This time of year is always so pretty with the flowers beginning to blossom. If you follow me on Instagram (@mackenziemakes) you may have seen some photos of my oldest daughter drawing the flowers in our front yard in her nature journal. Every time we leave the house and come back she wants to see them and count how many are open. You may have also seen a sneak peek on Instagram of the cards I’m about to share here. The beautiful spring colors found in the Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper inspired the design and 5-sheet wonder concept.
The template for this card set is called 5-Sheet Wonder Template in my Make With Me Library (sign up here for your free access). This template will make 12 cards from 5 sheets of 6″ x 6″ DSP. If you cut down a sheet of 12″ x 12″ DSP to get four 6″ x 6″ pieces, you could make 10 cards in a similar fashion.
This set of cards uses Thick Whisper White cardstock for the card bases. Grapefruit Grove, Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Balmy Blue, and Highland Heather cardstock is used for layering under the matching DSP colors. The butterflies and sentiments are stamped on regular Whisper White cardstock. All five color patterns are from the Gingham Gala 6″ x 6″ DSP pack. The stamped images are from the Butterfly Gala stamp set and stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and then colored with the matching DSP color ink.
Butterfly Stamping Tip
Before we get to the card instructions, I want to share how to stamp and color the butterflies. In the Butterfly Gala stamp set each big butterfly stamp in connected to the matching little butterfly. This makes it easy to stamp the two sizes of butterflies and punch the pair out with the coordinating Butterfly Duet Punch without having to line up separate images to match the punch.
Using the Tuxedo Black Memento ink, stamp a butterfly image 5 times on Whisper White cardstock (reink each time). To color the first pair of butterflies, stamp the solid bottom wing section with Grapefruit Grove ink to the matching butterfly. With the solid top wing section, ink the stamp and stamp off on some scrap paper (our grid paper is great for this), then stamp on the matching butterfly (without reinking).
This process gives the two-tone color look on the butterfly – darker on the bottom and lighter on the top. Repeat this process on all the butterflies with Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist, Balmy Blue, and Highland Heather inks. Then use the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to add some sparkle to the butterflies before punching them out with the Butterfly Duet Punch.
Cut a 5-1/8″ x 3-7/8″ piece of colored cardstock and layer under the matching color DSP piece #1. Add this piece to the card base. Punch out a 2″ circle from Whisper White cardstock. Stamp the sentiment towards the bottom of the circle. Add the matching color big butterfly towards the top left of the circle with glue dots. Adhere this piece to the lower right corner of the card with Dimensionals. Repeat for each color.
Cut a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of colored cardstock. Layer the matching color DSP piece #2 on the cardstock so it is flush to the top edge. Wrap 18″ of Whisper White Baker’s Twine around this piece and tie in a bow on the right side. Add this piece to the card base. Stamp the sentiment on a 1″ x 2-1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock. Add this over the twine on the left side with Dimensionals. Repeat for each color.
For this card, all five #3 DSP pieces will be used on a single card. Start with the Lemon Lime Twist DSP strip and adhere to the center of the card. Add the Daffodil Delight DSP strip just above, and Grapefruit Grove just above that. Add the Balmy Blue DSP strip just below the Lemon Lime Twist strip, and Highland Heather just below that. Stamp the sentiment on a 1/2″ x 3″ strip of Whisper White cardstock. Add to the card with Dimensionals on the right edge where the Lemon Lime Twist and Daffodil Delight pieces meet. Add the small butterflies to the matching color strips using glue dots.
For this card, all five #4 DSP pieces will be used on a single card. Using a 1/2″ x 4″ strip of Whisper White cardstock, add some SNAIL adhesive all the way across the front. Stick the DSP pieces along the strip at slight angles. Turn this piece over and add Dimensionals to the back to help hold the pieces together and to adhere it to the card. Stamp the sentiment on a 1/2″ wide strip and banner cut the ends. Add this to the center of the DSP piece with Dimensionals. Using the Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins pack, add the matching color flower sequin to each DSP color piece.
The colors in the Gingham Gala DSP pack really pop off of the crisp white card base. They are the perfect colors for sending cards in the spring. But don’t let that stop you. Switch up the DSP to make a variety of beautiful cards for any occasion. Just keep in mind, this particular template works best when the orientation of the DSP pattern doesn’t matter (meaning after you cut the DSP, if you turn a piece sideways the pattern still looks fine).
If you share the cards you make with my One Sheet Wonder templates on social media, please tag me (@mackenziemakes) and use #makewithDSP so I can see what you are making.
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