Faux Foiled Butterflies/Alex Syberia Cut Files

Today, I am sharing a bunch of faux foiled butterflies. Foiling requires a specific machine or a particular printer, but you can simply create a look of foiling by just using a foil card stock instead.

Hello everyone!

My project today contains a lot of fluttering faux foiled butterflies. Don’t forget to catch them all. 🙂

I was super excited when Alex sent me a message saying that she is creating some digital cut files for this month’s release. As I have been loving creating die cut cards more than stamps these days, I jumped with joy when I found out the new release had cut files.

I own a Silhouette Cameo digital die cutting machine. It is well loved for past 8 or 9 years. It was my first ever bought die cutting machine, but I am ashamed to say that I had only been using the basic version so far. These digital files work with the designer version as they are .svg files. It was perfect excuse for me to purchase the Designer Edition which has endless possibilities.

First Set

For my first set of cards, I used the butterfly cut file which is one half of a butterfly. The beauty of using a digital file is that you can resize it, flip it to get the mirror image, or stretch it taller or wider. By flipping the half, I was able to create whole butterflies very easily. I created some large butterflies and some small ones. The idea was to make a slimline card with a row of butterflies for my first card, which you can see here.

I used a gold foil card stock I bought from Michael’s to cut all these butterflies. One sheet was enough for 5 butterflies, or 5 pairs of wings. I’ve noticed that the intricate design cuts beautifully if the card stock is thin.

I created an offset layer for the backing for each of the wings and cut that with a rainbow foil card stock that I had received with one of my Simon Says Stamp card kit. This was perfect for creating all these gradient rainbow colored butterflies.

Then, I wanted to add an extra layer of the gold backing piece which was slightly bigger than the rainbow piece. This way, when you look at these butterflies from the top, you see all three layers.

To give the butterfly depth, I adhered the center side or the body of the butterfly with glue and the wings with foam tape. This gives the illusion that the butterfly wings are in flight.

These cards have so much dimension and layers to them.

For my first card I wanted to create a slimline card with three butterflies, each gradating in color from purple to green.

Second and Third cards

For the two cards with the large butterflies I created gate fold cards that unfold from the middle each flap having a half butterfly. These cards close to reveal a full butterfly, but can be opened to read a handwritten message. I created two cards; one with a pink to purple gradient and one with a blue to green gradient.

Second Set

The leftover negative pieces of these butterflies still stuck on my silhouette cutting mat gave me the idea.
They were just too pretty to be thrown away. I thought of picking them up with low-tack tape and adding them on a dark card stock to create the look of foiled butterflies. It was so easy and too much fun. Then, I die cut the body and the antenna for these butterflies using one of my Spellbinders die and the same gold foil card stock.

I made one card with the negative pieces of one large butterfly and one card with the negative pieces of two small butterflies. I loved how these turned out.

The sentiment of these cards are prestamped and precut sentiment strips from my stash which I had made a while ago using Taylored Expressions stamp and die. I used all birthday theme sentiments for my cards today.

It was a lot of fun creating these faux foiled butterfly cards. I was so happy with the result I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. I really hope you will give this idea a try.

You can visit Alex’s Etsy Shop if you are interested in purchasing these digital cut files:

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Soft Floral/Alex Syberia March Release

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Hope you’re all having a great day.

Sometimes I spend hours trying to achieve realism with copic markers. I am not an expert by all means. I myself am learning as I practice with each project I create.

I’m sharing two projects in my post today to explain how I created these soft florals with a quick but effective coloring technique.

First Card

I pritned The Spring Tulip A2 panel on 80lb neenah card stock.

I started coloring these beautiful flowers with just two copic colors. Started with B01 from the darkest deep parts of the petals flicking softly then followed with B000 blending the darker shade completely fading into white. I made sure I left most of the petal area white where highlight is supposed to be.

It was already looking so much better but I wanted to add a little variations of color on these soft petals. I added some color with Prismacolor pencils. Holding the pencil towards the bottom and lightly running the side of the sharp pencil to achieve soft light layer of color. Added PC 989 Charteuse and PC 916 Canary Yellow on the highlighted parts of petals.  Added some deapth along the shaded areas with PC 904 Light Cerulean Blue.

Finally colored the stamens with PC 916 Canary Yelow and PC 929 Rose.

I then cut my panel with one of my frequently used die from Mama Elephant Peekaboo window set, that cuts the panel to a stictched edge in A2 size. I then blended the edge of the panel with Rumbled Glass Diestressed oxide Ink. Added it with liquid glue in an A2 size card panel.

The sentiment is from my new Simon Says Stamp card kit that was lying on my desk. Finally added some clear sequins to finish my card.

Second Card

With the same coloring technique like my first card I colored this Peony Background image that was printed on 80lb neenah cardstock.

