As promised, here is a quick tutorial for how to do this.
Step 1 – Score an A6 card (portrait ways) at the halfway mark (4-1/8″) then mark a light pencil line down the centre of the card front (2-1/16″).
Step 2 – Line the pencil line up with the edge of the cutting plate and platform of your die cutting machine and position the butterfly die along the pencil mark (ensuring there is enough room above and below for your other butterflies). Place the other cutting plate over the top as far as the pencil line. The butterfly will only be cut along the portion on the platform, not beyond it.
Step 3 – Repeat with the other butterflies. (Tip – I found the the smaller butterfly wanted to jump around on the magnets when using the magnetic plate so I switched to a regular platform and wash tape to keep the die in place). I like to work to the right of the platform so I needed the card upside down. If you want to work with the card the correct way up you will need to position everything on the left side of the platform.
Step 4 – With everything still flat, stamp your butterflies. Score along the pencil mark, above and below all the butterflies (but not through them). Erase the pencil mark. Fold the card closed along the centre line, with the butterflies on the inside and then fold back along the new score line leaving the butterflies flat. This then shows the butterflies in full from the front and creates an aperture on the inside.
Apologies for having been away for so long. I hadn’t planned on taking such a long break from blogging but I have been trying to catch up on much needed housework and decluttering. There’s still a lot to do but at least our guest room is spick and span, freezers are defrosted and restocked with home made potato-topped pies and I’ve started sorting my craft supplies – see towards the end of the post!
This weekend was my Mum’s birthday and so I did take time out to make a card for her. I like to make a larger card usually, but I can only fit an A6 through the Big Shot (the right way round) and so I blinged up this smaller card instead.
The card base is the new thicker/stronger Whisper White, specially designed for card bases. Butterflies from the Bold Butterfly framelits and the Butterflies thinlits were used to partial cut the butterfly shapes along the fold (I’ll be back with a tutorial in a few days) and corresponding stamps from Watercolor Wings were used to stamp the butterflies in place using Blushing Bride/Calypso Coral/Watermelon Wonder and Soft Sky/Bermuda Bay. Early Espresso ink was used to stamp the butterfly bodies and the sentiment from Endless Birthday Wishes. The “mum” sentiment was die cut from Watermelon Wonder card (a little cheat that I’ll also share later this week). Using Bermuda Bay ink the border was stamped along both edges of the card. Filigree butterflies were die cut from Vellum yardstick, added over the top of the smaller butterflies and Basic Rhinestones added along the bodies. Dazzling Diamonds were added to the larger butterfly and the “mum” sentiment with Crystal Effects (so that they don’t rub off. Flowers from the Pictogram Punches were stamped in Crushed Curry, punched out with the Itty Bitty Accents punch and teeny flowers were punched from Crushed Curry card with the Tree Builder. Basic Pearls were added to the centres of the flowers.
The inside shows how the butterflies are cut and folded back.
My pre-order from the Autumn/Winter catty (launches Tuesday 1 September) arrives tomorrow so I’ll soon have some new Christmas projects to share with you but meanwhile I have a few of my retired stamp sets for sale on eBay and at the time of posting no-one has bid on this Merry Little Christmas set – perfect for quick Christmas cards (Bids close at 7pm tonight).
Unfortunately it’s been one of those unhappy occasions where I’ve needed to send a sympathy card … and I’d used all the ones I’d made previously. This is not the sort of card you want to make under pressure. For inspiration I turned to Pinterest and saw a few sympathy cards made with the World of Dreams set. The silhouettes seem to work well with sympathy sentiments.
I decided though to add a little paper to the background for my version. We have a number of blacks to choose from now but this lace pattern from the Timeless Elegance pack fit the bill for me.
The card base is an A6 portrait of Basic Black, matted with Timeless Elegance DSP. Memento Black ink was used to stamp the leafy fronds from World of Dreams onto a panel of Very Vanilla and the same ink was used to stamp the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments, beneath it. After matting the stamped panel onto Basic Black card it was popped up on the card front with dimensionals.
Onward now to some happier crafting but I’ll be coming back to sympathy cards very soon, so that I don’t get caught without them again.
Tip 1 – Lay the Little Letters out on your card to “try out” the spacing. Where duplicate letters are needed, use a letter of the approx. size and shape as a “stunt letter” (here we used K to judge the spacing needed for the second R).
Tip 2 – Use a ruler to ensure that the base of all letters are aligned.
Tip 3 – Although we usually recommend the Magnetic Platform for dies, the small magnets tend to make the Little Letters jump around. Instead, washi tape was used to hold the Little Letters in place (remembering to remove the “stunt letter”).
