Faux Cloisonn? Butterflies

Blog candy?  I'm a relative newbie to the blogging scene.  However, there are still terms that I'm learning every day.  If it translates to "a gift to blog readers" . . . then I'm prepared to offer a little blog candy as a "Merci" for your regular Stampin' Pretty visits! 

I have an extra (brand new) Sale-A-Bration Merci set looking for a new home (and another Sale-A-Bration set to follow in the next few days).  Just leave me a comment at the end of this post by the end of the day Thursday, March 13, telling me your favorite Sale-A-Bration stamp set, how the weather is or both.  You are welcome to comment more than once.  A "winner" will be randomly chosen on Friday and I'll ship (U.S. only) the winner's "blog candy" on Saturday.

Faux Cloisonn? is a seriously divine technique, highlighted by this week's Technique Lover's Challenge (link at the end of this post).  I dipped the Merci butterfly in Versamark and stamped on a colorful magazine page–in this case a collage of roses from a fashion catalog.  I then heat embossed with gold embossing powder and snipped them out.

Square punches of various colors provide a lovely backdrop.  I chose to only glue my pretty insects in the middle and left the antennae and wings free to flutter.  TIP: Please don't feel compelled to line up the butterflies like little soldiers . . . let them enjoy some movement.  I stamped my sentiment and added a couple layers of ribbon at the top.  TIP:  The squares were adhered last so that I could balance them between the ribbon and sentiment.

The bottom of the vanilla card stock was sculpted with a Corner Rounder Punch and a piece of More Mustard was attached to add some vavoom against the scalloped border. 

Stamp Sets:  Merci (Sale-A-Bration, 111407), Simply Said
Paper:  Very Vanilla (101650), More Mustard (100946), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Cameo Coral (100475), Ruby Red (102030), Summer Sun (103124)
Ink:  Versamark (102283), Basic Black (101179)
Cool Tools:  1 3/8" Square Punch (103375), Corner Rounder Punch (109047), Heat Tool (100005)
The Perfect Touch:  Gold Embossing Powder (109129), Groovy Guava Sherbet Ribbon Originals (109184), More Mustard 1/4" Grosgrain (109037)

Inspiration:  Splitcoast Technique Lover's Challenge TLC159


  1. Jill Jacobsen

    This is absolutely beautiful! I love what you did here. I need to try this technique!! I really am enjoying looking through your blog, you have great cards! Thanks for sharing.

  2. My post vanished…so I’ll try again.
    My fav set is So Many Scallops and I love how the scallop punch (my will show up any day) can be used to make a madallion. I want to use these two to make a card for a 2nd birthday.
    I don’t have the Merci set but would to own it to try to make your beautiful butterflies with the faux cloisonne
    technique. The rose page you used for your butterflies would certainly brighten the day we have here in New England. It’s grey, overcast and misting. Ugh! but Spring is just around the corner and I can’t wait.

  3. Boy! do you have the comments…..
    So many scallops is my favorite set and I’m waiting for the SU scallop punch to show up on my doorstep (any day now). I want to punch out the medallion & with so many scallops make for a birthday card.
    The Merci set I don’t have, but would to own to try your faux cloisonne technique. You used a beautiful rose page for your butterflies and that would definetly help liven up the gray overcast day we are having here in New England!!! Spring is just around the corner…I hope!!!

  4. Rashelle Kennett

    I love so many sale-a-bration sets, but I think I’ve had the most fun with the rub-ons. Your blog is great!

  5. Very pretty , love those butterflies , they are gorgeous !

  6. Wow! This is stunning!

  7. Great blog candy! I have been using the Sale a Bration rub ons and loving them! The weather here in Idaho is starting to warm up for spring and is wonderful! Except for a little rain…but after all the snow we got this year, rain is ok in my book!

  8. Mary, for a relatively newbie to blogging, you seem like you’ve been blogging for a LONG TIME! You’re doing a great job and your work is beautiful. Merci for the cool blog candy…I LOOVVVVEEEE it! The weather here in So. Cal. is mid 70’s with rain supposedly on the way. Have a good one!

