Hello, my crafty friends and thanks for stopping by! This week has certainly been the week of butterflies, two challenges where I used butterflies and one where butterflies were one of the two inspirations. That is today’s card. I decided to go with both inspirations and I fused them for the Fusion Card Challenge. I love working on butterflies, so this card was a dream come true to make. Keep reading to see what I created and how I did it.
The first thing I did was to make a watercolor background. I used Strathmore Hot Press 5×7 watercolor paper* and Mission Mijello Gold watercolors* because they’re my most vibrant set. I wet the background and went to town adding color to the background. I then cut a piece of white glitter paper to a bit larger than an A2 card base because I planned on cutting out the butterfly confetti background die from Hero Arts from it. I then cut a piece of vellum and a piece of Tonic Iridescent cardstock to the size of my butterfly die. Unfortunately I don’t know where the single butterfly die came from. I then added Stick It adhesive to the back of the butterfly panel and the back of the vellum piece.
Next, for the circle part of the card, I took a piece of checked black and white origami paper and a piece of grey cardstock I got from Tuesday Morning. I cut the origami paper using an Ecstasy Craft’s Nellie’s Choice Mulit Frame Dies in Straight Round.* I cut three of them. I then used the Art Impressions Double Stitch Circle die to cut smaller circles from the grey cardstock. Once my watercolor piece was dry, I took out my Fiskars Wire Trimmer* and cut it down to A2 size, which is 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″.
Next I got to work doing all of my die cutting. I wanted to get everything die cut at once instead of going back and forth. I also cut down a piece of black cardstock to 1 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and that is where the sentiment will go. I used a shim, especially with the papers that had the Stick It on the back of them, I wanted to be sure it would cut all the way through and not peel off when I took them out of the die. I cut one butterfly from vellum, one butterfly from Tonic Iridescent cardstock, and the butterfly confetti die cut from Simon Says Stamp White glitter paper.
I used 1/2″ Scor Tape* on the back of the watercolor panel and attached it to the card base. The card base is a top folding, A2 card base. After that was adhered, I applied the butterfly panel and went over it with a brayer tool. Stick It adhesive is moveable unless you really press it down good. I’ve found the brayer is the best tool for that.
I then took some sentiments from a random butterfly stamp set I had and stamped them onto the card. The sentiment on the front was stamped on the far left side of the black strip with Versamark* and then coated with Ranger Fine Detail White Embossing powder*. I then heat set it with my heat tool from Wagner, you can check out the newest model here*. On the inside I stamped the sentiment with my Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink* and then I stamped the butterfly with red chalk ink.
I took my Ranger Multi Medium Matte* glue and attached the grey circles to the checkered circles. I then put three pieces of 1/2″ Scor Tape on the back of each and adhered them to the right side of my sentiment strip. I then peeled the backing off of the back of the vellum butterfly and laid that on top.
To add some more interest to my iridescent butterfly, I bent it’s wings up a bit. I then put glue down the body and adhered it to the vellum butterfly. Once I felt it was dry enough, I took four little foam dots and put two on each side underneath each wing. That way it would look like it’s flying off the card. I could have also used an action wobbler now that I think about it. Eh, I like the foam dots.
Here it is, the finished product. I really loved making this card. Like I said, I love butterflies! What do you think of this card? Would you make something like this?
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