Oooer, a nice choice over at Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge - you just have to include one or more butterflies and also follow the 'C is for Corners' theme.
This is what I came up with:
- A6 white card blank
- pale lime Core-dinations card as the plain backing
- I then cut a piece of patterned paper slightly smaller - using a sheet from the free paper pack with this month's Quick Cards Made Easy magazine - a Nit Wits design made by LOTV, and called 'Perfect Pair'. Lots of pink, lime and white mixes in the 8" x 8" pad - a really great freebie!
- then I used a die from the Penny Black 'Hooray' set to die cut the word 'Enjoy' out of the patterned paper and added that onto the pale lime green backing
- ahem and this is where it all began to down rapidly downhill :( I'd popped into Hobbycraft the other day and picked up some 50 pence sheets of 'Fab Foam' with die cutting in mind. So, being mean I'd bought the foam without a sticky back but I added a snippet of my own sticky back and then using the 'Enjoy' die again, cut out a word from the foam
- that wasn't really the problem, it cut just fine but is a terror to remove from the die and it stretches terribly (a bit like pink bubblegum). Plus, the foam takes up every little press when you're adding it into the die cut frame in the patterned paper - and grimly hangs onto each little indentation/blemish :( So, I then brayered it which didn't help much, sigh. Finally I ran the whole piece through the Cuttle bug using my Anna Griffin 'Rosa' embossing folder which at least 'ruckles up' the whole of the panel :)
- punched each corner using Martha Stewart's 'Double Loops' corner punch
- then die cut a couple of butterflies using Tonics's 'Monarch Arch' die set (thanks again Mrs A!) out of the pink foam
- these worked better so I just popped them onto the card and added a few little white pearls
I'd thought that the foam would be a good way to die cut words to add onto cards, without having to layer up three or four die cuts of card to get the thickness - but would I recommend the Fab Foam? I don't think so, although the butterflies turned out better than the sentiment :) Other, better quality, foam sheet might play ball - though I can't see me really bothering to find out. Some you win and some you lose!