Uded R00 for the flowers and YG13 for the leaves. For added highlights on petals added Prismacolor in PC914 Cream and on the deep areas PC929 Rose. On the leaves added PC 989 Chartuse for the highlights.

The remaining empty spaced on the panel I used Black copic color to give it a back background. I loved how these soft flowers pop against the black.

The sentiment I have used for this card is from The Ton Stamps. Added some black Nuvo Drops to compliment the soft flowers.

Thank You for visiting. Hope this inspires you to color your digital projects in this easy to color technique.

You can purchase these digital stamps at Alex Syberia’s Etsy Shop.

Third Card

Here is the card I created and posted for the hop on my Instagram.

This one definitely is not soft floral card. But I wanted to include it in this post because this one. is also one. of the image from the release.

I have colored this image using copic markers.

The colors I have used for the flowers are Y32 Y35 Y38 and BV01

Then I added shadows with Prismacolor pencils in Spinach Orange PC 1003 and Dark Borwn PC 946

For the leaves I used YG 13 YG17 and YG67.

The sentiment is from one of the latest Simon Says Stamp stamp that came in my march Kit of the month. I stamped and embossed that on a black piece of cardstock with gold embossing powder.

This finished my last but not the least card.

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Alex Syberia Feb 2021 Release / Valentine’s Day Card

Hello Everyone!

We have a new release by Ales Syberia Designs. This release is full of cute love theme digital stamps that are perfect for Valentine’s Day Cards.

I have three cards to share with you today. I have used three different stamps from this release along with other sentiments and dies from different companies.

The First Card

Gnomes are so popular in greeting cards these days. I have created a bunch of Holiday Cards using gnome images. This image of a gnome couple is just so adorable. I decided to color them in pink shades of Copics.

Sometimes you feel like you never have enough copic marker to create the color combination of my liking. I thought I had too many reds and pinks but for this card I wanted to use soft pinks which I didn’t have. I decided on the hot pinks instead.

The background for this card is one of the Hero Arts Cover Die. I cut this with white 80lb card-stock and layered on top of an ink blended panel. I used this new color of the distressed oxide ink Speckled Eggs for the first time which was blended with Broken China and Evergreen Bough. I love how it looks like ocean.

The sentiment that says I Love You is from one of the Hero Arts Monthly Card kits from long time ago. I stamped and heat embossed with white on black and cut around it using a pair of scissors.

This finishes my first card.

The Second Card

Look how cute are these donuts. I admire Alex’s illustration talent so much. Her digital stamps are so beautifully drawn and fun to work with.

This one is called Cute Donuts. I’ve printed one of the readymade A2 card panel that Alex has designed. Coloring digital images in copics are my to go.

I colored these cute donuts in Earth tones of Copic markers. Cut the panel slightly smaller than an A2 card-base and added with foam tape for dimension.

When I saw this image I remebered that I had the sentiment from Hero arts stamp that goes with this image so well.

The sentiment I donut know what i’d do without you is stamped and embossed in white on black card-stock . I then added the sentiment of foam tape.

This finished my second card.

The Third Card

Last but not the least this card is my favorite of these three.

If these heart cookies were real I wouldn’t eat them but would just keep looking at them. They are so adorable. I used one of the readymade border of cookies for my card.

I colored this image with copics in reds and browns. I am still a beginner with copic coloring. I wanted to create a glaze on the cookies but didn’t turn out as good as I had thought.

I then cut it out using scissors and adhered using foam tapes.

I ink blended the background using Abandoned Coral, Barn door and Aged Mahogany Distressed Oxide inks which I think matched perfectly with my copic colors of the cookies.

The sentiment is again from another Hero Arts card kit. Embossed with white on the middle of the background panel. Looks like I have a Hero Arts and Alex Syberia collaboration going on. Plus Distressed oxide blends and Copic coloring.

This finishes my last card for today.

But I will be creating more cards with this release because as always all her stamps are irresistible.

Please do check out her Etsy Store and start coloring these cute and fun images.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/AlexSyberiaDesign?ref=shop_sugg

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Alex Syberia Release June 20

Hello everyone!

Today I have sharing some cards I created using the Alex Syberia Release for June 20. This release so fun with all beautiful images.

First Card

This card is created using the Alex Syberia Sunflower digital stamp. I colored this image using copic markers in the shades:

YR04, Y17, Y15, and Y08

And the stem and the leaves in

YG67, YG63 YG17 and YG13

This image of sunflower was just so pretty I didn’t want any distractions on the background. The cover cutting file from Silhoutte Design Store. It is called Pebbles Overlay by Lizzie Mayne. was a perfect backdrop for this beautiful image.

I glued the die cut on a white panel using liquid glue.

