Happy Easter for GDP131

Easter is about new beginnings. Baby bunnies, baby chicks, flowers and butterflies are all symbols of Easter that also help to usher in Spring. The Global Design Project is hosting an Easter-theme challenge this week. I color-blocked soft colors behind a bold butterfly for today’s nod to Easter. Here’s my card:

Beautiful Day, Hello Easter, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Easter card, GDP131And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

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  • Stamp Sets. This card is really clean – lots of untouched space – but it’s not as simple as it might seem. I used three stamp sets to create this soft, sweet Easter card – the bold butterfly is from Beautiful Day, the sentiment is from Hello Easter and the patterns on the wings of the butterfly are from the Marbled background set. Here’s a look at Beautiful Day:
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    Beautiful Day, Stampin’ Up!

    Here’s a peek at the Hello Easter set (which I also featured on a fun card yesterday – you can see that card here):

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    Hello Easter, Stampin’ Up!

    And here’s a look at the beautifully textured Marbled background set:

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    Marbled, Stampin’ Up!

  • Building the Butterfly. As I mentioned, this butterfly is not simple. I stamped the Marbled background stamp three times on Thick Whisper White – in Blushing Bride, Soft Sky and Wisteria Wonder. I then stamped the butterfly in Archival Basic Black ink on each of the Marbled patterns. I snipped the entire butterfly from the butterfly on the Blushing Bride piece, snipped four center patterns from the butterfly on Wisteria Wonder and snipped the remaining six patterns from the butterfly on Soft Sky. I glued the Wisteria Wonder and Soft Sky pieces to the Blushing Bride butterfly – time consuming but worth every bit of the time. Beautiful Day, Hello Easter, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, Easter card, GDP131I glued the butterfly to solid panels of cardstock (adding no pattern) to make sure the soft patterns on the butterfly came through. The Soft Sky panel measures 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, and the Soft Sky panel measures 3-1/2″ x 3″.
  • Sweet Color Blocking. If soft pink, soft blue and soft purple don’t scream “Easter,” then no colors will. I love this combination of Blushing Bride, Soft Sky and Wisteria Wonder – they are grounded a bit by the thick black outline of the butterfly and the thick sentiment. If you like these colors, too, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder

Stamp Sets: Beautiful Day, Hello Easter, Marbled  Papers: Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder, Archival Basic Black  Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge. I’d love to see your Easter-themed creations.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Suzie Patt Cullen

    Your butterfly ๐Ÿฆ‹ is so soft and lovely, Brian!
    And your colors are beautiful Easter choices.
    Thank you!

  2. Brian, the butterfly is gorgeous! I don’t have the Marbled stamp and now want to order it. Reading your blog is not good for my pocketbook but create for my creativity.

  3. You “had” me at those marvelous marbled butterfly pieces!

  4. What a beautiful Easter card, Brian. Love how you did the butterfly. The colors are soft but show up great against the black butterfly outline. So clever! Have a great day!

  5. A WOW butterfly…love the purple base!

  6. This is the best use of the marble stamp I have seen! It makes such a beautiful butterfly

  7. So pretty ! I have had that Marble stamp on my to get list forever . I never thought about using it other than for a background . Now you `have done it !! I can think of a couple of things I would like to try now !
    Fun !!

  8. I can’t even guess at how long it took you to make that beautiful butterfly and how you managed to snip everything so perfectly. Just amazing! I have the marble background stamp and have used it quite a bit. I just love it. Now I’ll need to try using it with multiple colors and then combining them on a single image. My snipping skills cannot compete with yours so I’m going to cheat and go with dies like the large alphabet letters. You are impressive my friend.

    • Yay! I’m so glad you like it, Grace! This is one of my 4-in-the-morning-on-a-Saturday cards. I may have lost track of time a bit while making it – and I have not problem with that. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for your comments. I hope you’ll share what you make with me. <3

  9. Beautifully done Brian. I love the butterfly and the colors that you selected. It reminds me of what Spring is like.

  10. So gorgeous. Reminds me of stained glass effect.

  11. What a beautiful color combo, but that marbled look to the wings…thatโ€™s a stunner! Youโ€™re a creative genius ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Lovely card Brian, the butterfly looks like stain glass, just gorgeous!!!
    The color combination is just perfect for Spring.
    Thank you for sharing.

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