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Citrus Floral Butterfly Card: Slimline Floral & Quad Citrus Powders

Hello, fellow card makers! Today, I’m excited to share a project that combines vibrant citrus hues with delicate floral designs and whimsical butterflies. This Citrus Floral Butterfly Card is perfect for adding a pop of color and a touch of elegance to your card-making repertoire. Let's dive into the details of how I created this card, featuring some fabulous products that you'll love as much as I do.

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Citrus Floral Butterfly Card:

Exploring the Supplies

To start, let's talk about the stars of this project: the Slimline Floral Stamp Set and the Butterflies 2 Decorative Dies from, along with the Quad Citrus Embossing Powders from WOW! Embossing Powders. These products are incredibly versatile and can be used in various projects, but today they come together to create a card that's bursting with color and life.

Citrus Floral Butterfly Card by Rick Adkins

Crafting the Floral Background

I began by stamping the stunning floral image from the Slimline Floral Stamp Set onto a piece of Canson XL 140 lbs Watercolor Paper using Memento Toffee Crunch Ink. The watercolor paper is a fantastic choice for this project because it handles water and ink beautifully, allowing the colors to blend seamlessly. After stamping, I trimmed the panel to 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" to fit perfectly on my card.

Next came the fun part—watercoloring! I used Distress Ink Re-inkers (see list of colors used in Materials Used Section at end of post) as watercolors, which is a technique I adore because it offers vibrant and rich colors. Each stroke of the brush brought the floral image to life, creating a beautiful, eye-catching background.

Citrus Floral Butterfly Card by Rick Adkins Front View

Adding Some Citrus Sparkle

For the butterflies, I wanted something bold and bright, so I turned to the Quad Citrus Embossing Powders from WOW! These powders are a joy to work with and add such a fun, vibrant element to any project. I swiped a scrap piece of WOW! Superior Smooth White Cardstock with my WOW! Ultra Slow Drying Embossing Ink Pad and sprinkled the four citrus colors over the sticky ink. Using my WOW! Dual Speed Heat Tool, I heat set the powders from underneath the cardstock to avoid any unwanted warping and since this is a thicker powder with bits of glitter. The result was a smooth, glossy finish that looked good enough to eat!

I then used the Butterflies 2 Decorative Dies to cut out seven butterflies from the heat-embossed cardstock. Each butterfly turned out beautifully, with a rich, citrusy glow that added the perfect touch of whimsy to the card. I also cut out the "hello" sentiment using the Hello Smile Etched Dies from Spellbinders and gave it a shadow layer for added dimension.

Citrus Floral Butterfly Card by Rick Adkins Close Up View

Assembling the Card

Assembling the card was a breeze and so much fun! I adhered the watercolor panel to a piece of WOW! Superior Smooth White Cardstock, cut to 3 3/4" x 5". This was then mounted onto a piece of dark charcoal smooth cardstock from the Christmas A2 Smooth Cardstock Pad, cut to 4" x 5 1/4". Finally, I attached the layered panel to an A2 top-folding white card base made from Neenah Solar White Ultra Thick Cardstock.

For the finishing touches, I added the die-cut sentiment to its shadow layer and popped it up on the card front using 1mm Foam Tape. I then sprinkled the heat-embossed butterflies around the sentiment, starting from the bottom center and working my way around the right side of the card front. This created a beautiful, dynamic flow that draws the eye around the card.

Citrus Floral Butterfly Card by Rick Adkins Side View

Final Thoughts

This Citrus Floral Butterfly Card was a joy to create, and I hope it inspires you to try something new in your card-making adventures. The combination of florals, vibrant embossing powders, and delicate die cuts makes for a card that's both cheerful and elegant.

Remember, the key to a stunning card is to have fun and experiment with different techniques and products. Happy crafting, and I can't wait to see what you create!

Citrus Floral Butterfly Card by Rick Adkins Over Head View

Feel free to share your creations and connect with our community for more inspiration and tips. Until next time, keep crafting and spreading joy with your handmade cards!

(Wondering what I used in this project? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).

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Materials Used:

Here you will find the list of supplies that I used to create today's card. All supplies are linked to supply sources below. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.

Happy Stampin'

Rick Adkins

Rick Adkins


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