Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Butterfly Challenge #43 + Q is for Quadruple

Finally managed make a card for Mrs A's latest Butterfly challenge - which is Q is for Quadruple.

I returned to a 'technique' which is based on 'triple stamping' where you stamp onto layers of card and then build up those layers on your card, with plain card as a 'frame' on each layer.

A good while back I discovered that this is a really fun way to use up papers instead of the stamping technique, although I still love that as well of course. Previously I'd only ever made cards with three layers using papers - but for Mrs A's challenge I opted for four layers as my 'quadruple':
I used:

- 7" x 7" square white card blank - it's a big card as I'd already decided on the big die cut butterfly and sentiment, but you can make smaller versions

- first of all I cut the four plain green layers using SU's 'Always Artichoke' card stock. I wanted each green layer to be half an inch smaller all round than the one behind it - they measured 6.75" x 6.75",  5.75" x 5.75", 4.75" x 4.75" and 3.75" x 3.75"

- my next step was a bit wasteful but in truth I have more patterned papers than I'll ever use if I live to be as old as Methuselah. I could have messed around 'gutting' the paper but just went for the wasteful option. (Although I did keep the resulting 'waste' strips for another technique I want to try out!) 

- I found an 8" x 8" paper pad (LOTV's 'Country Lady') which had four identical sheets in (most pads have two or three repeats, four is less usual). Then I cut four identical layers measuring 6.5" x 6.5" and set one layer aside for the very back layer

- now the next step - which won't work if you just reduce the size of the patterned paper by an inch on two adjacent  edges - trust me, I found this out the hard way a long while ago. Take another of the 6.5" square papers and trim off half an inch from each of the four sides, then set to one side (on the back I marked an arrow so I didn't lose sight of which was the top edge of the paper) - this layer will measure 5.5" x 5.5"

- then take another layer of patterned paper and trim off one inch from each of the four sides, then set to one side - this layer will measure 4.5" x 4.5" 

- take the last piece of patterned paper and trim off one and a half inches from each of the four sides - this layer will measure 3.5" x 3.5"

- then I layered up the card front by popping each patterned piece of paper onto a quarter inch larger piece of plain card - which gives a border of an eighth of an inch all round. Tip, I also marked an arrow on the back of the plain pieces of card so I'd still know which way up to assemble the finished layers

- and then I added all four layers to the card blank - for the whole process I did use Collall All Purpose glue as my 'eye-balling skills' are zilch and I do need some 'wiggle room'

- the sentiment is from SU's 'Sincere Salutations' set, stamped onto a white snippet using Brilliance 'Pearlescent Ivy' ink and then punched out using SU's 'Decorative Label' punch and fixed to the card front with thin sticky pads

- the butterfly was die cut from a snippet of 'Always Artichoke' and a snippet of SU's 'Riding Hood Red' card stock - using the fabulous Memory Box 'Darla' and Vivienne' dies. Layered together with the lacy butterfly only stuck in the centre, fixed to the card front with thin sticky pads and then a few (four, so another quadruple!) pearls down the body

I really think this technique works well, probably better and less fussy with just three layers, but Mrs A's 'quadruple' led me to try four out for a change - and I'm so pleased I managed to join in with the Butterfly Challenge this time, albeit a bit at the last minute. I've missed a couple lately and was waiting for a swift slap round the head for my troubles :) Or even worse, to be given the part of the rear end of a camel or donkey in the Playground Nativity Play!

Di
x

26 comments:

  1. This is just perfect Miss. I love the pink and green colours together and just this once (cos i likes yer) you will be forgiven for wasting the design papers behind the green panels. Love that gorgeous big butterfly with the flour pearls that haven't gone unnoticed. Thankyou for fluttering in for the last butterfly challenge of this yr.
    Hugs Mrs A.
    ps. I have just the part for you in the nativity play. You can be the moeny lender who sits by the gate and collects all the dues and accounts for everyones whereabouts on census night. Now of you go and iron your tea towel and be back 9am sharp for rehersals.

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  2. A lovely card Di - lovely colours. Quadruple papers and quadruple pearls - you must be at the top of the class!
    Kath x

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  3. Fantastic card Di
    love the design
    one big hug
    Tamara

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  4. Lovely colours and design. It's so effective. Thanks for the tip top too. X

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  5. Love this!!! I'd completely forgotten about this way of layering papers, and I think I last tried it more than 2 years ago, so thank you for the reminder! x

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  6. Super matting and layering Di, so very eye catching and the butterfly the perfect finishing touch. I am coming out to play in a moment - I know shock horror I remembered.