  9. Kristina Seymour

    I love all of your ideas:) My favorite Su saleabration set would have to be friendship blooms. As for the weather it was almost 40 & the snow is finally starting to melt:)

  10. Hi Mary, I am a relatively new blog reader. I got started via splitcoaststampers when I was looking for an idea to teach to at my stamping club. It’s warm here in Arizona and my favorite sale-a-bration set is “So Many Scallops” Probably because I am so into punches right now!

  11. An inspiration as always! S.up should pay you mega bonuses for making all of us want each stamp set you incorporate in your projects! That’s not just talent, it’s expert salesmanship as well! 🙂
    I’ve been toying with the idea of getting the Merci since you used it in the Easter card. And it would be the first time ever that I got all of the SAB sets! Thanks as always!

  12. Hi,
    I love your blog and am a fellow Madisonian. I would have to say that “Merci” is my favorite set. You know how the weather is here–don’t you wish the hideously dirty snowpiles would melt??!!

  13. Love your site – visit everyday! Weather in Virginia is perfect. I am using the Peaceful Wishes set a lot lately.

  14. Mary, everytime I visit your site I always say WOW! You are amazing, so talented! I love the butterflies and what I like the most is the fact that you used a magazine page to make them, that is so creative! I like all of the celebration sets, I guess the scalloped one grabbed me right away but I wish I could have them all 😉 Weather here in Miami is nice I guess, not too hot and sunny, good day for the pool. Thank you for the chance at blog candy.

  15. Well, the only SAB set I own yet is the Birthday Whimsy set but I happen to LOVE it! 😀 It is my first birthday set so I was really excited to use it! I am, however, getting the other sets this week though! I am excited about that! Oh, the weather here is beautiful! I love Colorado because the sun is almost always shining! It’s been in the 50s-60s all week! I should probably knock on wood though! Haha! I love your card! You are extremely talented!

  16. wow….fun new technique for me to see! good job on being brave and trying it out! i’m hoping for a chance to stamp tomorrow…hope hope hope!!

  17. I love the Friendship Blooms and how it coordinates with the rubons. Great blog and I must say BEAUTIFUL job with your butterflies.

  18. not sure what happened to that last reply

    I love your blog- i have you on my reader and appeciate your clean style.

    My FAV SAB set is so many scallops. Weather wise- I am in Southwestern Ontario- I literally have a 9 ft snow drift in my backyard!!!

  19. LOVE your blog- you are on my reader for sure- like your “clean” style

  20. We live in Wisconsin and I am so ready for Spring and all the snow to melt! My favorite set is the scallops one – I just seem drawn to any stamps that have scallop or circle designs! The faux butterfly turned out beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  21. W O W ~ Gorgeous!!!!

  22. Judy Broswick

    I cannot go in the draw but commenting anyway. great colours!!! 😉 This is truly a beautiful card- I will have to try this technique… very nice 🙂

  23. This card is stunning!!! {Love your blog!!!} I’ve seen several examples this week of this technique, and I have to say that until I saw yours, I kind of blew past the others. Fav SAB set…I would pick Merci b/c it’s so versatile.

  24. Hi Mary: I to love the Merci set and would love to win it. You did a great job with those butterflies!
    Mary P.

  25. Michelle Arthur


  26. Mary, you may be a relatively new blogger, but yours is my favorite! I love all your projects, your photography is great (how do you get your photos to look so good?), your FREE SHIPPING offer is FABULOUS, and you’re just such a sweetie pie!

  27. It’s 37 degrees and sunny in central Illinois today. A beautiful day! Of course, any day I wake up with the ground beneath me is a GREAT DAY! 🙂

  28. All of the Sale-a-Bration sets are great, including the rub-ons! However, I love the versatility of the So Many Scallops set, and I love stamps I can use with my punches. If I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be So Many Scallops.

  29. Merci is the only Sale-a-Bration set I haven’t gotten. I’m familiar with the cloisonn? technique, but hadn’t thought to use it with that set. This is why I love your website so much ~ you have all the great ideas!

  30. I have several favorites, you are probably responsible for some of them being my fave!!I love your site! I think spring is on the way here.

  31. Oh My Word….these butterflies are FANTASTIC. I can’t believe how you cut out their little antennae!!!!! They’re gorgeous!

  32. Cindy Stewart

    I am new to your blog, but since I found it I visit daily. I love your work and the Merci set is adorable! It was cloudy and 70 degrees here in Northern California today but it looks like rain is on the way!