Tip 4 – Remove the duplicate letter and reposition the die, leaving all the other letters in place and using the ruler again to ensure that the repositioned letter is fully aligned with the originals.
Tip 5 – Take care that some symmetrical letters do have a “right way up”, eg. the X is narrower at the top than the bottom.
Hope these tips help you get the most from your Little Letters thinlits.
Lol, hottest few days of the year and I’m sharing Christmas cards 😀
But I did mention a few weeks ago that from July onwards we will be bringing you a new Christmas project every weekend – sometimes a card, other times, gift box, wrap or tag idea.
Some of these will use stamps in the Christmas section of the catty (pages 67 – 72) and some will use stamps and other products that are less christmas specific. Today we’re using Little Letters thinlets and Merry Moments DSP.
Don’t worry if you don’t start your Christmas preparations this early, or even celebrate Christmas at all, we’ll have a suggestion at the end of each project for converting it for another occasion.
The card base is and A6 landscape of Cherry Cobbler, matted with Smoky Slate. Little Letters thinlets were used to die cut the sentiment from a mat of Merry Moments DSP (backed with Whisper White card for extra strength). We opted to use “XMAS” as it was easier to fit on than “CHRISTMAS”. A strip of Cherry Cobbler card was adhered direct below the sentiment and Silver 1/8″ Ribbon adhered across the top of it. This mat was popped up on the card front with dimensionals adding a strip of Silver Foil directly behind the sentiment. A bow of more Silver Ribbon was added to finish.
We’ll be back on Monday with some hints and tips for lining up and using the Little Letters.
Although we used them here to create a Christmas card, the letters could just as easily have spelled out BEST WISHES or CONGRATS and be combined with a different DSP to suit other occasions
Here’s the card that is going/went out, as a sweet little thank you message to my customers in June.
The card base is a small square of Mint Macaron, matted with Early Espresso. Using Early Espresso ink, the basket/cupcake case from Sprinkles of Life was stamped onto a scrap of Crumb Cake card, cut out by hand and adhered direct to a square mat of Whisper White. Mint Macaron ink was used to stamp the flowers onto a scrap of Whisper White card. Marker pens in Mint Macaron and So Saffron were then used to colour in the flowers and leaves, before punching the flowers out with the co-ordinating Tree Builder punch. The flowers were popped up on dimensionals over the basket. Early Espresso ink was used to stamp a sentiment from the same set in the top right corner. Finally Dazzling Details were added to the centres of the larger flowers.
On the Whisper White insert, another trio of stems and flowers were stamped with Mint Macaron and So Saffron respectively. Again these were shaded with matching markers.
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A few weeks ago we shared a Butterfly Basic card that had been simply stamped. As promised we’re back today with another version, that this time also uses the matching thinlits (buy together as a bundle to save 15%)
The card base is an A6 portrait of Blackberry Bliss. Sahara Sand ink was used to stamp the fern from Butterfly Basics* repeatedly onto a layer of Very Vanilla, without reinking between to get a paler shade. Blackberry Bliss was used to stamp the striped lines at right angles along the left and bottom edges. Using the stamped lines as a guide, the honeycomb was stamped into the corner with Sahara Sand and then Blackberry Bliss wasted to stamp the sentiment over the top. After stamping the lacy butterfly onto a scrap of Very Vanilla, it was die cut out with the matching Butterflies* thinlit. This was adhered along the body, to a medium butterfly die cut from Blackberry Bliss card and then direct to the card front, with the wings lifted slightly.
* Buy the Butterfly Basics stamp set and Butterflies thinlits as a bundle (Wood, Clear or Photopolymer) and save 15%
On the Very Vanilla insert, a sentiment from the set was stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink. The fern, honeycomb and postage mark were stamped in Sahara Sand ink.
This banner gatefold design has been very popular with my Pinterest followers, so I thought I’d update it with a splash of a new In Color and DSP.
The Bohemian DSP has the same paper in two different colours which works really well for this design
The card base is a gatefold of Delightful Dijon, matted with Bohemian DSP. Using Island Indigo ink, the Hello from Perfect Pennants was stamped onto a scrap of Very Vanilla and then die cut out with the smallest Banner framelit. This same framelit was used to die cut banners from another Bohemian DSP. These were all matted onto the next size of banner, die cut from Island Indigo card. Just one of the next largest banners was die cut from Delightful Dijon and the sentiment popped up onto it with dimensionals. The banners were attached to the gatefold in an interlocking pattern. To finish, Itty Bitty Accent stars punched from Gold Glimmer Paper were adhered to the corner of each banner.
On the Very Vanilla insert, the Make a Wish sentiment from the same Perfect Pennants set was stamped in Island Indigo ink and the star stamped over the top in Hello Honey ink.