Friday, May 7, 2021

In Sympathy with Imperfect Gold Butterflies


Hi, Friends.....

Do you ever have old supplies that you've hoarded for a little too long and they no longer work right?  I hope I am not the only one that does that!!  Well that happened to me with a product that was included in a lovely manufacturer's prize.  They were Christmas motif adhesive transfers that you could smooth onto cardstock and then coat with glitter, etc to make shiny, shimmery holiday designs.  Sounded like such a fun idea that I hoarded them for several years (hangs head in shame) and over time the adhesive oozed into unrecognizable amorphous blobs in the packages.  :(  :(  :(

When I rediscovered them recently, I had an idea that they might not work properly so I already had a back-up plan!  Ha.  I pressed Nuvo gilding flakes over the blobs to see what would happen.  It was gorgeous!!  Then I die cut butterflies from the mess.  LOVE!!!  I adore the arty imperfect look. 

For some reason, though, the butterflies were still tacky.  Hmmm....what to do?  I dusted on some coordinating colors of Perfect Pearls that would hopefully deactivate the traces of adhesive.  It helped, but I was not satisfied.  Okay....enough of that.  I knew one fool-proof way to take care of this problem for good........clear embossing powder!!!  As we all know, embossing powder maddeningly clings to *anything* that is the least bit sticky or oily or wet.  I dragged my butterflies through my container and zapped it with my heat gun.  SUCCESS!  And as a bonus there is a bit of glossy sheen added besides.  Yay!!

Supplies used include:
X-Cut - Small Butterfly die
Tonic Studios - Nuvo Gilding Flakes
Clear embossing powder
Ranger - Perfect Pearls Pigment Powder
Darice - Damask embossing folder

EK Success - Image Tree:  Card Set stamp set (retired)
Versamark ink
Ranger - Gold Superfine Detail Embossing Powder
Tonic Studios - Nuvo Crystal Drops

My stock of sympathy cards was getting a bit low so I combined this with an appropriate sentiment to have on hand.  I hope it doesn't look too fancy for sending condolences.  With the arty look of the butterflies, I think it works.  What do you think?  

Hope you liked my card today.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I very much appreciate the time you take to visit and leave such nice comments.  Have a lovely day.


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following challenges:
Stamplorations - Things with Wings Linky Party

2. Stamplorations May Theme & Prompt - Stamps + Wings

Word Art Wednesday Weeks #489-490 - AG
DL.ART May Linky Challenge - AG
Creative Fingers Challenge # 207 - AG
6. CARDZ-TV AG Challenge #140
7. Ike's World Challenge #144 - AG w/ opt Birds/Butterflies
PIP Challenge #2118 - AG


  1. Very pretty card, and no, you're not the only one that hoards supplies. (hangs head in shame) Thank you for joining us at Pammies Inky Pinkies. Hope to see you again. Bonnie DT

  2. Thank you so much for telling your "techniques" to save your adhesive transfers!! You are a genius! :D I have never thought about EP to attach something, so thank you so much for the trick!! :D Your butterflies come out really gorgeous!! Fabulous card!

  3. Your card looks great and no, I think that most crafters, artists, any creative people, hoard supplies. I still have things from high school and I graduated in 1970, but have some of my craft supplies from then. And yes, stickers are among them. Anyway, love your great card and I should really do that (make some to keep on hand) because I'm always looking for a card or two. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Janis... How creative of you, I probably would have just tossed it!!! Feels good to make something work when it seems impossible, doesn't it??? Love the card!!!

  5. Beautiful sympathy card and creative use of products.


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  7. Beautiful - love your colour combination.

    Thanks for joining us at the Ike's World Challenge Blog.

    Helen x

  8. Loving the distressed golden look of your butterflies! And yes, I tend to hoard some of my craft supplies for too long too. Thanks so much for playing along at STAMPlorations Theme & Photo Prompt Challenge. Good Luck!


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