The Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Beauty die set has everything you need to cut out lots of butterflies. I particularly like the two large dies that can be used individually or layered on top of each other.
I started by cutting out the two layers in Whisper White and Lovely Lipstick and stuck them together.
To add further dimension and interest, I added Dimensionals on the back…
…and then mounted the whole thing on a Smoky Slate layer embossed with the Layered Leaves (retired) embossing folder and then onto a Basic Grey cardbase.
After making this card, I wondered how it would work making an inlaid butterfly, like I did previously with the retired (sniff!) dragonfly from the Detailed Dragonfly die set. As you’ve probably realised about me by now, I like a bit of ink blending so I inked up a panel in a rainbow palette.
Top tip for these dies: stick some double sided craft adhesive sheet on the back of your card before die cutting – it saves faffing about trying to apply glue to tiny pieces or thin strips of card.
Using Basic Black card, I cut out each of the two butterfly dies. The first one, I used black for the back layer and cut the top butterfly layer from the rainbow panel. I mounted this on a thick Whisper White cardbase that I had embossed with the planks embossing folder (also now retired!).
Then came to my butterfly rainbow jigsaw! So, this turned out to be much more of a faff that I had anticipated….locating all those tiny pieces.
I stuck the black butterfly top layer onto a white mat and then inserted all the pieces into their matching holes. This was then mounted on a Basic Black card base. It was a very fiddly operation and, to be honest, I’m not sure I’d do another one. However, the finished card looks super!
When I first started card making, I was completely flummoxed as to how these kinds of cards were created! Little did I know that it’s actually quite straight forward and just requires some precise cutting of layers but looks super impressive.
I started off cutting my layers, mats and card base as follows:
The next job is to use temporary adhesive to stack up the layers to be stamped. I used a tiny bit of snail adhesive that I patted on my clothes a few times to reduce the stickiness as the layers will need to be taken apart again later without damaging them.
I stamped the greeting onto the front panel and then used an All Adorned stamp (from Sale-A-Bration) and Sahara Sand ink for background interest. As I wanted a light background pattern, I used second generation stamping by stamping off first onto scrap paper and then stamping onto the card layer. I found it necessary to press a little harder that usual to get down the ‘drops’ at the edge of the layers. There was a slight break in the stamping but this would be covered by the mat layers so no need to panic!
The next step was to add the coloured focal element. I used the rose from Forever Lovely and Lovely Lipstick ink. Once this stage was complete, the layers were pulled apart again ready for mounting onto the mats.
A good point to remember is to ensure you don’t inadvertently turn a piece the wrong way up! The images should line up either side of the mat layers. I stuck the largest layer onto the card base, then mounted the top and second layers onto their respective mats.
The top piece was adhered to the centre of the second layer and I added a contrasting ribbon for some added interest. This layer was then mounted onto the card base using dimensional foam pieces.
This card features the large rose from Frosted Bouquet and Bermuda Bay ink.
The card liner was also stamped with the same design for a coordinated look.
Another version of Frosted Bouquet and Lovely Lipstick on Smoky Slate.
My cards this week use a technique called Floating Frames, which I saw on Jennifer McGuire’s YouTube channel. She is a very talented crafter and makes everything look so effortless! The technique uses lots of die cuts mounted on foam adhesive to create a frame which looks like it is floating above the card. It has the added bonus in that the process also creates a decorative panel for another card – two for the price of one!
I used the large rose and thistle images from Frosted Florals and their matching thinlits to create my die cuts, using Lovely Lipstick and Mint Macaron inks.
The next step was to position these die cuts over a piece of scrap card cut to the size of my required frame and then covered with a layer of GLAD Press’n Seal (available from Amazon). This holds the pieces in place by temporarily adhering them to the scrap card.
I then cut around the scrap card to create the outside of the frame and then positioned the die to cut out the shape. I used a heart but any shape will work.
This creates the frame and the decorative panel.
The next step was to remove the backing card and add foam adhesive to support the pieces. I had thought that this job was quite labour intensive, however this paled into insignificance when it came to taking the backing pieces off, which took an absolute ETERNITY!!!!
