I’ll be honest, when the Fanatical About Botanical challenge in the Moxie Fab World went up, I thought to myself, “What the heck is botanical?”  That is definitely not a style I was familiar with and thought really long and hard about how to go about it.  It did not come naturally.  Ha.  No pun intended.  My short description of botanical is to think of ‘realistic’ drawings that were used to identify and categorize plants and animals.

I literally had to go through EVERY stamp set I own to get some sort of inspiration.  At last I came upon Be Still and the heavens parted.  An amazing light shone down directly onto my print sheet.  Ok seriously, not that dramatic, but I did exclaim, “that’s it” and nearly scared my dozing hubby half to death.

As you can see I focused on the butterfly image.  I only wanted a slight bit of color, therefore only one is in its blue beauty.  Realistic, eh, maybe.  My pencil work isn’t that sophisticated, but I thought it looked perty.  I wanted something subtle going on in the background, so I embossed the black label with a script embossing folder.

Well, this is my first ‘knowledgeable’ attempt at botanical.  I may have done this style before without knowing it, but we won’t count that.  ha.

Hope your weekend is going swimmingly.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

stamps: Be Still {Unity}
cardstock: beetle black, kraft {Bazzill}
ink: colored pencils {Prismacolor}
die cuts & punches: labels 8 {spellbinder}, script embossing folder {cuttlebug}


  1. lynn

    look at this!! so very sweet, lisa!

  2. lostinpaper

    LOVE this! What a fabulous card Lisa, it’s perfect for the botanicals challenge. I totally love everything about it!

  3. Rockwell Designs

    Love that you colored only 1 butterfly! Making the background neutral lets the butterfly really pop. Your card has a lovely vintage feel to it.

  4. Kary

    Hi Lisa! This card is beautiful!! Love the butterflies esp the coloured one. The sentiment is beautifully framed & I love the embossed background too. Have a lovely weekend! Hugs, Kary

  5. Toni Storie

    This is beautiful! I love the single colored butterfly!

  6. Virginia L.

    This is so very lovely, Lisa!! Love the touch of blue in this!!

  7. Sav O'G

    SUPER gorgeous!! I LOVE the butterfly that pops! Super beautiful!

  8. ~amy~

    Oh lisa, this is gorgeous!!!

  9. Karen M

    I love your botanical card Lisa! It’s totally fabby and love the blue coloring in the butterfly!! 🙂

  10. Anne t

    Definitely botanical and definitely lovely!!

  11. Sarah

    love love love the butterflies….so pretty!

  12. Emily Leiphart

    That sentiment is so true with regards to your card, Lisa! This is amazing!

  13. Lindsey

    This is beautiful! I love the shaped card, the one coloured butterfly, and the layered sentiment. WOW!

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  15. Cath

    Hey Lisa! Thanks for linking this up to the Fanatical About Botanical challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I’m so glad you joined in on all the fun! 🙂

  16. Jocelyn

    Hee hee! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who didn’t know what the “botanical style” was. Your card is so stunning! The blue butterfly is mighty pretty! Awesome take on the challenge.

  17. ruby2shoes

    Wow you do botanical so very well! BEAUTIFUL card Lisa, so calm and elegant!

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