Welcome to the North Carolina Blog Hop! This month we a using a little glimmer and shine in our projects! I'm so glad you have joined us. You might have come from Toni's blog. I know you enjoyed her project!
I'll just go ahead and say that bling is not my big thing. Oh, there's nothing wrong with it. I just don't naturally think about it. My bad. I probably miss out making my cards all they can be! With that said, here's my card for this hop.
I must first start off saying that I must give Pat Wilkinson a shout out for this card. She gave me a card recently that had the butterfly that pulls through the front of the card to the inside. I don't know what this card is actually called. I searched but never did find a name. I know that Shelly Gardner, founder of Stampin' Up!, showed this technique at one of the OnStage events. I had forgotten. So this is my take on the butterfly that pulls through the front to the inside. That's what I'm calling it!
This is a long post and I apologize. It's really not that hard!
I started with a card base of Blackberry Bliss measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded at 4 1/4. Using the Stampin' Trimmer, cut off 1 inch from the front of the card.
Now take a piece of Whisper White cut at 3 3/4 x 5 1/2. We'll use this to make our background. I used the stamp set Playful Backgrounds on page 141 of the annual catalog for this. I must say this stamp set has not seen a lot of action from me. I love it for this! Using Versamark stamp the outline circles all over the white paper. Cover in Gold Embossing Powder and heat with the Heat Tool. Now we'll add more interest! Stamp the solid circles over the paper in Blackberry Bliss. I did not try to match anything, but wanted it to be random. Now, we'll use the largest watercolor stamp from the Love What You Do stamp set. Stamp off two times and then stamp over the paper. It's OK to leave a few white spaces, but cover most of the paper. Now go back to the trimmer. On the short side, cut at 2 1/4. You'll use one piece on the outside of the card and the other piece on the inside. As a suggestion, you might want to dry this paper a little more with the Heat Tool. That Blackberry Bliss sometimes seems to get on everything!
The 2 1/4 x 5 1/2 piece goes on the outside. Line it up with the outside edge of the front. That's where you made the cut!
Use the Classic Label Punch to punch a hole in the front of the card. You'll want it in the middle of the piece you decorated. Since that piece is 2 1/4, I used a ruler and made an ink mark at 1 1/8. Make that mark go in the middle of the opening in the punch. To line it up straight, look at the punch itself. Is it straight with the fold line of the card? It should be. It should be about an inch or an inch and a half from the top of the card. Place it where you think best.
To finish the front, we need a saying. This one is from the Beautiful You stamp set. Stamp on Whisper White in Versamark and emboss in gold. Use the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut an oval. Adhere to the card under the punched opening.
We are going to go to the inside of the card. You'll need a piece of Whisper White measuring 3 x 5 1/2. Glue this to the inside. I left a little space there at the fold, but you do not want this piece to extend past the front of the card when folded. Add the decorated piece that is left over. Match it to the edge of the white paper. At the top stamp another saying from Beautiful You in Blackberry Bliss.
Cut the butterfly from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits from Gold Foil. I would run this through the Big Shot several times to make sure it cuts well. Use the Big Shot Die Brush to help get out all those little pieces. Works like a charm. Bend the butterfly on each side of the body. Adhere. I put a little glue on the back of the body. With the card closed, glue down the butterfly so that it is centered in the hole made by the punch. Hold for a few seconds. Embellish this with some of the Gold Faceted Gems.
Finally that's it! Check out the video. I bet it will make things a little more clear. If you like the video, please share it. Thanks so much!
Next up is Tracie. I know you 'll love what she has to share!
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