Thursday, July 9, 2009

An Exaltation of Butterflies

Here's a card using my new mini butterfly stamp.

One sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" white cardstock
Pigment inkpad
White embossing powder
Dye inkpad (your choice of color)
Stipple brush
Paper cutter
craft knife
cutting mat
bone folder

gluestick (or tape runner)
MSRS Cloisonne Butterfly
MSRS Mosaic Frame
MSRS Mini Butterfly

Using a paper cutter, cut the sheet of cardstock in half to yield two 4 1/4" x 11" pieces.
Cut one piece into two parts measuring 6" x 4 1/4" and 5" x 4 1/4"
Using a ruler and a bone folder, score and fold a 1/2" flap on the top of the 6" piece. Set these parts aside.
Fold the other 11" x 4 1'4" piece in half to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".
Lay the folded card down with the opening at the top. Score and fold down the front of the card at 2 3/4".
Open the card and lay it flat to emboss. Stamp and emboss the Mosaic Frame onto the 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" section of the card.
Stamp and emboss the Butterfly on the other half which has been divided into two 4 1/4" x 2 3/4" sections.
Make sure to stamp the butterfly on the fold with the top of the wings above the fold and the bottom of the wings below the fold. Add a few more butterflies as shown.
Using a craft knife and a cutting mat, cut out the top parts of the wings just to the fold.
Stamp and emboss as many mini butterflies as you like onto the reserved 5" x 4 1/4" piece. Using a stipple brush and dye inkpad, color the mosaic frame "background" and all the butterflies.
Attach the piece with the 1/2" flap to the back of the card to make it stand up as shown.
Cut out and attach the mini butterflies all over the card.
Cut thin pieces of paper to make the antenna for the cutout butterfly and glue or tape in place.


Carla said...

Ooohhh this is so beautiful....have to try this when I have the time.

NancyS said...

Omigosh, Michael, this is GORGEOUS! Love the monochromatic color scheme and how you incorporated your frame stamp. What a clever head you have on your shoulders. TFS this work of art.

Tricia Moris said...

Oh, Wow! Michael, that's an exaltation, all right. Gorgeous! Thanks for the great instructions and step-outs, too. (You've been missing doing them for TV Weekly?...likely not.)