Casually Crafting – Sketch

Welcome to our monthly Casually Crafting Blog Hop. This month our theme is based on a sketch… this time of the Stampin’ Up! year, to keep things current, my choice of stampset is restricted to those which are carrying forward into the new Annual Catalogue (new products available from 4th May). Fortunately Stampin’ Up! gave us an early release of the lovely Butterfly Brilliance stampset and dies, I have therefore used these for my projects.

Our blog hop focuses on a Casually Crafter, someone who may not yet have all the equipment. although probably will soon ;). Therefore my initial card offering is a stamped image, which I subsequently stepped up using the dies.

The backgrounds of these cards were created on Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper, by spritzing with water then dropping ink from refill bottles. In Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Granny Apple Green, plus Mango Melody and Poppy Parade. After which, whilst still damp Wink of Stella was flicked onto the coloured areas. More water was spritzed (or removed by tissue) as required. These were then dried with a heat gun (which also created a pretty flicked, or is it flecked effect).

I choose to stamp the butterflies in memento (although Stayzon my have produced a quicker clearer image), but to get a clear image I over stamped multiple times, for this the Stamparatus is an imperative piece of equipment (if you haven’t got one already, you should think about investing in one – there are so many techniques which will be opened up to you).

The sentiments are from Sweet Strawberry with the Double Oval Punch, on a scrap of Shimmery White.

The cards are layered on Granny Apple Green and Mango Melody on to a Basic Black card base. I made these into 5″ by 7″ cards, why cut off and waste the edges of the water colour card? (which are larger than A6 but smaller than A5).

The second card was created with die cut butterflies, who of course will own a die cutting macine, I use the new Mini Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machine as it can sit so easily on my small craft desk alongside my work area. Before I cut the butterflies I brushed Wink of Stella over Basic Black card… Hint: if it becomes more solid in areas spritzing with water helps move the ink (shimmer) around the card.

I love these two sets of colours together, they make beautiful butterfly colours.

Watercolouring Colours

I hope you enjoyed my projects. Please find below more projects from the Casually Crafting Design Team.

The Casually Crafting Design Team are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, who would like to share our projects with you. We love cards that are simple and easy to make with just a few products, these would ideally suit the casual crafter. We will be sharing our ideas on the 3rd Saturday of each month, you can hop around the group and gather loads of inspiration from the team.

Stampin’ Up! products used in my projects can be purchased by clicking ‘Online Shop’ in the menu or the sidebar banner to be taken to my online shop, where all current Stampin’ Up! products are available to purchase 24/7. If a project product supply list is provided, clicking on the product you are interested in will take you to that product in my online shop where it can be added to your shopping basket. Please select me as your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, if you haven’t already, by using the link provided in the product supply list or in the Menu / Sidebar.

Supply List for my Casually Crafter Sketch project #1 - Stamped Butterflies

Supply List for my Casually Crafter Sketch project #2 - Die Cut Butterflies

My Crafty Essentials

Thank-you for looking,


Casually Crafting Butterfly Brilliance

7 Responses

  1. I love how vibrant your cards are Hilary! Very clever use of the matting to reflect the sketch! 🙂

  2. Ann Alexander says:

    Lovely cards, really like that watercolour effect!

  3. Lola says:


  4. Katie Drew says:

    Very creative, a perfect background for the detailed butterflies😊

  5. Wowsers Hilary, these are stunning!!

  6. Sara Sayers says:

    Bright ans Beautiful cards Hilary Thanks for sharing x

  7. I’m such a sucker fro Butterfly Cards and this is a stunner Hilary.

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