Sunday, October 14, 2012

Butterfly Birthday Card

My neighbor and I have birthdays that are just two days apart.  We finally got around to exchanging our gifts last week (our birthdays were in July!).  I made this card for her using some of my favorite things - shimmer cardstock, gems and vellum.  She likes butterflies so I chose a sentiment printed on a butterfly from Craftwork Cards for the front of the card and added some more butterflies on the inside.

The card design is an original that I created and I cut it on the Cameo.  I wanted to use vellum as a liner so the inset cut design would be highlighted.  I attached the liner only at the top of the inside of the card. 

The tape tends to show through vellum so I cut a strip of silver glitter paper and adhered it on top of the vellum to finish the top.

I placed clear gems at the tips of each teardrop shape around the oval center of the card.

The vellum has a subtle pattern.  When I bought it, it was a package of 25 sheets and the colors looked much brighter with all of the layers stacked.  You can see the pretty design better in this photo. The two butterflies were punched with the Martha Stewart monarch butterfly punch in the same silver Dazzle paper as the strip at the top.

By adhering the vellum only at the inside top of the card the layer can float free and the cutwork design is highlighted.

This scalloped oval "hides" behind the oval on the front of the card so when it is closed you do not see the sentiment (smudged out for this photo).

I added more small clear gems along the outer edge of the design and used a black pearl for the head of the butterfly.  The butterfly is creased in the center and adhered on just one wing so it can "fly."

Several people have asked me when I will have my original design files available for sale.  I am still planning on offering files but some recent family injuries and illnesses have postponed the launch of my store (family first!).  I'll keep you posted...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  For the rest of the month, everyone who leaves a comment on my blog will have a chance to win this Sizzix "Scrap Pink" set.  You can see more photos and details at THIS POST.  For more chances, you can leave a comment everyday for the rest of the month - but just one comment per day please.

I did manage to find a few "treasures" at our town ReUsit day on Saturday.  The best find was an old Scrabble game.  I have some plans for those tiles!

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  1. I've been making great use of that Dazzle card stock ever since you told us about it. I can cut the tiniest sentiments for cards out of it using a double cut and Design Studio. They are beautiful!

  2. Such a beautiful card. Unfortunately I have never found any Dazzle. I've been looking since you forst told us about it. You have a great talent for designing special cuts.

  3. this is a beautiful card! love the idea to cover the tape!

  4. Beautiful card! I love the little butterflies on the inside.

  5. Opening a store sounds great. Will like to see your progress as time moves along.
    Pretty card. Love butterflies. Any word about C M?
    Thanks Dawn

  6. Beautiful card, Diane. I love everything about it.

  7. So ptretty abd shimmery. Just as a butterfly should be.

  8. I love butterflies too! Beautiful paper and wonderful original card design!

  9. Hi Diane, Love the card. I know it is intricate but it gives a simple and elegant impression. Nice! Hope your illnesses and injuries are soon a thing of the past! Always look forward to your crafty ideas.

  10. Lovely, lovely card! I have a "thing" for butterflies!

    rissaflor atyahoo dotcom

  11. What a stunning birthday card, I bet she just loved it. TFS!


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