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Hello there and happy Tuesday!  I'm here for the first group post day of the January Papertrey Ink countdown.  The team has lots of fresh, springy projects to share today, filled with...butterflies!  I always love butterflies, they are just so pretty and fun to use on my projects.  We have several different product lines/collections being shown today, so let me give you the run-down on what's being shown today...

The Cover Plate: Butterfly die (so pretty!) designed by Nichole

Enclosed: Butterfly stamps and coordinating dies, designed by Dawn

Bitty Butterflies stamp set and Cover Plate: Bitty Butterflies, designed by Nichole

All of these new stamps and dies will be available for purchase beginning at 10pm EST on January 15th fromPapertrey Ink.

Let me show you some projects using these new products.

First up is a card using the gorgeous new Cover Plate: Butterfly die.  I did a bit of snooping around Pinterest for inspiration for the coloring of the butterflies on this card and found this beauty...

Blue butterfly
(image source)

So I diecut the Cover Plate: Butterfly die from some watercolor paper and used my blending tool to add Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Enchanted Evening, and True Black inks to the butterflies. I used a sticky note as an easy way to mask the butterfly next to which ever one I was currently inking so as to not get ink on the others.  I started with the lightest shade at the bottom of each butterfly, then worked my way up the wings and added the darkest color (black) last, trying to mimic the coloring of the butterfly in the photo.


When I was finished with the butterflies I sponged some ink around the border as well, and adhered it to a panel of watercolor paper on which I had added a few splotches of watercoloring using Hawaiian Shores ink.  The sentiment was stamped in Enchanted Evening using one of the sentiments from the Bold Blossoms set.



Supplies not linked, but available on January 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Cover Plate: Butterflies, Bold Blossoms stamp set

My next card uses the Cover Plate: Bitty Butterflies die and stamps, along with a a few other new January goodies.  I started off by diecutting the Cover Plate: Bitty Butterflies die from watercolor paper.  I sponged some Hibiscus Burst ink in the solid area between the rows of butterflies, near the bottom.  I adhered this to another panel of watercolor paper and added some color to a few of the open butterfly areas using re-inkers and a waterbrush.  I then stamped a few of those butterfly diecuts with the Bitty Butterflies stamp set and tucked them into the openings.


The large butterfly was cut using the Cover Plate: Butterflies die, and I just snipped this butterfly out to use on its own.  The sentiment is from the new Keep It Simple: Baby set coming your way this month, and it was stamped on a frame from the Outlined set, also new this month.


The inside of this card is finished off too, using one of the sentiments from the new Tucked In: Baby set.  I added some sponged Hibiscus ink and a few butterflies to make it cohesive with the outside.



Supplies not linked, but available on January 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Bitty Butterflies stamp set and coordinating Cover Plate: Bitty Butterflies die, Keep it Simple: Baby stamp set, Outline stamp set and coordinating dies, Tucked In: Baby stamp set

 My last project for today uses the latest in the Enclosed series by Dawn.  This month's butterfly shape is so pretty.  I love the detail stamp and how it gives an instant painted look to the butterfly.  I started off by diecutting both the solid and word/outline version of the butterfly from watercolor paper.  I stamped the brushed detail by inking it up with Raspberry Fizz and Orange Zest inks.  I added the dotted detail to the top wings using Scarlet Jewel ink.  Then I took a water brush and pulled the ink out to the edges of the diecut.  Super easy and fun to do.


I stamped the "wishing you a...birthday" sentiment using the Enclosed Butterfly set and True Black ink.  I attached the finished butterfly to a background panel that was stamped with the new Background Basics: Splats set, also new this month.  I also sponged a bit of pink and yellow inks to the background and added some white and clear sequins.



Supplies not linked, but available on January 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Enclosed: Butterfly stamp set and coordinating dies, Background Basics: Splats stamp set

That wraps up my projects for today, thanks SO much for stopping by today!  I'll be back tomorrow with another fun group post!  To see more beautiful butterfly projects from the team, be sure to hop around to their blogs...

Danielle Flanders
Laurie Willison
Dawn McVey
Amy Sheffer
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillilps
Nichole Heady
Ashley Cannon Newell 
Lizzie Jones
Kay Miller