Watermelon Time with a Butterfly

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Here is  another card that has been in the works for a bit. Which means, the image had been colored and then decisions had to be made as to how to make a card. Thought this Stampavie scene with the little girl enjoying her watermelon might fit in with the Butterfly Challenge theme  of a summer theme + a butterfly. In Southern USA, nothing says summer like eating watermelon...

- Clear Stampavie's "Love Nature" stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on Copic Xpress paper, then colored with Copics, spica pens - with dashes of WoS for glimmer. The hardest part of this image to color was her hair, and the highlights & shading don't show well in the photo.

- pearlized green paper die cut with appropriate size circle die, then embossed with an EF. Appropriately sized circle dies cut the red check frame behind the green.

- Butterfly is from Vertigo (see further in this post). Die cut with MB butterfly (think it was the solid Darla). Wasn't sure how this plastic product would work with the wafer dies, so chose a solid die and didn't try to use an overlay. Sponged on Fluid Chalk inks with a finger dauber. A sentiment will be added at a later time when the card is needed.

Here's a picture of the Vertigo packages that I ordered:

Had seen this video  showing the Tsukineko product, and then had a chance to order some at a sale price. These 6x6 packages have 3 sheets each.It's a lovely light reflective plastic like material, and the video recommends using  a steel rule die (like Bigz or Tim Holt type of die). I wanted a small butterfly, so used a Memory Box solid butterfly wafer die. The sandwich was rolled back and forth several times; it did cut better than I expected. The video shows a different ink from what I have available, so used Colorbox Fluid Chalks in light colors. The video states there is a rough & smooth side,  but  I couldn't remember which surface to use for the inking, so did both sides. (it's easy to see which is the rough). Tried to shape with a stylus tool which didn't seem to work too well for me. Butterfly wings embossed with an EF. Since the right side package was used for the butterfly there was a pretty sheen, but no texture. Not sure if the photo shows this texture, but it's visible IRL.  The glue adhering the insect body to the wings took a while to dry & adhere well.  Afterwards, I wasn't totally keen on the pink & blue with the card colors, but it was an experiment, and I decided to use it anyway.
- Checked dp from a 6x6 American Crafts Autumn Crisp pack. Red & white checks just go with watermelon! [think picnic tables :-) ]. Hope you enjoy this one.
This afternoon I'm off to a Silhouette class for Dummies 102. I had 101 some while ago, and haven't used the Silhouette since the class. I hope they don't kick me out!!! I will try to catch up with all you lovely folks much later this evening.
Ya'll have a great day, and thanks for the visit. Hugs


  1. What a pretty card and sweet image, Mary. I don't think I've tasted watermelon this summer. What kind of Southern am I? :-) But, I do love it.

    Your butterfly is really pretty and the dry embossing is, too. Love the checked paper.

  2. Hi Mary,
    what a very beautiful card.
    Your image is coloured so perfectly.
    Love your design, and the gingham around the image.
    Hope all is well with you.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  3. I would have never thought to add the gingham with that card base and yet it works perfectly! SO cute and I do love that image. The butterfly with that plastic is a perfect addition and love the dabbing with the chalk on it.
    Very pretty!

  4. This is so beautiful, Mary!! I love the image!! You colored it perfectly!! The red checkered paper behind it is fabulous!! And what a gorgeous butterfly!! Love the embossing, too!! Have a great day :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. What a fresh summer design Mary! Love the tablecloth dp really gives the summer feel. Wish I could be with you for that Silhouette 101 - Got one for Christmas and it's still in the box!

  6. How perfect Mary, I had a lovely piece of watermelon after my lunch today!! Your card is the perfect watermelon colour and that is such a sweet image xx

  7. The embossing on the card base is beautiful and I really love the image which you have coloured beautifully. Hope the classes goes well! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Fabulous image and a great card, could just eat some watermelon.

    Kath x

  9. You are always up on the latest products for crafting, and I'd never heard of Vertigo until this post! It looks like fun stuff to work with, and your card is really perfect for the challenge! I love that gingham inner circle with all that pretty embossing too!

  10. This is a really sweet Stampavie image Mary, and certainly very summery. I love that green embossed layer and the pretty red gingham which goes perfectly. I thought at first the butterfly was made from parchment but obviously the colouring gives it that look. What a great idea to emboss it too. x

  11. I like this image. Watermelons mean Summer in Spain too. The embossing folder goes well with the theme too. i agree that colouring hair is the hardest part, but your image is coloured just great. The material you have used for the butterfly looks interesting.
    I also like the first Summer butterfly card in your previous post. Both the stamp and die cut frame are lovely. Kate x

  12. I am always impressed that you color images and then put them away until you find the perfect way to use them. The colors and embossing are so striking. The butterfly and that precious gingham DP highlight the sweet little girl so well. This is one dazzling card, Mary.

