Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Butterfly Challenge #58 - Butterflies + D is for Dimension and/or Denim

Ooops, screeching into Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge at the last minute - as is often the case! Here's my 'Denim' plus (what I hope is enough) 'Dimension' butterfly card:
I used:

- 4" x 6" white card blank, tent style

- piece of pale blue denim print paper from the Joanna Sheen 'Haberdashery' paper pack, trimmed slightly smaller than the card front and glued in place

- white card for the two front layers, die cut using the Spellbinders 'Resplendent Rectangles' set then glued the bigger layer in place

- the smaller layer needed a sentiment stamping onto it and I did some fiddling with the Misti. Basically, I was using an Elzybells sentiment stamp, which is solid red rubber and also wanted to be sure that it stamped fully. I was using Memento 'Paris Dusk' ink so knew I had a good start there. Here's how I adapted the Misti. I placed the Stampin' Up thin clear plastic sheet from the SU stamp positioner onto the Misti and popped the two magnets on it to hold it in place. Having swiped the back of the stamp with removeable tape runner, I then placed the sentiment stamp face down onto the clear plastic sheet, where it would be picked up by the lid

- firmly closed and then opened the Misti lid and at that point I had the stamp secured to the lid and the plastic held in place by magnets. Inked up the stamp and closed the lid - which left the image on the acetate. Hope you're still with me - if not just shout and I'll do a further post with some photos

- next took the already die cut top white layer of card and lifted just one of the magnets to slip it underneath the plastic sheet so I could line the sentiment up where I wanted it (could see this as the sentiment was already stamped onto the clear plastic sheet of course)

- it's really important to keep the plastic sheet in the same position whilst you slip the piece of card underneath as the stamp is going to come down in the very same place as it was picked up from. Once happy, and it took seconds, I held the piece of card in place with the magnet I'd removed earlier, removed the plastic sheet altogether and for extra 'belt, braces and double knicker elastic' also added the second magnet

- re-inked the sentiment with the same ink pad and then stamped it onto the top layer of white card. Sure enough, it took more than one go to get a clear, even image - phew, that fiddling on was so worth it!

- then die cut one white butterfly and one pale blue denim butterfly, using Memory Box dies called 'Darla' and 'Vivienne', layered them so that the denim blue lace wings were flicked up and then stuck the butterfly in place onto the card front

Hindsight being what it is, I could have saved all the fiddling round with the Misti and the clear plastic if I'd thought to stamp the sentiment onto a piece of white card first in roughly the right position and then do the die cutting afterwards - duh :(

Di
x

25 comments:

  1. Beautiful card, Di. Love the die cut shapes and the gorgeous butterfly. I was reading through your instructions for using the Misti, but not having one, I was getting slightly confused. As I continued reading, I couldn't work out why you hadn't stamped the sentiment first, then die cut the shape so that the sentiment was in the right place.......then I got to your last sentence. LOL! xx

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  2. This is so beautiful Di with that pale blue denim coloured paper and then the Resplendent Rectangles and the pretty butterfly using the denim for the top layer works wonderfully, and that ink is the perfect complementary shade of blue... totally gorgeous!! x

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  3. So pretty Di. Isn't it great when we figure out a short cut AFTER struggling??!! :) You'll remember it for next time. xx

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  4. Hehe.... all through the Misti description I was thinking "Why didn't she just stamp before cutting?" then saw that you'd realised just the same thing! But your end result is gorgeous, so delicate and elegant
    jane

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  5. That's pretty and made the deadline I imagine. Had to smile at your adventures with the Misti before you realised it could have had a simple solution - sort of thing I'd do!!

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  6. Hi Di,
    what a very wonderful card for the butterfly challenge.
    I love your design,and the wonderful stamped sentiment.
    Such a very gorgeous butterfly also.
    I see you had more luck with finding denim card or paper than I did.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  7. Really lovely card Di. I have those Butterfly dies and even though I have other pretty butterfly dies, they are STILL amongst my faves.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  8. Wow!! This is super-pretty!!Great interpretation of the Butterfly challenge theme and love the frames, it's a so elegant and feminine card!

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  9. This is gorgeous -- I love every single die you used on this. That paper really does look like worn denim, and I see dimension aplenty, so I think you're good there.

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  10. A beautiful card and well worth the fiddling!
    Kath x

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  11. Lovely card, Di. I love the blue denim background. But couldn't you have avoided the plastic by securing the white die cut first and then lining the sentiment to that?
    ps. Thank you for mentioning me in your last post as a first time playmate. This is a very close-knit group and I am enjoying reading your posts. I'm away for a bit, but I hope to play along when I get back. Thank you for sharing your instructions on making your cards.

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    1. unfortunately not Trina as the stamp isn't clear so I couldn't see what I was trying to line up! It's red rubber.

      Di x

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  12. Regardless of the procedure you chose, this turned out to be a stunning card! I love the fluttering butterfly and especially those beautiful blue colors!

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  13. Oh this is gorgeous, Di! I need to use those Spellbinders--clearly I have too much stuff as I've forgotten them! By the way, there's a free download at Sweet Petunia for a grid you can get printed on acetate to use for lining up sentiments. Basically works just like what you did, though. How fun you got to meet Darnell & wish I could have been there to meet you & others I "know" from the blog world!

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    1. Wow thanks Greta - that's so good to know. I just watched the video and will be using this if ever I'm stupid enough to try it another time :)

      Hugs

      Di xx

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  14. We live and learn,(thankfully). It's a very pretty card, that butterfly is so delicate.

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  15. Ooooooooo I do like that spellbinders rectangle die. Looks lovely with the denim card and the butterfly. Thankyou for screeching into the challenge though your not quite the last one in. hugs Mrs A.

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  16. This is gorgeous Di and I Love the butterfly and the sentiment. Forget hindsight.... you did it the fun way xx

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  17. Beautiful card Di, I love the denim paper and the butterfly is so pretty.
    Janice x

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  18. A really beautiful card Di. The denim paper is lovely and what gorgeous rectangle dies. Barbxx

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  19. This is such a delicate and oh so beautiful card Di! Seriously gorgeous one of my favourites from you. Just wanted to say thank you for the Pixie post - it arrived this morning and I managed to get DH to die cut some for me tonight so will be using them this week Karen xx

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  20. As my Dad always says, "hindsight is 20/20 vision". This worked out beautifully, love the sentiment. Cara x

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  21. I am so wanting to get a Misti...but am waiting till I take a trip into the States to purchase it there...then I can bring it across under my duty limits.

    Your czrs is lovely...thanks for the Misti tip about the sentiment.

    PS I saw that episode where they had the cricket game on Downton Abeey. It was a good one. How I miss that show!

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  22. wow - love this. still undecided about a Misti not sure I could work within the confines of the size of the cheaper (!?!) one.

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  23. What a wonderful card. I am loving this denim and butterfly combination. I recently pulled out some denim ribbon, never used before. I was dismayed at how thick and unwieldy it was, sort of like blue jeans.... well, duh! ;-)

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