Beautiful day – Newton’s Nook Designs

Hello Everyone,

I am on the Newton’s Nook Designs blog today with this pretty butterfly stencilled card. I love layering stencils, they are even more versatile than the simple ones and give opportunities to try a lot of techniques and textures. Let me show you how I created this beauty!

On a piece of light pink cardstock I laid down the first layer of the Butterfly stencil and added Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink. It is pretty on its own, but we can take it to another level with the second layer: it lines up perfectly thanks to the engraved lines!

I added Rina K designs Elektro-Pop Neon Pink Glitz Glitter gel, removed the stencil and set it aside to dry. Approximately after an hour or so I ran the panel through my die cutting machine with the postage stamp die from the Framework die set. I distressed the edges with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink and a blending brush to give it more depth.

I stamped one of the butterflies from the Monarchs stamp set with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Hero Arts Black Sparkle embossing powder. It addds a subtle sparkle to it, so pretty. It is not advised to use your Copics with heat embossed images but I was super careful and coloured it with my pink markers. I do not experience any damage, but if you want to be on the safe side here is a trick: use your stamp positioner to stamp the image in Copic friendly black ink, colour it and stamp over it once more with Versamark and heat emboss it. I used the coordinating dies to cut it out.

The sentiment I white heat embossed on a black die cut panel which is from Slimline Frames and Windows and popped up the butterfly under it with thin 3D foam squares.

I assembled the card on a white top folding A2 sized card base and used 3D foam squares to pop up the black die cut. So much texture and different effects on one simple card, gorgeous, don’t you think?

I hope you like my card today and will pop in again soon for more inspiration. Stay safe!


Butterfly wishes – Pink and Main

Hello Everyone,

I am here again with a fun technique which allows you to turn your stamped images into real embellishments. I used stamps and dies from Pink and Main.

I used the You can fly stamp set for this technique because it has an outline stamp and a solid one, but it can work without the solid piece too, I will tell you how. First I white heat embossed the outline butterfly on Bristol Smooth cardstock. I made 2 butterflies as I wanted to try two inking techniques.

On one I just scribbled Tombow markers and washed away the colours with a wet baby wipe. So easy and vibrant colours!

On the second one I used Distress Oxide inks with a blending brush: this inking method gave much smoother and softer tones. Both are beautiful don’t you think?

When it was dry I stamped the solid image over the coloured one with clear embossing ink and covered it with clear embossing powder. I repeated the process with an iridescent glittery powder too to get more sparkle. If you use a stamp which does not have a solid pair, you can simply use your embossing ink pad directly on the paper. I cut the butterflies with their coordinaing die.

To make my butterflies pop, I simply die cut stitched rectangles from woodgrain cardstock and matted them with an aqua one. I popped up the butterflies with 3D foam squares and added a heat embossed sentiment from the Special day stamp set which I cut with the Sentiment strip dies.

I hope you enjoyed this fun technique and will give it a try. See you soon with more ideas!



Guest designer Jana

Good evening all,

I am popping in quickly with a guest designer post: my 6 year old daughter Jana was crafting with me the other day (when I did the rainbow heart stencilling) and borrowed the mask and my distress inks.

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She loves bright colours and rainbows, so she copied the background I made. She sponged distress ink all around the heart mask on Bristol Smooth paper. When she was done, she wanted to spritz it with Ranger Perfect Pearls mist. She needed little help with pushing the button as it is hard for a kid.

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The day after she stamped a butterfly she chose from a Lawn Fawn set (Flutter by) and coloured with her ICO markers.

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She used the MISTI while stamping which allowed her to stamp it 5 times for a perfect impression.

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I am just simply so proud of her. This cheerful creation shows how kids see our world: pretty, colourful and full of sparkle.

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I hope this guest designer post cheered you up and will help you to have sweet dreams.

I will upload Jana’s project to the Simon Says Stamp Kids Summer Challenge


See you tomorrow with another fun post.

Sleep well,


Simple & colourful thank you

Hello Again,

I could not resist popping in again with a simple but very colourful thank you card. I had my new Studio Katia goodies still on my desk and wanted to make another card, this time I used the Mini Thank you set only.

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I started with a Copic friendly paper and stamped several times the little butterfly on the right side of it slightly turning it to have a variation in the angle. I stamped the sentiment from the set more or less in the middle of the paper and trimmed the edge down to have a 4 and 1/4 by 4 inch piece. I coloured the butterflies with Copics.

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I had a left over piece of Lawn Fawn plaid paper from my previous card which was perfectly matching the idea I had, so I adhered an inch piece to a white card base (I slightly trimmed it down to be 5 and 1/4 by 4 inch). I adhered the butterfly panel next to it and added a stitched strip of glitter paper where the 2 papers meet.

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I added Spectrum Noir Clear Shimmer to the butterflies and a few rhinestones (I “stole” them from my daughter’s stash) in rainbow colours. A bit of glossy accents finished off the card.

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Simple and easy and I only used a mini stamp set to make it. Super fun!

I hope you like it and will return soon for more inspiration.

Have sweet dreams,