Hi there everyone! I hope you've been having a great week so far. It's Jenny here, and today I'm featuring the first-ever Spark Joy Set – Fluttering Butterflies.
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These sets are fabulous, a new addition to the Marvelous Monthly Series release from Altenew. Spark Joy features a hot foil plate and a coordinating stencil. The Fluttering Butterflies set has three different ways to create a butterfly:
- Solid Hot Foil Butterfly
- Half butterfly hot foil with over-the-top stenciling
- Stenciled butterfly with foil accents
Keep on reading for more tips and project ideas using this new hot foil plate set!
Spark Joy: Fluttering Butterflies
Create enchanting shimmery butterflies with this hot foil and matching stencil set! The hot foil plate features a butterfly, a partial butterfly, and a set of spotty details that can go on butterfly wings. You can add magic to the Fluttering Butterflies hot foil with the coordinating simple coloring stencil set. Stencil #1 will produce two layering butterflies to coordinate with the partial butterfly hot foil plate, and stencils #2 and #3 will create layering leaves on tall branches.
The stencil has three parts, featuring a dual-layer leafy branch image and various butterfly shapes and bodies. On my card project today, I'm foiling a main solid butterfly and a foil and ink blended butterfly.
Stenciling the Leaves and Branches
Using a panel of white cardstock, I overlaid the first stencil layer, and using a Mini Blending Brush, I blended on Citrus Burst Crisp Dye Ink. I seemed to have a little green left on the stencil from a previous project, and it added a nice green edging when I blended!
After that, I overlaid layer 2, aligning the guidelines to match it, and then used Honey Drizzle Crisp Dye ink to blend on the second layer. When I removed the stencil, I also decided to add a few splatters. I smushed the Honey Drizzle ink pad onto my Craft Mat and then spritzed with some water using the Fine Mister. I picked it up with a fine watercolor brush and splattered ink here and there over the stenciled leaves.
Hot Foiling the Fluttering Butterflies
I used sheets from the Rose Gold Hot Foil Roll, which has a lovely warm sheen to it. I aligned the two Fluttering Butterflies plates onto the stenciled card panel where I wanted them and affixed them with a ‘hinge' using Satin Masking Tape so that the plate always fell back to the same position each time it was lifted. I then trimmed some foil that was just larger than the plates and placed them under the plates, affixing them with a few more pieces of tape.
I applied the panel to my hot foil machine and overlaid the plates. When the timer was ready, I ran it through my die cutting machine to adhere the foil, then lifted off the plates, being careful to keep the hinge in place.
One plate foiled well, but the solid butterfly had areas that the foil hadn't properly adhered to – this sometimes happens with rougher cardstock or with really solid plates. However, with the hinge, this can simply be refoiled! Just fold back the hinge, add more foil, reaffix and run it through again. It works great!
Afterward, I used Peach Perfect Crisp Dye Ink and blended on the wings over the top of the sideways butterfly. It has two wing sections, and on the second, I went a little heavier to show the transparency of the wings. For the wings' edges, I also added Blush Crisp Dye Ink.
To coordinate with the butterfly wings, I stamped the sentiment in the Blush Crisp Dye Ink. I used the Across The Pond Stamp Set, and this sentiment is just perfect for hot foiled butterflies, don't you think!?
Finally, I finished the card with a few Satin White Sequins. These are subtle and go with anything – I wanted to keep just Rose Gold on the card itself rather than mixing in some other tone of gold.
1 Product, Multiple Ways!
Before you go, here are a few card ideas featuring this new hot foil plate set!
April's card really shines with its beautiful ink-blended background! We love how the color palette she chose coordinated with the shimmering gold tones of the butterfly, making all the elements on the card blend perfectly.
Nathalie's card looks like a garden that has come to life! The vibrant butterflies look like they're flying out of the card!
Laura's card features stunningly foiled butterflies, with its intricate details and metallic finish catching our eye. The soft colors of the scenery in the background and the border complement the butterflies flawlessly. Seeka's card is a beautiful, elegant, and clean card. We just adore how the gorgeous sentiment and lovely butterfly image steal the show!
With its fun and bold colors, Maryam's card is definitely a gift to the eyes! The recipient of her birthday will surely be touched by the beauty of the card's design, topped off with sequins and enamel dots!
You can see the full step-by-step video tutorial as part of my Stylish Cardmaking Techniques with Jenny video here and over on the Altenew YouTube channel. I even included the solution for when your hot foiled images don't quite foil completely as described above – see how I fixed it!
So what do you think of the Spark Joy: Fluttering Butterflies Set? I hope you use it in your projects soon! Have a great day, all!
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