Something Special Card

By  Frankie Fioretti  for  Penny Black Rubber Stamps

size: 4-1/4"x5-1/2

  • Something Special Card


  • Olive (A2) folded card
  • Cardstock: red; gold metallic
  • White watercolor paper
  • Coordinating threads/cords/ribbons


  • Stamps (Penny Black Rubber Stamps): Mixed Media (4037K); Poppy Poem (4036K)
  • VersaFine Onyx Black pigment ink pad (Tsukineko)
  • Water-based markers (Tombow)
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Stargazers Mica Watercolor Palette (US ArtQuest)
  • Heat tool
  • Palette knife
  • Detail paintbrush
  • Studio Paper waxed palette (US ArtQuest) or non-stick craft sheet
  • Adhesives (US ArtQuest): Gloss Perfect Paper Adhesive (PPA); Great Tape

Basic Supplies

  • scissors
  • 1. To create butterfly, stamp and emboss Poppy Poem image onto watercolor paper. Using photo as a guide, color image and background with markers, using water and detail brush to spread color. Use Stargazer palette to add sparkling highlights to image. Let dry completely.
  • 2. Apply very thin coat of PPA to entire image; let dry. Trace or draw a butterfly shape onto paper, centering poppy in pleasing manner. Cut out shape. Note: Butterfly die may also be used.
  • 3. Place butterfly onto waxed palette or non-stick craft sheet and apply a thicker layer of PPA using a palette knife. For a very enameled look, add multiple layers of PPA. Let butterfly dry completely before peeling image away from palette. Trim away excess adhesive; adhesive will continue to "cure" but image will remain flexible. Set aside butterfly.
  • 4. Stamp Mixed Media image twice onto watercolor paper. Trim one image into a 3-1/4" square. Mat on red cardstock, then gold. Adhere panel to left side of card.
  • 5. Color second Mixed Media image in same way as butterfly; see Step 1. Trim image as shown in photo and adhere over stamped square on card, aligning images.
  • 6. Tie fibers around right side of card. Use Great Tape to adhere butterfly over fibers.