Wednesday 7 February 2018

Butterly card ready to fly

I made a pretty quick card -just the colour cornflower - along with a flight of butterflies ready to flutter away:
I used:

- 4.25" x 5.5" white card blank, tent style

- snippet of my version of cornflower blue card (it's actually SU's 'Marina Mist' now that I've checked against the swatch - but cornflowers do come in different shades of blue and this is one of the lighter shades - tee, hee)

- I trimmed the snippet of blue card to just a bit bigger than I wanted the panel of butterflies to be. Then pencilled around it on the front of the card so that I'd keep the die cuts about quarter of an inch inside the pencil lines - to allow for sticking the blue panel on place later on

- then used the Misti to stamp the Birthday sentiment onto the card front, using a little SU 'Marina Mist' ink pad and a stamp which came with the All Occasions 'That Folder' set

- next die cut four solid butterfly shapes into the card front - overlapping them slightly - as well as keeping them quarter of an inch inside the penciled 'frame area'. I used the Memory Box 'Isabella' die for this

- die cut four white butterflies using the matching Memory Box 'Pippi' die, which is all open and lacy

- onto now assembly time, I used red line tape to adhere the blue panel to the back part of the card front - and little snippets of red line tape to make sure all the 'pointy and therefore likely to lift up' bits of the die cut front apertures would be held securely in place as well

- then added a slightly smaller panel of white card to the whole of the inside of the card front - to cover up the blue panel inside the card

- added a slick of clear Wink of Stella to the bodies/feelers of the butterflies

- popped the bodies and feeler sections onto the lacy butterflies, then added them over the blue backed die cut apertures on the card front, overlapping as seemed best, using Collall glue and a fine liner bottle ....... then called it done!

One slight 'blip' to my eagle eyed scrutiny is that I can only just tell there's a darker panel across the inside/centre of the card if I hold it up to the light - and it was also a bit touch and go as to whether I'd end up with a slight ridge on the card front around that area as well. These are very minor points, but another time I would use 300gsm card rather than what I think is 250gsm. I know, Little Miss Picky here!

I'd spotted this sort of card with solid cut-outs and then matching lacy butterflies over the coloured apertures not so long ago and thought it such a pretty idea.

I was going to say that you need both the solid and also the matching lacy/open dies for this design - but thinking about it - of course you don't! You would use an open lacy die to cut across the card itself as I did with the solid one which would still give you the line of apertures in any case. Although you would still then need to die cut more complete butterflies to add to the backed apertures if you overlapped them.


  1. That is very pretty Di, it looks like cornflower blue to me!

    1. Thanks Glennis - I'm just a bit OCD when it comes to my own work.


      Di xx

  2. I think I am a picky Pat when it comes to my creations too, so I think we are all a bit self critical Di, but this is so pretty and I love the design with the beautiful butterflies overlapping one another, and would like to try something similar myself sometime as it is a great idea. I love the blue which is definitely akin to a cornflower colour. x

  3. What a lovely card. I like the design and colour. I think we are all critical of our own cards xxx

  4. Fabulous card Di! I love how you have the butterflies with their lacy wings in flight. Must have been fiddly but you've cracked it with a wonderful card! Xx

  5. A gorgeous flight of butterflies fluttering across the card, love it. I've yet to play in this one so must get my act in gear or I will miss the deadline. I blame the cold weather, it freezes my brain and Mr Mojo doesn't like it either.

  6. Wow, so beatiful, grest design.
    Hugs xx

  7. That is a really lovely design, what a great idea to use the die overlapping to cut a bespoke aperture. Beautiful!

  8. Oh that's a LOVELY card Di. Thanks for the explanation as to how you created it too . . . never really knew how it was done before.

    Hugs, SArn xxx

  9. a gorgeous card Di, I love the cornflower blue.

    Sue xx

  10. Hi Di,
    what a super pretty card and those butterflies are gorgeous.
    Love the corflower blue it's so lovely.
    I can't see any problems with this it looks amazing.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  11. No, but I will put you on the naughty step for being so picky!!! I've blown this picture up and I can't see nuffinck. (Just a big blur !). The colour blue is perfect too. I went on Wikipedia to find all the colours
    I wanted to use on the wheels and then just matched up my promarkers, copics and graph'it pens to get the nearest colour matches. I love this idea of overlapping the die cut. I thought for a minute you had found a die cut I knew nothing about. It looks super . Thank you for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel Miss. Hugs Mrs A.

  12. A very lovely card, Di. I just love it - oh, and all colors of blue too.

  13. Beautiful card, Di. Love your blue behind the sweet butterflies.

  14. Beautiful and I love that shade of blue. That is a gorgeous die.

  15. Absolutely gorgeous, Di. I love that you overlapped the butterflies

  16. Such a pretty design Di and a beautiful shade of blue. A delightful card xxx

  17. Wow! This is a stunning card Di! I love the shade of blue you used and of course I am in love with the blue/white color combo. The design of this card is amazing and I love how you did this with the butterflies. I will have to see if I have any butterflies like this to try this idea out. Love it! And quite being so picky on yourself! lol Hugs, Brenda

  18. Great design and thanks for sharing this idea, Di!! LOVE the cut-outs butterflies filled with the lacey ones!!Very well done!

  19. I really like this card Di, the shade of blue is lovely and a nice B die, I have also zoomed in and can't see anything wrong with it at all.

    Kath x

  20. Oooooh, your blue butterfly card is so pretty, Di! Well done! I will pop over to Mrs. A's and check out the changes ... until then I'm firmly planted on the naughty step, too, so we'll be good company for each other!! Hugs, Darnell

  21. Such a pretty card, Di. Love the blue colour of the background behind the butterflies. Have to try to get a card made for MRs. A. as I am finally better!

  22. How beautiful is this flutter of butterflies Di - love it

  23. Fabulous CAS butterfly card, Di! I love how you've done the butterflies, cutting into to card front, very clever!! ......and they're definitely cornflower blue. 🙂 xx

  24. Ditto on little Miss Picky Di, that’s what I’d say... gsm counts, when comes to finish doesn’t it!
    Love this car,d might try and make one for this challenge, have friend who loves butterflies and poiple... so not quite cornflower blue but could have a mix... meybe!!!
    Prayer hugs, Shaz in Oz.x

  25. Gorgeous card Di, very clever the way you used the butterfly dies I thought you had used one long die at first too.
    Hugs Kaz xx

  26. Wow, this is just stunning! Love it x

  27. I'll sit on the naughty step with you! Love your design idea for this pretty card. The cornflower blue background really shows off these delicate white butterflies dancing on your card. You did a super job aligning the 'cuts' for the under design, and the popup of lacy wings looks so beautiful. TFS & Big, big hugs.

  28. This is sooooo pretty! I see no blips! Hugs xxx


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