Hi friends! Today I've got a long post, including a 'How To.' Do you love butterflies as much as I do? I can't seem to get enough of them : D
Although it took me a little while to figure out how to get the butterfly die cut into my computer so I could create a shaped card using THIS butterfly die, the rest was a breeze!
Shown below, from top to bottom: Finn Butterfly die cut; butterfly cut file layer 1 (colored with Primary Elements Mica Powder); butterfly cut file layer 2 (embossed); butterfly cut file card base.
The top layer is the GORGEOUS butterfly die cut by Memory Box. It is approximately 3.5" x 5" This was my inspiration : D I LOVE butterflies!!!
Here's a better shot of the beautiful shimmer and color of the mica powder (sorry for the ugly hand and background : ( I've also given the die cut a couple coats of Ice Silks Acrylic Glaze which made it lift up naturally - yay!
Here are the materials I used to create this card:
- Finn Butterfly Memory Box Die (30% off!)
- Luminarte Mica Powder: African Jade, Kiwi, Wild Blueberry
- VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad
- Dots Embossing Folder
- ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever
- Ice Silks Acrylic Glaze
- Soft paint brushes
- Krylon Workable Fixatif (I like to use this as a protective coating)
- Heavyweight white cardstock for card base
- WHITE layering weight cardstock for embossed layer (same size as front of card base) and die cut
- BLACK layering weight cardstock for mica colored background (this cut will be the closest size to the butterfly die cut).
- Butterfly cut file (see below)
Step 1: Open cut file with your cutting machine (adjust size as needed) and make all cuts. Note which piece should be BLACK.
Step 2: Using BLACK cut out (closest size to the die cut), 'stamp' entire surface with VersaMark pad.
Step 3: Using mica powders and a soft brush, tap the mica powder over the VersaMark covered cardstock. I simply dip my brush into the powder and gently tap the handle to create a splattered effect. It's not a problem to use the same brush with each mica color if you are tapping it off each time...
Step 4: Using a larger brush (only because it's easier) gently brush away excess powder to reveal your beautiful design! You can rework, adding more colors until you are happy with the result.
Step 5: Spray the mica colored card stock with Fixatif and lay aside to dry.
Step 6: Die cut Finn Butterfly. Since this is a large, intricate die, you may need to pass through your machine more than once (depending on your machine). NOTE: I've finally ordered the Vagabond! I can NOT wait!!!!! I am anxious to see how this die cuts with that powerhouse : D
Step 7: Using Ice Silks Acrylic Glaze, cover the die cut with one or two coats and lay aside to dry.
Step 8: You will now have one layer and the card base left. Emboss the layer using More Dots embossing folder and score and fold card base.
Step 9: Assemble layers using Best Glue Ever! You only need small dots of this glue... It's glue on steroids lol!
Step 10: Embellish with rhinestones and sit back and enjoy your beautiful creation!
Download Cut File Here:
What colors or embellishments would you like to use on your butterfly card or project? I would love to see what you come up with! See my blog for information on Butterfly CHALLENGE with prizes!
Thanks for hanging in there with me : ) I know this was a long post!
Love and blessings,