Monday 20 April 2020

Beautiful Day Butterfly - Fun Fold Easel Card

This birthday card is for a young great-niece - I thought she'd like a colourful butterfly.
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An Easel Fold card featuring the butterfly image from the Beautiful Day stamp set
I stamped the butterfly image onto Window Sheet (acetate) with Stazon ink and then used some Stampin' Blends alcohol markers to colour it in .... on the back.  As it turned out, I decided it needed a piece of white cardstock behind the image to make it pop more and to obscure the easel fold.

To make the easel fold - I cut my base card to 11" x 5 1/2" and scored at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2".
A side view of the easel fold
I used the method shown at the bottom of this post to "resize" the Stitched Rectangle with the greeting.  The butterflies were cut with the Butterfly Beauty dies from Lovely Lipstick cardstock and adhered to So Saffron cardstock before trimming around the butterflies.  I find this quicker and easier than paper piecing when I'm time-poor.

I coloured Basic Rhinestone Jewels with the alcohol markers so that they would match.

I wanted to ensure that I cut identical frames for the back and front of the piece and so I used some old washi tape to keep them in the correct position, allowing for multiple identical frames to be cut.
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I use my cutting mat to help align the dies for my frame

I then use washi tape to keep the frame in the correct position for cutting multiple identical frames

The closed easel card

I also made a variant of this card for a sympathy card.  This butterfly is stamped onto vellum but I still added the piece of white behind it to make it pop more.

Looking back at these photos has been really interesting.  Believe it or not, both cards were made with the same Bermuda Bay cardstock but I photographed one with my phone and the other with my Canon camera - they look quite different.  I do apologise for that!
Beautiful Day butterfly stamped onto vellum and coloured with Stampin' Blends alcohol markers

The view of the closed card
To make the die cut narrower, I positioned the die as required and then placed the top cutting plate only over the area to be cut - as shown in the image below. TIP:  I "wiggle" the die gently until I can feel the blade of the die fitting into the die cut to match what has already been cut.

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This is how I resized / reshaped the die cut.

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  1. Love these, Stephanie! Thank you for all the tips with the dies. Best Birthday wishes to your great niece! Hopefully the sympathy card is for your stash.

    1. Thank you RaeDeen. Sadly the sympathy card was not for my stash. My sister-in-law died suddenly and unexpectedly a couple of weeks ago. A mild heart attack turned bad really quickly. We're all in shock. Coronovirus distancing measures make things worse as we can't mourn and support each other as people normally do.
      Stay well and safe xx

  2. Ohhhhhh, Stephanie....I am so very sorry to hear of your loss and heartache!!!! My heart aches for you and your family!! Truly and deeply! You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you an extra measure of love, Friend.