Things have been a little slow here on the cardmaking front, due to illness and hospital visits etc, and that stuff really knocks all the creativity out of you after a while, so I stepped away from the craft room for a while till I located my mojo again or more like it, I needed some cards ASAP. March, April and May are busy months for our family, so here’s one that I made for Mother’s Day – 31st of March this year!
This card also features an older die set from Concord & 9th that is one of my all time favourites. The Floral and Flutter die set is also from 2016, the February release to be exact, but is still available to purchase either separately or with the co-ordinating stamp set. I do have a few other butterfly dies but I really love the fine, fragile nature of these dies and have used them in multiple projects.
For my card, I basically used one piece of Neenah solar white cardstock and folded it in half, making the card 8.5 inches tall by 5.5 inches wide (close to an A5 UK size). Due to the size of my card, I had to plan out the spacing of the butterflies and where I would stamp the sentiment to make sure it fitted!
Now I was going to put some patterned paper on the inside of the butterflies but couldn’t decide on one, so I went rummaging through my supplies and (re) discovered this alcohol ink background that I did last year – almost a year ago! It was exactly what I was looking for, who knew that it actually existed in my stash! See more alcohol backgrounds here.
I moved it around behind the butterfly cutouts till I was happy with the position and right up until this point, I had planned to glue the white diecut butterflies on to the front of the card… right up until I (re)discovered these distress oxide butterflies that I had cut out for another project, and the colours were so similar to the background that I had to try them. I don’t know if you have this problem, but sometimes I can’t decide which one looks better, so what I find helps is if I take photos of each option and then look at the photo, which seems to make it a lot clearer which direction I need to go in. I actually think they both look really good but with the addition of the flowers to the bottom left of the card, I think I had to go with the coloured versions and keep the white ones for another project.
I also made a matching envelope with some 12 inch paper I have had forever, and it comes in really handy for making these big envelopes for these bigger size cards with the Envelope Punch.
Here’s what was used FYI
Happy Words Stamp Set – Concord & 9th
Floral and Flutter Dies Set – Concord & 9th
Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Card 110lb
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform from Tonic Studios
WAMK Envelope Punch