Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Butterfly Grid

Today I held an advanced brayering class with Lili and Natasha.  We had so much fun!!!  Lots of laughs, a few mistakes (oophs!), and a few "creative" ways to fix them.  We did a brayering refresh, an emboss resist and a multi-step masking.  After three hours in the studio, Lili and Natasha were "brayering experts"! 
I love that Natasha likes to make the cards her own, changing up details and adding elements - just awesome!  Lili surprised me with more copper sheets from Cherish the Thought in Port Moody.  Can't wait to play with my butane torch again :)  Thanks Lili!!  And, I love the yellow roses they brought - so pretty!

On to the card for today ...  I made the card below a few months ago.  It was my first attempt at making a grid (so easy ... but so effective!).  Hope you like.

"Butterfly Grid"

Stamps:  Silhouette Sentiments (SU!)
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Cottage Wall Designer Series paper, Whisper White, Orchid Opulence (SU!)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Sizzix Butterfly die-cut, Scor-Pal, 1/2" Polka-dot Rich Razzleberry grosgrain ribbon (approx. 10"), 6" wire, five mauve half-pearls, small oval punch, white embossing powder, heat tool, sticky strips, adhesives, and glue dots

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I took one of the 3" square of Whisper White and used the Scor-Pal to score lines on the diagonal, 1/2" apart.  I turned the cardstock and made 1/2" diagonal lines going in the opposite direction.  I mounted this onto the 3 1/4" square of Rich Razzleberry and then tied the ribbon around the bottom.  I adhered the framed panel on to the Cottage Wall Designer Series paper and then mounted the whole thing onto the card base.

I cut out two butterflies (one in Rich Razzleberry; one in Orchid Opulence).  I mounted the lighter butterfly onto the top left-hand corner of the grid.  I used needle-nosed pliers to twist the wire and used a glue dot to secure it on top of the first butterfly.  I folded the second butterfly (Rich Razzleberry) in half and then glued the body part only on top of the lighter butterfly.  I added the small half-pearls, making sure the "head" was glued on top of the tip of the wire.

I stamped the sentiment in Versamark, heat embossed with white powder, and adhered on top of the ribbon.

I used the second squares of Cottage Wall, Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White and mounted them for the inside panel of the card.

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