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Wednesday’s Card: Postal Butterfly with Distress Inks

Postal Butterfly

Postal Butterfly

Hi All!

I had to use this butterfly set again. I just love, love butterflies on cards. Are you getting sick of it?

I used a new embossing folder I bought by Tim Holtz. When you add ink on top, the raised portion really takes on a darker color.

The black outline is actually free-hand coloring! When you dry emboss the outside edge of the Spellbinders, it makes it easy (well, easier) to color in the edges. I didn’t feel like messing with cutting black cardstock by hand – I figured coloring with a marker would be faster.

I colored the edges of of the butterfly wings with a Gelly Roll Stardust clear glitter pen (shout-out to Becky in Cincinnati, OH for reminding me that I had this pen!). It literally is like stardust!

I decided to go a different route with music this week – it’s just some royalty-free instrumental I found on the web. I was thinking that maybe the vocals in the songs I was using in combination with my voice-over made the video a little too… um.. crowded? Plus it’s hit-or-miss on the music rights and all that. It’s a little easier to do it this way. Anyway, hope you still like it. 🙂

Oh, one more thing – Lord, please have mercy on us in Dallas, TX with this 2-month heat wave!!! Amen.




  1. wrote on August 24th, 2011 at 8:07 am


    Nice! I likie…..I see the heat not bothering your creativity. We are super hot here in Guyana for the past weeks….and yesterday it poured! Today bright sunshine again!

  2. wrote on August 24th, 2011 at 8:17 am


    Darlene, this is lovely. I never get tired of that butterfly image. It is one of my favorites. I have yet to use any of the Spellbinders dies. Is a tutorial on how to use them available from you?

    Hope you get some cooler weather. The midwest got lots of rain today and it looks like the East coast is getting hit hard. Your butterfly is a ray of hope for us all!!

    Thanks so much for your wonderful creations.

  3. wrote on August 24th, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Brenda Urbanik

    Another beautiful card Darlene! I love the tip of creating that black border around the spellbinders die cut! My favourite butterfly again!

  4. wrote on August 24th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Tui Nathan

    Gorgeous card Darlene … I just love your videos, your style and your creativity!!!
    You totally inspire me … thank you!!!

  5. wrote on August 24th, 2011 at 9:23 am


    Hi Darlene,
    All I can say is WOW! Your work is lovely.

    We could use a bit of your heat here in beautiful British Columbia. The garden is not at it’s best this year. This is not a complaint, as I haven’t had to put the air on once. Living next to the ocean has it’s advantages, like a cool breeze in the afternoon.

    Once again keep on keepin on with your inspiring work..
    hugs and prayers,

  6. wrote on August 24th, 2011 at 10:37 am


    Thanks Darlene for sharing your beautiful butterfly card, I luv butterflies, so I never get tired of seeing them, that butterfly stamp is lovely. Thanks for the tips about the copic markers and the black border.

  7. wrote on August 24th, 2011 at 12:20 pm


    Lovely card!! Butterflies are one of my favorite things to stamp!! Although I do feel like I should only stamp them in the spring and summer! I guess that’s crazy, but there are other great things to stamp in the fall and winter… like my other big favorites leaves and snowflakes! LOL!! Now I have myself wondering which of these three I have the most stamps of… butterflies, leaves or snowflakes! Seems like I can’t stop buying any of those kinds of stamps. Add in flowers and that has to be my top four. I had some stamp reorganization in my plans for today so now I’ll also have to do some counting! LOL!!

  8. wrote on August 24th, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Eveline van Heijst

    I like butterflies so keep them coming.
    Great card.

  9. wrote on August 24th, 2011 at 1:16 pm


    I never tire of butterflies as they are a wonderful embellishment. Another beautiful card that anyone would adore.

  10. wrote on August 24th, 2011 at 5:18 pm


    Thank you Darlene for another Beautiful card and instructions. You make it look so easy.

  11. wrote on August 24th, 2011 at 6:50 pm


    Beautiful card! Caught my eye right away on SCS. Decided to check out your video and you did an exceptional presentation. Very clear instructions, video moves along quickly and you have a very pleasant voice.

  12. wrote on August 24th, 2011 at 8:41 pm


    Simply beautiful ~ as always . . .

  13. wrote on August 25th, 2011 at 10:19 am


    You do so much with so little. Wish I had your eye and talent. Sending good thoughts on the heat breaking for you.

  14. wrote on August 25th, 2011 at 11:43 am


    Bummer about the heat. We may get the tail end of Hurricane Irene up in New England at the start of next week. Gotta love the weather – cand really control it, can we?

    Love the card. I have lots of butterflies and love to stamp with them, too!

  15. wrote on August 26th, 2011 at 12:13 pm


    Darlene thank you for your lovely design and attention to detail.
    You’re awesome.
    I look forward to each new post and love it when I get an unexpected tutorial throughout the week.

  16. wrote on August 27th, 2011 at 4:27 pm


    Darlene, I’m not sure if I like you 😉 All your wonderful creations have put a serious dent in my bank account and it’s forcing me to stay awake at night!!!! It’s 3 in the morning at my end and I am still up going through all your creations 🙂

    I stumbled on your youtube channel by accident and have since watched all the videos religiously 🙂

    You are so awesome, I wish I had an inch of your talent. Please keep them coming, I look forward to each new video! And thank you for all your hard work!

  17. wrote on August 28th, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Dixie C.

    That distress ink on the embossed paper is gorgeous! Must try that. Thank you for another beautiful card! You never fail to inspire!

  18. wrote on August 28th, 2011 at 4:40 am

    Embossing Queen

    I have had a very busy week and it has taken me until Sunday night to have a look at your blog. It was definitely worth the wait. This is such a pretty card. You make it look so easy drawing that black edge around the image and the text piece. If I tried that, it would be all over the place and different thicknesses. Thanks for sharing!

  19. wrote on April 6th, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Anna Jernigan

    This is lovely, Darlene. I absolutely adore butterflies, but I really like what you did with the Copics ( I am such a novice with Copics). The addition of the Perfect Pearls and Stardust Pen really made the butterfly gorgeous! I really like the background embossing folder with the DI blending, it looks so great. Don’t know if I have a steady enough hand to do the marker around the die-cuts, but that look is wonderful! I just love your designs and lay-outs, with the extra details that really jazz it all up. I am learning so much, thanks for sharing!!

  20. wrote on May 5th, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Jan Keen

    Awesome video, I love your card, and TFS how you did it, I learned a couple of things, especially the black outlineing on the card, instead of cutting, and trying to make a matt. very cool trick…now will have to try this and see if I can colour straight!!

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