CIC 502 | Birthday Butterflies | Green, Pink and Lime

Are you ready for a new Cupcake Inspirations Challenge? This time we have a pretty colour palette for you to play with. I was originally thinking of using flowers for my card, but I changed my mind and used butterflies instead.

I started by stamping the three butterflies from Altenew’s Wild Hibiscus with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid ink onto a panel of white card. Usually I would mask these off but my wrist/hand is still recovering and fiddly cutting is a little bit tricky, so I skipped cutting masks for them.

I wanted to add a stenciled background so I laid the On The Plus Side stencil over the panel, holding it place from the back with some washi tape. I then ink blended over the panel with Catherine Pooler’s Lime Rickey ink, which is perfect for the lime portion of the colour palette! I used a blending brush, and was careful to avoid blending over the butterflies as they weren’t masked. As a result the ink is lighter around the butterflies, giving a fun almost glowing look to them.

Next I worked on colouring the butterflies with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers. I of course used pink and green as the colours, as that’s what the colour palette called for. I underpainted the shadow areas of my green with a blue to increase the depth. I also bought in a grey for the bodies of the butterflies that needed it. I then placed the panel back into my MISTI and restamped the butterflies, this time using Versafine Onyx Black ink.

For my sentiment strip I coloured up a snippet of card with the midtone pink I’d used on my butterflies. I then stamped “happy birthday” from Altenew’s Super Script onto the pink, again using Versafine Onyx Black ink, and cut it out with one of the MFT Stitched Banner dies. It ended up a little wonky despite trying to get it straight… Oh well!

I wanted to further tie in the green so I cut another snippet of card to be a bit taller than my sentiment strip and just wider than my focal panel. I coloured it with one of the greens I’d used on my butterflies, then adhered the pink sentiment strip onto it. I used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the layered sentiment strip on my focal panel, and to add the entire thing to my white card base.

Aside from the wonkiness of the sentiment, I really like how the card turned out! The colour is really lovely and vibrant. I hope my card inspires you to come and play along with us. You can get more inspiration from the rest of the team either on the challenge page or directly on their blogs via the links below.


Lady Joyful

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Challenges included:

AAA Birthday Challenge – Animals & Critters

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge – Green, Pink & Lime

Digi Choosday – Anything Goes

Dragonfly Dreams Challenge – Happy Birthday

MFT Sketch Challenge – Sketch

Polkadoodles Craft Challenge – Anything Goes

STAMPlorations Summer Challenge – Anything Goes

TCP Tuesday Challenge – Animals

The Paper Shelter – Birthday

Through The Craft Room Door – Anything Goes

Check out what the rest of the DT made:

Charlotte (that’s me!)






Sue N.

Sue T.


16 thoughts on “CIC 502 | Birthday Butterflies | Green, Pink and Lime

  1. Don’t those acid colours work a treat with the butterflies. Gorgeous card Charlotte. Thanks for playing at AAA Birthday, hope to see you join in with future challenges too. Stay safe and keep crafting!

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