Monday, April 15, 2013

Butterfly Birthday Card

This cheerful birthday card was designed with a butterfly shape from the group of images that were included with my Silhouette SD and the Grenouille font.

I tried two versions - one with a sentiment and one with blank space for stamping.  I altered the butterfly shape to have just the wings cut into the card front and created a separate body.

The letters were modified to make them cut like a stencil so the centers would not be lost.

 I used a double cut and the tiny letters cut cleanly except for the tail of the "y."  Fortunately, it was easy to trim the tiny piece that was "stuck."

The wings are gently lifted so they "fly" above the card.

It takes some time to alter the cuts and set up the file but when you are finished the design can be used over and over for a quick card.  The card base is Core'dinations white gemstone cardstock, the green and orange glitter cardstock is from DCWV and the top layer is solid cardstock from CTMH.

The layer of glitter cardstock used as a mat adds sparkle quickly and easily.

No adhesive was used on the antennae of the butterfly to add a little more dimension.  I found that I needed to do two double cuts to make a clean cut of the butterfly body in the heavy glitter cardstock.  I checked before unloading the mat after the first cut and realized that a second cut was needed.  Since I hadn't unloaded the mat I simple pressed "Cut Again" to make the cuts in exactly the same place on the mat.

This card can be mailed easily and should "fluff up" when it is removed from the envelope.

I couldn't resist adding gems in three corners but you could leave these off or use dots punched from glitter cardstock for the corners to make the card more "mailing-friendly."

Be sure to stop by tomorrow for directions on creating the file with the Silhouette Studio software.

Happy Patriot's Day (in Maine & Massachusetts) and Happy (?) Income Tax Day.  If you are getting (or have already received) a refund will you be spending any of it on crafty purchases? 

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this card.I can't wait to give it a try. Thank you Thank you.

  2. Hi Diane, this is a great card, love how you modified the butterfly cut. Looking forward to the "how to" on the design, can wait to try it. Thanks very much! Jan


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