Think Outside the Box- Butterflies and Scrolls

I know, I KNOW- people are sick of that saying “Think Outside the Box”. Sorry- it does apply here though because I want you to try thinking about shapes in a different way. To get your creative juices flowing, sometimes it can help to look at shapes upside down or backwards. You may be surprised at what the shape can look like from a different vantage point.

Consider our Scroll rubber stamps (go here to view Easy Scraps line of custom rubber stamps- ) in the set Flourish and Flowers and Scribbles. We originally pictured the Scrolls to be used as photo corners, and they work great for that. But while I was working on a project I happened to glance at a scrap that was across the table stamped with the scroll. From that viewpoint it looked to me like half of a Butterfly wing. I tried stamping the scrolls with their backs to each other and sure enough, it looked like a butterfly! And so that got me going on a whole other tangent and here are the results:

Here is a card I made with the “Anti-Grunge” look using white Stayzon stamped on Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine. I dressed the Butterfly up with drops of Liquid Pearls:

Here is the same “Butterfly” with our Scroll nameplate Rubber Stamp on a background washed in color using Ranger Distress Stains. I colored the Butterfly using Copic Markers, cut it out and attached it to the card. If you leave the wings free, you can bend them up to make the Butterfly “fly”:

Flourish Butterfly using Copic Markers

Here is the same “Butterfly” stamped on a card made with Basic Grey Paper. Doesn’t the Easy Scraps Scribbles stamp look like a Butterfly path? I also dressed up the stamped image using Distress Stickles:

Flourish Butterfly on Basic Grey

I just got the Tim Holtz Mini Butterflies die for the Sissix machine, and the Tiny version of these Scroll Photo Corners rubber stamps fit on the shapes. Here is a sampling of the Butterfly shapes stamped with the scrolls. One butterfly is stamped and then inked with Distress ink, another one is stamped and then colored in with Copic Markers, and another one where I did all of the above-stamp, then ink and then color.


I love the Scroll rubber stamps even more now that I can use them as a Butterfly. I am so glad we have them in different sizes &#59;). Enjoy!!

Scroll Butterfly colored with Copic Markers on Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine

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