Striped Butterfly

Striped ButterflyI’d meant to get this posted hours ago but, well, I hadn’t made it. I had originally intended to make and blog about 2 cards today. When I started making the first one I decided not to include one particular challenge in it, which meant that actually it didn’t need to be made today. This one still did though.

This card is a response to several challenges. The layout comes from retro sketches provided.

Inspiration for the card came from the challenge at Inspired By All The Little Things. They provided this image as inspiration:

I’m also using this card as a response to Simon Says Stamp – their Wednesday challenge gave the theme of “touchy feely” – and Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge.

I started by using my butterfly punch on some strips of patterned paper. I decided to use one of the pieces as a base for the whole shape, just to make it a bit more secure, and stuck the other pieces onto that base to give a striped look.

The butterfly of course was inspired by the picture provided, and I also tried to use colours and patterns that relate to the picture. The soft pink and floral tones, for example.

Next I chose and stamped the sentiment onto the card. I decided to go simple for this. I stamped it directly onto the card-base which in hindsight I don’t think I should have done. Then I chose some more strips of patterned paper for the left hand side of the card.

Striped Butterfly 2To assemble the card I stuck the butterfly punched strips with foam tape to raise them up. Initially I was thinking of sticking both of the left strips directly to the card-base, but after some thought I decided to raise one of them up with tape too. I felt that the different dimensions gave the card some texture, which I needed for one of the challenges.

As a final touch I added a pink rhinestone flower into the wing of the butterfly which added a little more texture.

For a card that was hurriedly put together I am relatively happy with it. I think I should have mounted the whole lot onto some sort of background paper rather than directly onto the card-base. It turned out well enough though.

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