  33. WOW! I love that butterfly!!! I also am in love with the Merci set!!! The weather is great – broke 40 degrees today!! Whoo HOooo!!!

  34. Judy Harrison

    Hi Mary, I’m new to your blog, but I love the techniques you have. My favorite Sale-A-Bration stamp is So Many Scallops. It’s relatively warm where I live in Florida.


  35. I don’t go to a party until Saturday so I haven’t had a chance to ink any of them up, but I might have to choose the scallops—I love punches (no nestabilities yet!) so this set would indulge me~ The weather in Raleigh, NC is BEAUTIFUL (sorry for shouting!) high in the upper 60’s, cool mornings and evenings! Divine. Thanks for the chance to win!

  36. Gorgeous card- I will have to try this technique! My favorite set was So Many Scallops – I was able to get that one. I didn’t get this set, which I need now seeing your sample!

  37. Giselle Perry

    I’m a newbie to your blog. But I definitely learned something I plan to try out this weekend. I love these butterflies! My favorite SAB stamp set is Merci and the rub-ons are great too.



  38. Oops, forgot to say, my fav is Merci and the weather is turning bad.

  39. I love those butterflies. I never would have thought to do this. Wonderful technique.

  40. I love your punches information in January. Thanks for posting so often. My favorite sell-a-bration stamp is actually the new love and happiness rub ons.


  41. I love your punches information in January. Thanks for posting so often. My favorite sell-a-bration stamp is actually the new love and happiness rub ons.


  42. colleen kramer

    Oh Mary… this is so very pretty! You super clever girl, you! You never fail to delight us!
    I think my fav set is Birthday Whimsy… so quick and I make Bday cards more than anything else!
    The weather here in Kansas is WONDERFUL! It has been very chilly for sooo long, but today it was mostly sunny and 73 degrees! Perfect! Thanks for a chance at the sweets!

  43. Hello, I just want to say that those butterflies are amazingly beautiful. From the SAB catty I love the new rub-on, Merci set and FFriendship Blossom.
    I live in WA State (Yakima) and the weather is not too bad, kind of sunny but very windy. I really want the Spring!!!!

    God bless

  44. Love this card. just got an embossing gun and this is a must. I love the new friendship blooms set for SAB. Very cute!

  45. The butterflies are just spectacular and I can’t wait to try the same technique.
    I look forward to your beautiful cards everyday and have several of my friends checking them out now too!
    It’s a beautiful sunny 72 degrees in Houston, Texas today.
    Thanks for the inspiration….Sheila

  46. Mary, don’t worry about adding my post to your blog candy, I have Merci (I love that butterfly!) but I HAD to post a comment on your card! It is fabulous!!! What an awesome technique to use with this butterfly! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Did I mention I love it yet? LOL! Perhaps I’m infected with Spring Fever? It is 70 degrees here in SW Illinois and it is starting to look and feel a little bit like spring here!

  47. Those butterflies are gorgeous! My favorite SAB set so far is the So Many Scallops, and the weather here today is perfect! Sun is shining, light breeze, temps in the high 60s – I just hope it lasts!

  48. Hi! The weather here is definately spring, in the 70’s- thank goodness for the south! I have used Friendship Blooms the most but also love Birthday Whimsy. thanks for such a great blog! keep it up!

  49. This is absolutely gorgeous. And the weather here in Oregon is rather gray and overcast…and a bit chilly at 45 degrees.

  50. Nice card. My favorite SAB set is Merci. I do have to say that I like them all though. The weather here in Northern California is cloudy and cold. I enjoy your blog, keep up the great work.
    Thank you for the chance to win!

  51. Terri Fleming

    I love this card. The butterflys turned out so beautiful! I got the rub-ons. I very much like the Merci set. Thanks for a chance to win.

  52. Janet Caldwell

    So many Scallops. (New to stamping.)
    Weather here is great (Destin, Fla), but will be leaving here on Saturday headed back to Ohio. Just happen to stumble upon your web site and I really enjoy it.

  53. Sorry I didn’t answer your questions
    We had about 16 inches of snow here in Ohio this weekend but it is slowly melting off
    I love most all of the sets I have been playing with birthday whimsy and so many scallops most so far

  54. Mary,
    I’m new to your blog but love this technique I can’t wait to try it and am glad to have seen your post

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