I am such a horrible procrastinator! One of my best friends' Birthday is today, so I made her card...today! It's not that I didn't know it was coming, I just wanted it to be the perfect card for her and I didn't get the vibe for it until tonight. Mel loves butterflies! So what better excuse to pull out the Big Shot and the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die and see what I could come up with!
This card is a 51/4" square, Whisper White card stock for the base. The main layer is Rich Razzleberry cut to 51/8" square. I used my paper piercing tool and the guide from the mat pack to pierce a border around the edge of the Rich Razzleberry. The grey accent is a piece of 17/8 x 43/8" designer series paper Walk in the Park (retired) layered on a 2 x 41/4" Basic Black card stock. For the sentiment I cut out the oval frame from the Lots of Tags sizzlits pack, once in Whisper White and once in Basic Black. I inked up the Birthday Wishes from the Sincere Salutations stamp set in Rich Razzleberry and stamped onto the Whisper White oval using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to center it perfectly. I really like this little tag frame because it perforates the inside edge of the oval so I was able to punch it out and layer it onto the same frame I had cut out in Basic Black. Now for the main element, the butterfly! I took a piece of Crushed Curry card stock and ran it through the Big Shot using the Swiss Dots embossing folder. Next, I took the embossed card stock and ran it through the Big Shot again, but used the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die to cut out my butterfly. To enhance the texture on the butterfly, I used a Stampin' Sponge and inked the edges and a bit of the wings with the Crushed Curry ink. The body of the butterfly uses the hat pin and 3 of the "crystal" beads from the Pretties Kit. To attach the butterfly to the card, first I folded the butterfly down the middle to give me a "guide" for the body. Next I took 2 mini glue-dots and rolled them between my fingers to form a small tube and then placed them under the "body" of the butterfly and adhered it to the card. I did the same with 3 more glue-dots on top of the "body" to hold the beads in place, and one more under the end of the hat pin so it wouldn't slide up and down. For the inside of the card I used the flourish from Baroque Motifs in Rich Razzleberry, the butterfly from Great Friend in Crushed Curry, and the sentiment from On Your Birthday in Basic Black.
And that's my card for tonight! I have to say I am happy with how quick it came together. I just hope the Birthday girl likes it. And I hope you do as well! I appreciate any comments / suggestions that you may have, so feel free to leave one!