Peaches & Cream butterfly

Saturday, November 14, 2009

 I really enjoyed making this card. I stamped the frame in the centre of the card. On a separate piece of card I stamped the floral pattern (I stamped it twice to fill the area), I glued this inside the frame. I stamped the butterfly on a piece of card and cut it out, I folded the wings slightly to give a 3D effect. I put a piece of foam behind the butterfly's body and glued it into the centre of the frame. I stamped the text beneath the frame. I then quilled 4 circles and 4 hearts from cream paper, I carefully glued these in place (a tweezers is handy for this). I finished the four corners with half pearls. All the stamps I used were Anna Griffin In the Garden.

Butterfly invitation with quilling

I really wanted to add a quilled element to my card. With this card, I cut about an inch off the end of the card. I added a piece of printed victorian paper and put a strip of cream loop edged satin ribbon at the bottom. I stamped the butterfly on a piece of card and cut it out. I glued the butterfly to the front of the card at the bottom, so the base of the butterfly was level with the back to the card (so it would stand up properly). I added some flat backed pearls to the ribbon and to the body of the butterfly. Using a strip of cream paper I made the two quilled hearts and glued them carefully to the card. Would make a nice wedding invitation I thought.

Butterfly window card

For this card I stamped the frame and cut out the centre, I stamped the butterfly on a piece of card and cut it out. To attach the butterfly to the frame I made holes using a pin in the frame and corners of the butterfly and sewed it in place by hand. I cut out a square of floral print paper (Laura Ashley) and used some foam pads to stick it behind the frame. I added some half pearls to the corners of the frame. To finish I added two different tones and widths of pink grosgrain ribbon below the frame and two more half pearls. The hardest part was sewing the butterfly to the frame, a little tricky. Stamps were from Anna Griffin In the Garden.

peacock blue

The inspiration for both of these cards was the peacock.  I had a lovely peacock feather stamp I wanted to use by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.  I created the blue background to work on using some canvas textured card, I mixed some clear gesso and acrylic paint and painted the card.

For the first card I stamped the feathers in a semi circle in white ink. I gave the card a distressed look as below. I added a strip of white grosgrain ribbon and two pieces of foam raised the text section of the card. I added some flat backed gems as detail in the feathers. Text is Anna Griffin sentiments.

For the second card I simply stamped the peacock feathers in an even pattern using white ink. I created a slightly distressed look by rubbing the ink pad gently over the card, it picked up the grain of the card nicely. I made a bow and glued it to the top of the card. I had a nice piece of teal pleated moire ribbon that I added to the base of the card, I added the text on a separate piece of card and punched two holes in it to thread some ribbon through it. I finished the card off with some flat backed gems. Text is from Anna Griffin In the Garden set. 

Butterfly card

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I really enjoyed making this card. It was pretty simple. Just some blue card, pink grosgrain ribbon, butterfly stamp (In the garden Anna Griffin), pink Ink it Up, a pearl bead, silver string and a print out of a nice victorian pattern. The pink complemented the pale blue nicely. It turned out quite pretty.