully! I love the vellum butterflies. They look delicate like real butterflies.

  7. Beautiful card. Love the soft colors, the trellis and especially those vellum butterflies. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  8. Beautiful! I love the soft colors and gorgeous sparkle on the vellum butterflies. I can just imagine the lucky recipient of this card being completely wowed when they open it.

  9. Love it! And the tag with the sentiment hanging off just takes the cake! So cool!!
    A big congrats to Hero Arts for 45 amazing years in the biz! Thanks for all the inspiration 🙂

  10. Pretty card! Great idea to stamp the 2 butterflies at the same time and tape the dies together, that saves a lot of time.

  11. Hi Clare 🙂 Your card is soooooo ethereal I’m surprised it hasn’t lifted right off the page!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. What a soft, delicate card. I love the butterflies in vellum – thanks for the tip about using Multi matte Medium for the adhesive.

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