  13. Super cute card Mary just love the green embossed card base with the cut out window and the checked paper so in for the summer. You digi she sure is enjoying the watermelon patch :) Super cute butterfly too

  14. Awww Summertime at its finest! Love it! Thank you for sharing this with us on Mrs. A's butterfly Challenge! (Hugs) Cara

  15. Love the embossing on this one Mary. This image is true to summer here in the north as well, at least in my generation. Beautiful coloring. The butterfly is perfect for this card. - Jim

  16. Oh I am so loving this card Momma Mary! First off I love that little image of the girl eating her watermelon. It is so sweet, just like watermelon. lol I'm not a southern gal anymore, but I sure do love my watermelon and eat my share of them in the summer. I think I've eaten 4 or 5 of them this summer and no the rest of the family doesn't eat them. lol Just me! Secondly I agree with you, watermelon and red/white checks just go together. Love the embossing on the card base and I love the butterfly. You have colored this little lovely so pretty and I swear those watermelon look real and good enough to eat. lol Now what this I read?! You are off to a Silhouette class 102? Awesome!!! You learn and then you can teach me. lol Hugs, Brenda

  17. What a sweet card Mary - and I do like the butterfly - it's gorgeous, well worth the effort.

  18. Great card!
    REally like the embossing folder you used, and the gingham just adds to it!

  19. Pretty cute card with a sweet image :)

  20. I love the EF, I love the new stuff your using , love the gingham insert and above all love the colours on your butterfly. Hope you had a fab time with your silhouette class. Thankyou for fluttering by with this lovely scene. Watermelon is about the only fruit I can eat that doesn't affect my system. Hugs Mrs a. (Butterfly challenge).

  21. Yummy! Perfect colors for a watermelon card and so well done. Let me know about your fancy cutting machine class!
    Sandy xx

  22. This is so pretty, Mary! Thank you for the information on the Vertigo product! I hope your class goes well! Hugs, Darnell

  23. This is an adorable scene and the pink checks and embossed green finish it off perfectly! Love that embossing folder!

  24. Love the very summery image,great embossing and love the gingham circle which as you say says picnic
    carol x

  25. hello : the embossed areas are so nice, thanks for the link to the video and yes I was intrigued myself for this paper...I saw it in their catalog but wasn't sure and it is not cheap either, but it looks very pretty. and your class is at your local store?
    my followers button is on the side..I have it in 3 places, with small round icons, with e-mail and with list of fishtails...
    thanks for the interest

  26. Love your wee lady having a watermelon typically summertime...even the gingham tablecloth!
    Perfect for Mrs A's challenge.

    Thanks for understanding about the rut my card making can get into.

    I have some cards made from some new ideas...just need to write the posts. Some are CAS...very difficult for me as I fret over if they are "done". Some are inky and some may even sport a bit of spray!!! Ovr stencils...well...over the 2 stencils I won! lol

    Some are a wee bit different fold and some are just different colour combos and using more embossing folders.

    So changes is as good as a they say!

  27. Me again...yes the golf card has numbered circle paper as I thought it suggested golf scores.

  28. This is a 'melt in your mouth crunchy watermellon' card...oh can't wait for our summer and watermellon...gorgeous image coloured beautifully. Love your embossing folder and of course the butterfly. My favorite part of nature....xxThe Journey is the Start

  29. I am just using my silhouette at the moment and love enjoy your lessons, so much to
    The Journey is the Start

  30. Hi Mary, Loving the card. I often forget I have my Cuttlebug and only after the card is made do I think, oh I could have used such and such:)

    Hope you enjoyed your Silhouette Class.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming my newest Follower.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue 25

  31. This is gorgeous sorry I've been a bad blogger but pooch has been really ill and I've also got family staying so I'm playing catch up huggles Sue xxxxxxxxxxxx

  32. So cute and totally adorable card Mary love the image also the fabulous colour of green the embossing really shows up so well.
    lorraine x

  33. This is so sweet, we will be doing that soon, summer is on its way. xxx

  34. Love your embossing and gingham mix and such a cutie image too

  35. Perfect summer card! Very nicely done! Thanks for sharing about Vertigo...first time I heard about it. Started watching the video...but it's getting late where I live so It's bookmarked for later...looks interesting but it's a LONG


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