There are options to cut the digital images using a few softwares like Silhouette Machine, Cricut Machine or Brother scan and cut. For this particular project I decided to fussy cut it using scissors. Sometimes I find it hard to cut using scissors but most of the time when the image is large enough to cut around it I find it therapeutic.

The sentiment was from the Taylored Expressions stamp and die set. With which you can stamp and cut a bunch of different sentiments at once so it is always ready when you want to create a card.

Finally Embellished with some Nuvo Jewel Drops in clear color as I wanted the focus on the sunflower image.

Second Card

I used the Dogrose flower from this latest release by Alex Syberia. For my second card I wanted some ombre sky background. When I was getting the image ready for printing I added the ombre background and then printed it.

Now the background was already done, all I had to do was color the image.

I again picked Copic Markers for the coloring. For the flower I used:

RV55, RV42 and R00

For the berries:

R29,R27,R24

And for the leaves and stem believe it or not I only used one color

YG67

I colored all the leaves and after the marker was dry I went back and darkened the shadow area with the same color.

About the word Happy, I had downloaded this font from Silhouette Design store and simply typed the word and cut it with gold foil paper. The black offset layer is also cut with the silhouette machine. It is just an offset image of the word happy which I cut out of the black card-stock. I added the Birthday to you underneath to complete the sentiment which was already stamped, embossed and cut in a strip.

I also cut the thin frame border around the image out of the same gold foil card-stock with the help of the silhouette machine. I think that tied in all my elements together.

For the final finishing touch, I added some white gel pen on the highlighted areas on the berries. I added some gel pen on the stamen of the flowers and before the gel pen dried added some gold sparkle embossing powder and heat set it. This way I was able to achieve the metallic look on the center of the flowers.

This completed my second card.

Third Card

This sea shell border on the slimline format was my favorite in this release. This image was the first one I printed in light ink and started coloring. I was actually going for a almost realistic look while coloring I used watercolor for this one.

I am just a beginner in watercoloring and I am still learning a lot. My weakness is impatience with watercoloring. I cannot wait between layers. I tried my best to achieve the “realistic” look. At one point I was already getting frustrated with the painting which is so not like me. But I kept going and finished it.

The final result was worth the hours I spent on water-coloring this image.

I printed the sentiment in another piece and layered both the sentiment and the watercolored panel onto a teal green card-stock and then mounted it on a slimline base made out of a heavyweight card-stock.

Finally added some flat back green jewels to embellish this card and call it done.

This completed my third and last card for this release. In near future I may want to make a few more cards with this release.

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AlexSyberiaDesign May Digi Stamp Release Blog Hop/ Giveaway

Kokeshi dolls are Japanese wooden dolls for children that have been crafted for over 150 years. One characteristic of these dolls is their lack of arms or legs. These dolls come in many colors and are full of personality.

This release of Alex Syberia digital stamps has three kokeshi dolls and she has given them thier own names. Fumiko, Akemi and Mitsuki.

There is also a very special giveaway for you guys in this post. Don’t forget to check all the way down at the bottom of this post for more details!

Today I have two cards to share with you featuring these adorable dolls. As soon as I saw this new release I was super excited about these beautiful doll images.

First Card

Meet Akemi.

Whenever I think of anything Japanese it automatically reminds me of Cherry blossoms, so I wanted my cards to have cherry blossoms in the background.

I colored Akemi using copics in red shades R24 R27 and R39, her hair in black copic marker, and some parts shaded with C9 and C7. Her skin is colored in E00 and E04.

For my first card, I took a panel of craft card-stock piece. I then cut it using two of the large Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die to cut a border. The inside piece of the panel I embossed using Spellbinders embossing folder.

I used Altenew Vintage Flowers Die to cut some smaller flowers in three sizes and the large stem out of white piece of scrap card-stock. I colored the flowers in using distressed oxide ink in color Barn Door. The stem is colored with distressed oxide in Deep Mahogany.

I attached the stem on the embossed piece with art glitter glue, then I arranged the flowers some added with liquid glue and some on foam tapes, creating a look of a blooming cherry blossom. I then added some Ink of Stella clear pen on the flowers and her dress. The middle of the flowers are embellished with white Nuvo drops.

Finally the panel was added on a top-folding A2 size card base made out of craft card-stock and the rectangle border adhered with foam tapes to create a frame around it.

Second Card

Meet Mitsuki.

I colored her using copic markers in shades of light blue, pink and red. Her hair is colored in black. Her glasses in light blue.

For the background of this card I took a panel of light pink cardstock blended Red Barn distressed oxide ink from the top fading towards the middle.

This card also would look lovely with cherry blossoms on the background. I decided on blue flowers for this one to match her kimono. I used the Altenew Vintage Flower stem die to cut the stem and colored it with copic in E34. I used the flower die from Spellbinders Small die of the month for March 20 to cut some flowers. I colored the flowers with the same blue Copic I used on her dress.

