Monday, May 27, 2013

Thinking of you butterfly acetate card

Hi blogging friends From Millan.Net

I am back at long last!  My loved one continues to improve each day which is great so I have had a little bit of time in my craft room this past week.  I was able to go to the Craft Show as planned and had an absolute ball!  It was a cold and wet day so it was perfect weather for craft shopping - and boy, was it packed!!  I did a couple of 'Make and Take' free workshops and learned how to use Perfect Pearls and Perfect Medium which was fun.  I stocked up on lots of Docrafts goodies - Tatty Teddy, Boofle, Forever Friends and Tulip paper tole (called Decoupage in the UK), toppers, designer papers and ribbons. And a couple of Penny Black stamps begged to be bought as well as a couple of Impression Obsession dies (I didn't know they made dies!):  in fact, there were a lot of die brands that I had never heard like Lin and Lene, Joy Craft Happy's and Double do just to name a few.  None of my friends make cards so I always go to shows by myself but there is always someone to talk to who shares the same passion and gets as excited as I do over buttons, ribbons or a piece of designer paper.  I came home utterly exhausted but happy and uber-keen to do some cardmaking - hence today's card - which is very much NOT my usual style but I hope you like it:

Now, I would LOVE to say that I brayered the background but sadly, I did not.  I am sure that my blogging friend Shaz from Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz who is the brayering-queen would be able to make something this pretty but my brayer and I stopped speaking a while ago because he just wouldn't do as he was told - plus being as clumsy as I am, I just seemed to make more mess than anything else!  Bellbird Paperarts in Blackburn (Victoria) sell sheets of printed and coloured acetate and I bought various colours at the last Craft Show that I went to and have been itching to make a card with them ever since; sometimes, it just takes a while to get around to these things as you would understand.

All I had to do was cut the acetate design to the size I wanted and go from there.  I stamped the sentiment using Stazon Jet Black ink which dries on acetate very well.  The first time I stamped the sentiment, part of the image didn't come out and I thought the sheet was ruined so I was very cheesed off.  Then I had a brainwave and tried cleaning off the image with Stazon cleaner and hey presto:  it removed it perfectly!  Once the sentiment was dry, I attached some white cardstock behind the design with brads (obviously you can't glue it as the glue would show under the acetate).  That part of the card making process was a bit fiddly.  Then I simply layered that onto black cardstock, blue and then white.

Lastly, I added an acetate butterfly which I also bought from Bellbird Paperarts (came in a pack of 6 different sizes from memory and are printed on clear acetate) and popped it up using dimensionals under the butterfly's body and bent up the wings.  You can see the dimension in this next photo:

This card is for my stash but is intended for use as a Sympathy card or simply to send to someone to let them know I care or to show support.


I am entering my card in the following 3 challenges -

Splitcoaststampers 'Ways to use it' WT427 May Flowers - where you are to use a flower or flowers on your project

Splitcoaststampers May Fan Club Challenge - Central Theme

Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge IC390 - Jennspendants  - and I chose THIS pendant as my inspiration and the beautiful blue colours made me get out this acetate sheet and finally make a card with it - and obviously I echoed the squareness of the pendant in my card.

Thanks for stopping by and for any comments that you care to leave.


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Sentiment by Stamp-It Australia - siset014 sentiment set

Ink:  Stazon Jet Black

Accessories:  Printed acetate and butterfly - Bellbird Paperarts, dimensionals, aqua brads, cardstock - white, blue, black


Robyn said...

EVERYTHING you do is beautiful Jo Bear!...even if it is not your usual style! Glad you had a good time at the show-you deserve some R&R!

Jackie said...

OMG what a stunning card, it's gorgeous. It's always good to go craft shopping and get lovely new goodies to play with :o)
Jackie xx

Merry said...

Hi there, sounds like such an awesome day. Love your card.

Kylie said...

What a beautiful card, Jocelyn!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Hi there Jobear.. answered prayer to hear of improved health down there:D

...and, aw am blushing re brayer comment... and thanks so very much for the link over too, dear friend..

well, am thrilled you had such a fab time and bought some lovely things and played with new items too.

Just love this card and well done on saving it with the Stazon remover dont you hate that when you do a practise piece you stamp it perfectly the the actual one you smear..
love and may our great God continue to bless you and those you love, Shaz in Oz.x

In case you get time actually have a look, have done a video and post on simple tips to help with brayering see here:

Kim Dellow said...

just gorgeous! Lovely card. Kim

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