Peek-a-Butterfly

Peek-A-ButterflyThis card was an interesting one to make. Mod Squad’s Peek-a-Boo challenge and the aperture portion of Butterfly Challenge‘s challenge leant themselves nicely to a card with some kind of window in it. The Butterfly Challenge also asked for the use of the colour apricot and, of course, a butterfly. Crafty Catz also requested the addition of a butterfly, whilst One Crazy Stamper and A Bit More Time to Craft are both anything goes challenges. Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper challenge requires using patterned paper.

I started by cutting a window into my card base. Whilst I do have a couple of ready-made card bases with windows they are all rectangular, and I wanted a circular window. As I don’t yet have a die cutter I cut the shape using my craft knife, and the inside of a large tape roll as a guide.

I then cut a frame from apricot coloured paper to go around the window. I again used the tape roll to get my circle and cut it out. It’s not very precise and would definitely have looked much better if it had been die cut!

I wanted to add a lattice effect to the peephole. To do this I took some white card (actually the inner part of a paper plate that I’d used for crafting with one of the girls at work) and cut it into narrow strips. I arranged these across the apricot circle then used my tape runner to glue them in place. I glued one direction first, then added the second direction so that I could weave them together. I then stuck the circle with the lattice into place over the peephole section of the card.

For the peek-a-boo portion of the card I considered stamping either flowers or butterflies, but didn’t have anything I was happy with. Instead I decided to use some patterned paper, hence including Craftyhazelnut’s challenge. I went through my stash and tried a few options behind the window to see what worked best. Eventually I settled on the butterfly patterned one as seen in the photo. I measured and cut a square of that to be behind the aperture of the card.

I wanted to add a punched butterfly onto the lattice. I punched one from the same apricot paper I’d used for the “frame” of the window but it didn’t look quite right. Unable to find another paper that I felt work I instead coloured the butterfly I’d punched with a golden pen. That seemed to work well enough! I carefully attached it to the lattice using my tape runner.

The sentiment comes from my Panduro Hobby Balloon stamp set. It seemed to work quite well with the butterfly theme. I stamped it onto a separate piece of white card and cut it out. I rounded it off slightly because I felt it looked better against the circular window. I then adhered it to the front of the card with foam tape.

Peek-A-Butterfly 2When I made this card I wasn’t happy with it. It’s grown on me as the day has gone past, but even so I think it could have been better. I like the idea of it, but the execution didn’t work out as well as I would have liked.

Love,

Lady Joyful

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15 thoughts on “Peek-a-Butterfly

  1. Talk about a hand made card! WOW! I think your circle cut looks perfect and I love the way you weaved the white strips, it’s lovely! I also love the beautiful Designer Paper you have peeking from beneath, so pretty! Well done!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Mod Squad Challenge Donna, Challenge Host.

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  3. I love your Inititive to create your own circle and lattice work from what you had at hand. The circle looks perfect to me and I really did think you had used a lattice die. Thank you for fluttering by my challenge.
    Your card will be entered twice into the draw. Hugs Mrs A.

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