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Zig Butterflies on a Basket Weave


Hi All!

I finally got a chance to play with my NextLevel embossing folders by We R Memory Keepers. They come in a 2-pack. I saw these back in January when they first came out and thought they were so cool! And, they don’t disappoint. They are awesome! There are so many times I’m trying to figure out what to do for a background. It needs to be interesting but not distracting. Generally it’s not my focal point, but the card just needs “something else”. Do you know what I mean?

Dry embossing a background is a great option because it doesn’t introduce a contrast. It’s just plain paper that’s been textured. And these folders are super-interesting without being overbearing. Here is a close-up of the basket weave:


I did find that the pattern on these folders is so deep that it was cracking my cardstock a little. I have a little fix for that – it’s in the video. I also show the Sizzix sandwich that worked well for me – it includes a Sizzix Impressions Pad. Even though it’s called a “pad”, it’s really more like a hard “plate”. It’s the same tool I use for dry embossing with a die cut, like with this card and this card.

I used my Zig Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush pens spritzed with water for the butterflies. It’s a really easy technique and you can do it with any stamp that has an interesting pattern.

Anyway, onto the video. Have a wonderful weekend!



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Papillon Potpourri
Papillon Potpourri
Next Level Woven Folder
Next Level Woven Folder
Kuretake Zig Markers
Kuretake Zig Markers
Masking Fluid
Masking Fluid
Ranger Watercolor Paper
Ranger Watercolor Paper
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Ranger Black Archival Ink
Copic Black Liner
Copic .3 Black Liner
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Sizzix Impression Pad
Sizzix Impression Pad
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Heat Tool
Thin Paper Tape
Thin Paper Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape


  1. wrote on August 7th, 2015 at 8:26 am


    I love this stamp set and haven’t used it in a while. So here’s a simple but effective card to do tomorrow. You’ve inspired me again! Thanks so much.

  2. wrote on August 7th, 2015 at 12:51 pm


    Love this card, think I’ll go make it now. I have a striped embossing folder that always cracks the paper, so I’ll see if the water spritz fixes that. I don’t have the embossing fluid, but I have the coordinating punches for those butterflies and I think if I mask them then use the splatter stamp from gorgeous grunge with white embissing powder, it should have the same effect. I also haven’t had a chance to buy the zig clear colors yet, but have my kids’ crayola paint markers and have been curious if they’d work the same.

    • wrote on August 7th, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Carol Mac

      If you are using the platform at Tab #1 with your striped folder, try all tabs open, that works better for me from some folders (like the rose) and doesn’t crack the paper. Just a suggestion!

      • wrote on August 21st, 2015 at 1:11 am


        Thanks, I will. I did the spritzing and worked perfectly. 🙂 I’d live to buy that basket weave folder.

    • wrote on August 7th, 2015 at 7:04 pm


      What a great idea about masking the butterflies and using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set embossed as an alternative. I plan to try it both ways for slightly different looks. Thanks!

  3. wrote on August 7th, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Carol Mac

    Hi Darlene, I knew you would love these folders! They have more of an impact on lighter colored paper, but sure do look good on black! I didn’t find mine ripped through using the regular cutting plate, but I know the configuration on some BigShots are different. Love the card! Thanks.

  4. wrote on August 7th, 2015 at 1:29 pm


    I like this card! I use a Cuttlebug, so those new folders will not fit. I do have a striped embossing folder that cracks the paper, so I will give the water a try. I am eager to make a butterfly card similar, as I do not the SU butterfly set, but I have other ones. This will be fun to give a try watercoloring. Thanks for the ideas.

    • wrote on August 7th, 2015 at 3:31 pm

      Carol B

      6×6 should fit in the Cuttlebug as the plates for both the Cuttlebug and the Big Shot are the same size.

  5. wrote on August 7th, 2015 at 1:30 pm


    Darlene – this is a lovely card. i don’t have those markers (yet), but will try it with some others that I have. That embossing folder is amazing. I can see it used this fall for an autumn or Thanksgiving greeting.
    Thanks again for sharing!

  6. wrote on August 7th, 2015 at 2:22 pm


    Just got my WRMK folders yesterday. Cannot wait to try them. Look so cool with your butterfly panel.

  7. wrote on August 7th, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Carol B

    Love this card Darlene, need to get some masking fluid and try this out. I really like my Zig pens, the colors are so bright.

  8. wrote on August 7th, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Brenda L.

    Beautiful card Darlene, I am really loving these embossing folders too. I’ve seen them used by Jennifer McGuire and was hooked on them. Now I just got to get me some. lol Hugs, Brenda

  9. wrote on August 7th, 2015 at 4:35 pm


    That embossing folder just looks soooo cool!!! Thanks for the tip about spritzing with water. I’ve come across that somewhere else for getting a better embossed impression, but never thought about it to soften the paper fibers so you prevent cracking. Huh! Love the colors you chose for your focal panel, and that black background really makes it pop. Thanks for the inspiration! ~ Andrea

  10. wrote on August 7th, 2015 at 5:25 pm


    Love the card. I, too, have several Tim Holtz embossing folders that crack the paper and even metal. Any ideas on what to do about the metal surface?

    • wrote on August 7th, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hmmm… not sure about the metal. I wonder if maybe heating it a bit might help? I don’t have any experience with metal so it’s just a guess.

      • wrote on August 8th, 2015 at 12:41 am


        Thanks…I will give that a try. Perhaps I could ask on the forum?

        • wrote on August 8th, 2015 at 9:11 am

          Darlene DeVries

          Of course!

  11. wrote on August 7th, 2015 at 10:14 pm


    Darlene I just love this card. Can’t wait to try this out. Thank you.

  12. wrote on August 8th, 2015 at 8:31 am


    Hello Darlene: Oh WOW!! this is a stunning card, those butterflies just jump off of the screen, absolutely lovely!!!
    The embossing folder is gorgeous too, very deep and fabulous impression on the card stock. Thank you for sharing the tip of lightly spraying the paper with a bit of water before embossing it, I have a couple of embossing folders that crack the paper when I use them, well…..no more.
    Oh, and I wanted to let you know that I finally gave in and got myself a MISTI, I have a beautiful stamp set from Altenew called Vintage Roses and, after trying and trying to get the images stamped correctly and getting nowhere, well…..it gets here on Monday, I can’t wait.
    Thank you for another wonderful video and gorgeous card.

    • wrote on August 15th, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Have fun with your Misti Maria!

  13. wrote on August 9th, 2015 at 1:02 am


    Darlene, thank you for the technic demo! Loved how you used the Zig pens and then water on top. The card looks really nice.

  14. wrote on August 9th, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Jennifer Stark

    I have those butterfly stamps! I love them. thank you for your inspiration!

  15. wrote on August 12th, 2015 at 6:38 pm


    Those butterflies are one of my favorites too. Can’t wait to try this technique, thanks for another great video.

  16. wrote on September 3rd, 2015 at 12:32 pm


    This embossing folder is awesome! I copied this card using 3 butterflies. My husband was so impressed thanks to you Darlene! I did have some difficulties with the masking fluid dropping off of the paint brush onto the watercolor paper. I had to tap rather firmly.

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