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Butterfly Background Pattern

Butterfly Background

Hi All!

Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend. I know I’m kind of jumping the gun on the challenge for April, but I had an idea for this card and really wanted to use the Papillon Potpourri set.

I used one of the dies from the Simon Says Stamp Frames set to highlight the main butterfly. I used a butterfly that had a more consistent pattern for the background so it wouldn’t be too distracting. Here is a close-up of the main butterfly:

Butterfly Background

I forgot to mention in the video that the sentiment came from the Altenew You Are set. Enjoy!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Zig Watercolor markers used: Blue, Cobalt Blue, Mid Gray

Papillon Potpourri
Papillon Potpourri
Stampin' Up! Elegant Butterfly Punch
Large Butterfly Punch
Altenew You Are
Altenew You Are
Frame Dies
Frame Dies
Kuretake Zig Markers
Kuretake Zig Markers
Copic Sketch 110 Marker
Copic Sketch 110 Marker
Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate Ink
Smoky Slate Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Copic .05 Liner
Copic .05 Liner
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Stampin' Up! Whisper White Thick Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Thick White
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
T-Square Rules
T-Square Ruler
Sanding Block
Sanding Block
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Stampin' Up! Mini Glue Dots
Mini Glue Dots
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on March 30th, 2016 at 7:15 am


    Hi Darlene, I’m so glad you used Papillon Potpourri again to make this lovely card. I love this stamp set. It is one of Stampin Up’s best ones. And the punch is great too. I’m currently on a Zig Watercolor Marker tangent. I only bought the 12 originally to see how I liked them but have now bought another 12 single ones. I think these 24 will give me a lot of possibilities for a while.

    • wrote on March 30th, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Darlene DeVries

      Stay tuned for Friday’s video… Zig + butterflies. 🙂

  2. wrote on March 30th, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Jennifer Stark

    Thanks for using Stampin Up supplies. You always give a fresh take on every card you make!!! I think you’re wonderful!!!!!!!!!!,

  3. wrote on March 30th, 2016 at 1:26 pm


    Oh boy! I have this stamp set and the punch…will certainly try this one…love your technique..thank you so much Darlene!

  4. wrote on March 30th, 2016 at 2:00 pm


    A beautiful card to CASE! Thanks again.

  5. wrote on March 30th, 2016 at 2:06 pm


    Love this card! I am also very interested in the Kuretake markers. Only I have so many markers…

  6. wrote on March 30th, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Lesley S

    The butterfly stamp makes an interesting background, and I love this Altenew sentiment set. I’m so glad I got it! Thanks for another great card idea.

  7. wrote on March 30th, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Carol Mac

    Wow…didn’t even see the butterfly background until I watched the video! I love this set and now I have another card to case with it! What a great idea! Wonder what it would look like with soft sky or pink pirouette stamped off. Thanks Darlene!

  8. wrote on March 30th, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Brenda L.

    This is a beautiful card Darlene. I love how your butterfly background came out as well as the focal butterfly. I am enjoying seeing you use the Zigs as well as I’m not very great with them. lol Hugs, Brenda

  9. wrote on March 30th, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Carol B

    Beautiful card, love the background butterflies pattern, a must CASE card.

  10. wrote on March 30th, 2016 at 7:09 pm


    Love your CAS card, Darlene! The neutral background gives just enough interest, but really makes the focal butterfly pop. I was wondering why you used the Neenah cardstock for your panel, when you used a Stampin’ Up ink? I know you’ve said that the Stampin’ Up cardstock is best with their inks. It still turned out great–really more just my curiosity. 🙂 Looking forward to Friday’s card!!! ~ Andrea

    • wrote on March 31st, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      I should have, but I forgot. The stamping is so light it probably isn’t too much of a difference.

  11. wrote on March 30th, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Diana Trout

    Ah! It’s the symmetrical butterfly shape that made that background work. So smart, Darlene! I didn’t see the butterflies at all

  12. wrote on March 30th, 2016 at 7:50 pm


    So pretty and creative!! I will be getting out my SU! set to create a card like this! Thanks for the wonderful ideas! Julie

  13. wrote on March 30th, 2016 at 11:43 pm


    A beautiful card to try as I have all the supplies on hand! : ) Thanks Darlene!

  14. wrote on March 31st, 2016 at 5:10 am


    Darlene, this set is on of SU best and I’m so happy it still around for others to enjoy. The punches are fabulous too, they do cut the images perfectly.
    And your card is beautiful, I love how you created this fabulous background with this stamp, I’ve never used this stamps this way so, thank you for the inspiration.

  15. wrote on March 31st, 2016 at 7:47 am


    Just got back from my cruise. It was amazing. Now I have so much to catch up on LLC. Love that idea for a background and the finished card.

  16. wrote on March 31st, 2016 at 12:45 pm


    Beautiful! I didn’t noticed the butterfly background either. Looking forward to more butterflies and Zig tomorrow!

  17. wrote on April 1st, 2016 at 12:25 pm


    I love, love, love your backgroud!! Enter applause here

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