Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Flutterby Butterfly

Hello & welcome back.
 Phew! What a busy week its turning out to be.
 This week we are hosting our annual Christmas Shopping Evenings at Out Of The Blue, with last night being the first of the 3 evenings. 
I was kept very busy running up & down the stairs, topping up items that had sold, chatting to our loyal customers & handing out festive drinks & nibbles.
Looking forward very much to the next 2 nights which are no doubt going to be just as busy, so I thought I'd grab these few spare moments to share my card with you.

It's a pop up box card that my half of our workshop group made a little while back using Visible Image  stamps.
Visible image design & make all their own clear stamps so if you're not familiar with them, please check out their fab products, some of which we are very pleased to stock in our shop.

I've used 4 stamps by Visible Image, Large Butterfly, Butterfly, Butterfly Sentiment & Tall Grass.

I used a template to create the base box card out of a sheet of A4 cream card. There are lots of instructions on how to construct pop up boxes of varying sizes available on YouTube etc.
 Once constructed & decorated the card folds flat enough to fit inside an envelope.
 I created my own background paper by making a piece of A4 card wet & then using Cosmic Shimmer Water Paint Garden Tones set & applying the various colours in patches.
Once dry the background has a beautiful shimmer to it.
I then stamped the 2 sizes of butterfly stamps randomly with distress inks that toned in with the shimmer paint.
The A4 background card was then cut into panels, mat onto lilac card & applied to the panels on my base box.

I stamped & embossed 3 large butterflies & 4 small butterflies & painted them with the same Cosmic Shimmer paints & cut them out.
I added distress glitter to the butterflies & made antennae from craft wire with tiny beads on the ends.
I stamped & embossed the Tall Grass onto lilac card several times & then cut around it & glued it inside the inner supports inside the box & onto the back panel.
The butterflies on acetate were then glued in & around the grass so they appear to be fluttering .

I stamped the Butterfly sentiment on to the offcuts of my background sheet & chopped it up, attaching it to the very front panel with 3D foam pads.

It was great fun making this card & although it was maybe a little time consuming to complete within the 2 hour workshop timescale, many of our class members came back to show more pop up cards they had then made at home based on this design.
These butterfly stamps are some of my favourite stamps to use & are great for lots of occasions.

I'd like to enter this card in the Visible Image November Challenge.

Thanks for visiting
See you soon

Amy x 


  1. Totally gorgeous, I love the butterflies and your colour tones are ace x
    sandie xx

  2. Amy this is absolutely beautiful <3 Love your colour choices and it's a fabulous design! Enjoy the rest of your Christmas shopping evenings, sounds fantastic! xx

  3. WOW this is stunning Amy, I love the gorgeous butterflies and fabulous colours.
    Linda xxx

  4. Hi Amy this is such a gorgeous pop-up box card I love the butterflies are beautiful. Hugs Jackie

  5. This is stunning Amy, the colours are gorgeous. I'm a recent convert to Visible Image stamps after finding them at Harrogate last month. Carol x

  6. Your card is absolutely gorgeous Amy! I just love the beautiful butterflies and your wonderful colour tones. Hope your evenings at the shop go well. Anne xx

  7. This is so gorgeous, those butterflies look stunning! I always love your beautiful colour schemes too.

  8. Gorgeous card Amy, I didn't get a good look at it at our workshops, so sorry I missed the Christmas shopping, hope it went well - still not feeling 100% but getting there! Carole X

  9. Amy this is beautiful! I love the colours and of course the butterfly is my 'Favourite Visible Image Stamp'. I am so glad you shared this project with us at Visible Image, thank you! :-)

  10. lovely card inspired to give the 'box' another go!

  11. Aww what a beautiful creation, fab choice of stamps and gorgeous colours. Thank you for entering the Visible Image November challenge, Good luck :)