The sentiment is from Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamp set.

The sentiment and Mitsuki are added on the background using foam tapes.

Finally added some ink of stella on the flowers and Mitsuki’s kimono.

It was wonderful creating cards with these super adorable Kokeshi dolls illustrated by Talented Alex Syberia, and I am so honored to be designing for her.

Here are the other cards I created using this release.

http://www.cardsncraftsnyc.com/blog/

Here’s where you can buy these stamps along with the other images with this release.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/AlexSyberiaDesign?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=779687116

Alex Syberia Release Blog Hop and Giveaway

Here’s a link to her Instagram page to view all her beautiful creations:

https://www.instagram.com/alexsyberia/

Here is a link to her blog.

http://alexsyberia.com/?p=5791&preview=true

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I hope this inspires you.

Giveaway


To celebrate this release, Alex is giving away 7 $10 gift certificates. Please leave a comment on each of the participating designers’ blogs/IG accounts in this blog hop by 05/22/2020 for a chance to win. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs/IG accounts listed below and will be announced on Alex’s blog on 05/23/2020.

You must have come here from TaeEun yoo ‘s blog. Your next stop after my blog will be Coleen Balija.

Here is the full list of participants of his hop to celebrate this wonderful release by Alex Syberia

Alex Syberia

Amber Rain Davis

Hannelie Bester

Nora Niskanen

Ilda Dias

Natasha Vacca

LauraJane

Jenny Colacicco

Yasmin Diaz

Tina Wilstrup

Rebecca Rapanaro

TaeEun Yoo

Jyoti Adhikari >>>You are Here

Colleen Balija>>>Your Next Stop

Sandhya Iyer

Rightbrainart

Nicoletta Porcu

Sharon White

Elena Cazares

Bonnie Crane

Melissa Goodman

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Pencil Coloring With Alex Syberia May 20 Release

Pencil coloring digital stamps is something I’ve been doing a lot lately.

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.

I am definitely a beginner in pencil coloring but I am learning as I’m coloring.

I have a few cards to share with you today.

First card

My first card can be a little bit more masculine card I think because it’s not floral. This is a very neatly illustrated Aloe Closeup digital stamp by Alex Syberia.

I printed this image on a 60lb weight white card stock and cut it to 4 inches by 5 and a quarter inches.

I then started coloring using my color pencils. I picked all the green color pencils I own by Prosmacoloror and Polychromos. A reference photo of an aloe plant is what I thought would be helpful to use to color this .

I then started coloring the image accordingly picking light or dark shades of green. I then blended the color using prismacolor colorless blender pencil. I added some dark green to the shadowed areas.

The sentiment is from one of the Hero Arts stamp set stamped and embossed on a dark gray cardstock. I then matted this on another piece of dark gray cardstock cut slightly bigger than it.

Then to finish it off I mounted it on a A2 size top folding card base made with heavyweight 110 lb white cardstock.

Second Card

My second card features this beautiful succulent illustration by Alex Syberia. I am so impressed by how beautifully this image is drawn.

I colored this image in purples and blues. I wanted to mimic the look of this bluish/purplish succulent I found an image online.

This image is a little bit elongated than a regular card size so I wanted to create a slimline card with it. But since I didn’t measure the image before printing I ended up getting smaller image to cover the whole slimline card front. The colored piece was matted with black cardstocks slightly bigger than it. Adhered this is using foam tape.

So I added the sentiment on the bottom to cover for the mistake I made. The sentiment is from Altenew stamp, stamped and embossed in white on black . The word die is also from Altenew Scripty Words.

I finished off this card with some black flat sequins added with the help of art glitter glue.

The Third Card

Here’s the third card I created using Sweet Gardenia digital stamp by Alex Syberia. I printed this fussy cut it out using scissors. I colored this image in a little different style than the first two cards.

Using the pink shades of sharp polychromos pencils. I colored the shadow parts of this flowers to create depth and dimension to this beautiful flower image. Leaving a lot of white areas for highlights. This flower is added on the card using foam tapes.

The background is an embossed piece using spellbinders embossing folder. Matted with pink cardstock that matches the color of the flower.

I layered a small piece of ink blended cardstock cut with scallop border die from MFT stamps. A strip of glitter cardstock added to decorate the strip.

The sentiment hello is a word die from MFT stamps. It is cut with a pink cardstock dipped in embossing ink and embossed using sparking clear embossing powder and then added on it’s background die cut.

This card has already a lot going on so I feel like it didn’t need any embellishments.

I hope you liked these cards I created mainly focusing on pencil coloring techniques and Alex Syberia digital Release from May 2020.

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Jyoti

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