Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Butterfly card tutorial

Long time no see, inkers! I've been busy working behind the scenes, but I do have a little treat for you today. I haven't done a tutorial in what seems like ages, and I happen to have one handy now. Ha!
Let's call it a foretaste of the Spellbinders Mini Spring Blog Hop, that begins next Monday, April 30th and wraps up on Saturday, May 5th.

You can read upon the details IN THIS POST. I hope you'll join us, for a chance to win some fabulous prizes and for some prime inspiration!!

It's a long and photo-laden post, so go grab a cuppa while it's loading :)
Here's a card that I want to show you how to make:

Start by die cutting black cardstock with the second biggest label from Spellbinders™ Nestabilities® LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven.
I used black cardstock from World Win Papers.

Score in the middle.
Now for the fun part. Take a sheet of Engraving Art copper foil from Royal & Langnickel, and die cut a half of the same Grand Labels Eleven die, with your Grand Calibur®. You can do it by leaving the other half of the die uncovered by medium. Copper foil is a great stuff, and you don't want to waste it :)

(the sheet is shown face down, prepared for the proper sandwich. The part we're interested in is black)

Emboss the die cut, with GI-003 Sea Flowers Grand Impressabilities™. Again, make sure that the front is facing down.

Once you've got your die cut embossed, sand it to reveal the copper underlayer.

Now, take the big solid butterfly from LF-006 Wonderful Wings Shapeabilities®, and repeat the same steps as with the label: cut, emboss and sand:

Take the "Study" patterned paper from Bo Bunny's Weekend Market line, and die cut/emboss the matching top layer for the butterfly and half of the next smaller label.

You can see now that when you layer the butterfly, the embossed solid part peeks out from underneath the lacey wings.

Adhere the embossed layer to the card base, and trim the excess from the top. I let the black base show through a bit at the bottom, but you may wish to cover the whole card.

Now add a layer of patterned paper (I also sanded it lightly), the butterfly (I secured mine to the card with a button), and create the wording with S5-084 Girlie Grunge Labels Shapeabilities® and using the same exact techniques as for the other embossed parts.

Voila! Here are a few close-ups of the finished card...

I hope you enjoyed :) See you soon, thanks for looking :) xxx


  1. What a beautiful card Iwona!! Great tutorial as well! :) ((HUGS))

  2. So pretty - love the metallic and dimension you've created with this project. Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. I love the burnt colors of it! It is such a cool creation! Thanks for sharing the tutorial with me! Love it!

  4. Wow...this is fabulous!!! Thanks for the instructions!!


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