Today I have a challenge card from last Friday's JustRite Blog challenge--yes, I'm about a week behind. . . The challenge was simply to use a butterfly and soft spring colors. I pulled out my Butterfly Gardens set along with some softly colored My Mind's Eye Blush Lost and Found papers. I've had a couple of people asking about how to cut a shaped card base, so I used one of those while I was at it--hope it helps. (Sorry--I can't link Butterfly Garden since it just sold out after the challenge was announced. However, you can get some great deals at JustRite's Warehouse sale HERE. Every JustRite Original Stamp set is on sale for $10.00 or $5.00.)
Cutting a shaped card base is really pretty simple. You just cut, score, and fold your cardstock large enough to cut the shaped base, then place your chosen die (in this case, a Grand Scalloped Circles die) so that the die goes slightly past the fold. Letting the die extend past the fold gives you that little hinge part that you need. Sometimes I leave a larger hinge (where that little pen is), but in this case, I stayed very close to the edge since I had two scallops that I could hinge with. That edge is NOT cut through though.
Here is the same thing with a different base die. Click to enlarge, and you will be able to see the hinge on top a little better. Sometimes I run the plates through my Grand Calibur twice when I am using thicker cardstock--winding forward, then winding backward before it winds all of the way through.
These are the Copic markers that I used to color the image.
After coloring by Butterfly Garden image, I cut and embossed it with a Spellbinders Standard Circles Large die template. I stamped, colored, and trimmed an extra butterfly, which I coated in glitter after coloring. Other dies that I used were the Persian Motifs and Grand Circles. I added some self-adhesive pearls from Zva Creative to accent the Persian Motifs shape. Well, that's it for today. I hope you are having a fabulous week, and thanks for stopping by!