Friday, 2 July 2010

Butterfly Easel Card

I have lots of birthday cards to make for this month and as usual I've left things to the last minute! Unfortunately, many of the cards will also need to be sent via the post. I've been desperately trying to think up ways of sending nice female cards that aren't too embellishment heavy to avoid having to pay large letter or packet rate. Hopefully, this card is the solution!!

The card hasn't really turned out how I wanted it to, but I decided that I'd blog all of my attempts be they successes or failures! I had an idea in my head but it hasn't quite come together on paper!! The glue dried far too quickly in this heat and I struggled to get the beads to stick and I also ran out red paper scraps. The only consolation is that at least I know what works and what doesn't! I'll definitely be attempting this card again albeit with some alterations!

I've drawn the card base using a freebie shaped card from this months Papercraft Inspirations as a template. The base has then been covered in DP's which have been edged with distress inks. I've also added some dots of Glossy Accents and then tipped a few gold glass micro beads onto it, and then covered them with another coat of glue. You'll notice that there are no stoppers on the base of the easel, the reason for this is that the easel card is designed to lay completely flat when folded (thus avoiding hefty postal costs). The idea for the "stopper less" base isn't mine, I'm afraid. I've shamelessly nicked the idea from Create & Craft TV.

Tim Holtz Blender

Card - The Papermill
Distress Inks - Scattered Straw, Tea Dye and Forest Moss
DP - My Minds Eye Freebie from a magazine
Template - Freebie from Papercraft Inspirations
Glossy Accents
Glass Micro Beads

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers - Inky Fingers
Incy Wincy - Things with wings
Craft Barn - Shaped cards
Creative Craft Crew - Easel card


  1. wow this looks fabulous Claire, your blending of the inks is so neat! :) xx

  2. This is absolutely stunning!!! Leigh x

  3. I really love this card Claire, the inking is spot on :)

  4. Oh wow, this is absolutely gorgeous, I love everything about it xxx

  5. Hi Claire, its a stunner, love it.
    I know what you mean about the posting, we get carried away and then before you know it its got bumps and lumps on all over!!
    Have a great weekend love chris xx

  6. What a great card, I love the colours.

    When you've lots of cards to send postage can add up. What I do now, and most of my cards do need to go large letter rate, is send them second class as it's only 10p dearer than sending first class normal size. Even though I send them a couple of days in advance, most of my post seems to get to it's destination the next day. I've also found that using 1mm foam pads usually means that you can usually get away with not needing large letter rate but this probably wouldn't be the case with an easel card.

  7. Fab card - I love the shape of the butterfly might have to hunt that template down. You have used the distressing inks very well.

  8. this is beautiful, love the shape so much and the colours are to die for, brilliant, thanks for playin with us at crafty cardmakers xx

  9. Hi!!
    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL, Elegant and Fabulous Butterfly Card. I'm a fan of butterflies so i love it.


  10. Fantastic card, I think it looks brilliant. Don't be so hard on yourself. Jaqui x


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