    B x

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  7. I'd never thought of using this technique using patterned paper - clever and effective. I too'might' have lots of patterned paper - who am I kidding!! Never mind the donkey does need a rear end so an important role to be offered.

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  8. What a great idea Di . . . and brilliant explanation of how to do the layers PROPERLY, as I know that if I hadn't read about cutting off ALL 4 edges, I woulda made a cock up!

    No need to be rear end of the Donkey . . . although the Camel idea could work!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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    1. Tee, hee - then, if Parsnip can't be Baby Jesus perhaps he'd be the hump instead? He's bound to take the hump anyhow if he isn't Baby Jesus!

      Hugs

      Di xx

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  9. Great idea Di and wonderful clear instructions love it

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  10. This is so beautiful, I love the papers and the butterfly!
    Thank you for joining us,
    Tina, GD on Butterfly Challenge

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  11. An absolutely stunning card Di - just awesome and oh so classy too. Those papers were just meant for that die cut image and the colours you used on it. Very clever colour mixing and matching, totally inspired Karen x

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  12. This is very pretty Di and everything lines up beautifully. I love that butterfly too and the pink and green work wonderfully together. Thanks for the very clear instructions for the perfect finish! x

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  13. Beautiful Di. Yes I love this technique too. Your card is lovely. Barbxx

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  14. Wow!! This quadruple layers card is just a catch-eyes!! And such a sweetie paper! Love it soooo much!

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  15. This grabs mee right between the eyes, Di! It's a stunner! What a ton of work goes into this technique, and you went the extra layer which is very impressive! And I was ever so worried that you would end up on the wrong side of Mrs. A and have to play an arse in the production! Phew! If all the other rolls are taken, you can play the part of my sister Maxie. I didn't bother mentioning her to Mrs. A., but she lives with the Mister and me in a small room upwind of the blacksmith fire. Well, really twas what she deserved after last Christmas when she ate all the plum pudding and then lied about it and was thus thoroughly banished from Turnerville (just east of Bethlehem). I still don't know how she made it all the way to our place barefoot and nekid, but of course we took her in. Some days posses out of Turnerville scour the hillsides for her so we have to keep her hidden. She even grew in her mustache just for extra insurance against being recognized. But it's been 17 years now, so most people have forgotten and I think it would be nice for her to be represented in the Nativity if you don't mind having that honor. Just a thought. Then again, mayhaps playing an arse would be more appealing than playing the part of a thieving liar. Sometimes I get my morals mixed up. Hugs, Darnell

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    1. Oh good grief! Darnell, this had me rolling in the aisles - I'll happily play the role of an ass or even an ass thank you very much!

      Hugs

      Di xx

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  16. I always love the 'triple layers' and have never attempted one (sum day!), but really like this quad layer. Aren't you the clever Miss to use your quadruple feature that way. It does NOT look fussy at all and the tiny floral design of the dp is so pretty, and perfectly used this way. Of course the MB Darla is one of my fav dies too, Always makes a stunning statement. Some cute stories about the Nativity play, brightened a dreary afternoon reading through them. Big hugs, Beautiful card, TFS

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  17. Fab card - I've always meant to have a go at this but never made it so far........
    of course I wonder how thick it is with postage charges and all that?

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    1. Just got my postage slot gauge thingy out to try it and without the raised sentiment and butterfly it would slide through as normal postage (including the envelope) - but then it would look a bit 'flat' :) Three layers and a non raised sentiment/butterfly would be fine though. Or, hand delivery :)

      Hugs

      Di xx

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  18. I love this layered technique Di, and it looks fabulous with the lovely LOTV paper, and topped off with the gorgeous butterfly. Great job, and good clear instuctions too.
    Jean x

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  19. What a pretty card this is and a wonderful idea to use up papers. I was just looking at all my pattern paper this afternoon and thinking I should try to use it. You are just brilliant. I haven't been around much but have scrolled through trying to catch up. I love all your recent cards and the choices you made. I love the chipmunk card, it is so cute. I'm so glad to hear your toe is not broken and hope it is continuing to feel better. Thinking of you and sending happy toe thoughts.

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  20. That's some gorgeous, precision layering Di, and I love the pretty butterfly! Great card!

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  21. Lovely card, Di, and thanks for the instructions on how you quadrupled the triple technique. I think you will find that it is I who will be playing the back end of any animal of Mrs A's choice in the Playground Nativity Play - you see, I've missed more than just a couple of her challenges :( Hugs, Elizabeth xx

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