Tuesday 25 June 2013

A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

Today's card may look a little familiar as it is a revamp of a card I did for my sneak peak of the new Tonic Studios Verso Dies.  The card was perfectly fine, (you can see it here) but I'd made it very quickly for the launch, and felt it needed something more. So, I did some titivating and now it's great for my fortnightly Design Team card for An Oldie But  A Goodie Challenge.  This fortnight our theme of Butterflies has been chosen by the lovely Natali.

Card Recipe: 
Stamp: Kanban Spring Trees & Butterflies
Colouring Mediums: 
Encore Ultimate Metallic Ink , Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink Pad
Paper & Card: Tonic Studios, Stardream, Textured Pearl
Tools: Tonic Studios Gothic Border Verso Die Set, Tonic Studios Gothic Border Punch, Tonic Studios Butterfly Srip Punch, Grand Calibur
Embellishments: Rhinestone Crystals, Glitter

To make this card, I die cut the mat from a lovely sheet of patterned card from the Butterflies Beautiful using the largest die pair from the Gothic Border Square set. I then stamped my Kanban tree image onto the mat with Encore Ultimate Metallic ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I inked around the edge of the mat with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink, to emphasise the Gothic Border and added a few accent crystal rhinestones.  In my original card, I didn't do anything more with this mat other than to mount it onto the background card layer.

However, when I went back to revisit it, I thought I would turn it into a Butterfly Tree.  To do this, I took a selection of card offcuts in a variety of colours.  Then I applied double-sided adhesive, covered them with glitter and used the Butterfly Strip Border to punch out a kaleidoscope of tiny butterflies.  The butterflies are  normally the waste from punching out the Butterfly Border Strip but these tiny flights of fancy were the perfect size to transform my stamped tree into a Butterfly Tree.  

For a little difference, instead of mounting my stamped image proud of the card front, I actually inset it by raising the surrounding layer on foam pads, and the new Tonic Studios Verso Dies are perfect for this technique.  I think it gives an interesting dimension to the card.

Finally, I cut a 4.2cm strip of coordinating card and punched both sides of it with the Gothic Border punch, before decorating with more rhinestones.

Please pop over to the main Oldie But A Goodie Challenge Blog to check out the gorgeous inspiration from my lovely DT buddies. To enter the challenge yourself, you can make anything you like Card, ATC, L/O etc as long as it fits in with the theme and that you use something on your project that is over 6 months old.  We're also sponsored for this challenge by Bugaboo Digi Stamps so there is a lovely prize up for grabs too.  My "oldies" are all my card stock, stamp, glitter, crystals and ink pads.  I'm sure you've also got lots of stash to use up too!
Thanks for popping by to see me today - you are always welcome - and I always look forward to reading any comments you may leave.
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  1. This is so so pretty and I love the aperture. Hugs, Claire x

  2. How beautiful, all those tiny butterflies! I love the blue color and the hit of pink, so soft and lovely. Also great border and die cut frame, nice! Thanx for playing bingo with us at CC&CC. Joanne

  3. Beautiful card love all the rhinestones and tiny butterflies, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, Jac x

  4. This is gorgeous, I love all of the tiny butterflies! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calender this month!
    Tammy x

  5. Those butterflies really make the card stand out!

  6. beautiful card,love those tiny butterflies. sue xx

  7. Gorgeous card, those tiny butterflies are lovely.

  8. hi dips ... just love your amazing little card well done ... thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving such lovely comments ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

  9. Beautiful card I love it!
    All them small butterflies must have took an age to stick on - more patience then me.

    Thanks for sharing
    Kelly - DC Hop

  10. Do like this lovely tree design, and how you;ve framed it

  11. That is such a gorgeous card, I LoVE it! What a great idea to add all the little butterflies. Fab dimension. Maddy x

  12. Lovely blue and white card, it always looks so fresh. Your design is great too, love the way you have inset your image panel.

  13. Gorgeous project! Beautiful details and I love the colours! Thanks for joining us at Deep Ocean and good luck! Delphine xx

  14. great card and love the butterfly tree-very late hopping
    carol x

  15. Your card is beautiful. I love the small butterflies in the tree.

  16. Just hoppin' by from dc...wow! a fantastic card! just LOVE all those butterflies round the tree...you have inspired me! thankyou! x


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