What I did discover was that the piece is quite unstable once the card is removed! It’s almost impossible to lift into position as the film is flimsy and the sticky bits try to stick to each other. I don’t recall Jennifer having this trouble!! Anyhow, I got around it by lining up the pieces face down on my grid paper and then placing the card on top.
The final part is to remove the Press’n Seal. This had to be done slowly as it was quite sticky and the film did leave a tacky residue so I dabbed over the pieces with my Embossing Buddy.
So here are the finished pieces. On the frame, I added some rhinestones in the gaps and a Happy Anniversary sentiment.
For the second card, I added pearl accents into the gaps and left it blank to add an appropriate sentiment at a later date.
This week’s post has been inspired by the beautiful sights of swathes of wisteria, tulips and daffodils that seem to be everywhere. I love flowers, in particular scented flowers, and I like to cut some from the garden to put in vases in the house. Just a few scented flowers in an arrangement can fragrance the whole downstairs of the house.
For this project, I used the Varied Vases stamps and the matching punch.
The vase options are an outline to colour in yourself, solid or a patterned style. I opted for the patterned style and stamped them in Bermuda Bay ink and then punched them out.
After stamping the scalloped edging, I roughly positioned the vases so I knew where to stamp the flowers that would be in the vases. The flowers have an outline stamp that you can colour in or there is a matching solid stamp to fill them in, which is what I used with Cherry Cobbler ink.
The card was finished by stamping the sentiments and mounting onto a Bermuda Bay card base.
This is a similar design but in landscape format with Mint Macaron and Lovely Lipstick.
My third card was made by stamping the vase outline onto some Gingham Gala DSP and punching it out. To give the vase a different look, I overlaid a layer of velum on top. The punch cuts out the tulip flower and leaf so I stamped and punched those using Tuxedo Black, Lemon Lime Twist and Lovely Lipstick inks and attached the leaves to the back of the vase. I then drew round the vase arrangement lightly with pencil onto a piece of Whisper White so that I could stamp the other tulip leaves, flowers and stems.
I then stamped the scalloped edging at the bottom of the vase and the sentiment to the right. Once the ink was dry, the pencil line was erased and the piece was cut out using a scalloped oval die. The vase was mounted using dimensionals and a mini dimensional was used under the single tulip head to give a 3D element to the arrangement. The piece was mounted onto a layer of Lemon Lime Twist card that had been textured using the Layered Leaves embossing folder and a piece of the polka dot tulle ribbon.
As the weather has been superb this week, Mr L and I have been spending quite a lot of time out in the garden and in greenhouse, sowing vegetable and flower seeds. I love the potential of this time of year; the bright green buds of new leaf growth, tiny new shoots emerging through the soil together with the amazing colour variety of spring flowers. The insects are also emerging. It’s lovely to see lots of bees and butterflies flying around, although our pussy cats’ favourite game at the moment is catching (and eating – gross!) butterflies, much to my chargrin. To compensate for our cats’ antisocial behaviour, I have sown a multitude of flowers that are attractive to butterflies and bees, providing lots nectar and pollen for them. It’s the least I can do!
Butterflies are the subject of my cards this week, using the Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Gala stamp and accompanying punch and the Crackle Paint background stamp.
I began by stamping and punching out the butterflies. I like to add odd numbered accents to my card so I used 2 large and 1 small butterfly for each card. My colour themes were to be monochrome and pink/white/black so I used Lovely Lipstick ink and a Wink of Stella brush to colour one set of butterflies and the Wink of Stella by itself for the other set.
Once coloured in, I mounted each butterfly onto a Basic Black or Lovely Lipstick foil background, adhering only the body section so that the wings could be gently folded up to provide some 3D interest.
The background pieces were stamped using the Crackle Paint stamp using black ink. The sentiments are from Butterfly Gala and Forever Lovely and cut out using the stitched rectangle framelits and the Pretty Label punch. To complete the butterflies, I added some gemstones for the heads.