Thursday, 19 January 2017

Back to Blogland with this Butterfly GAP Card - Trimcraft DT

Hello, yes it's me! I'm back again after a little break.  A lot happened towards the end of 2016, some good (Cardmaker of the Year!) unfortunately some sad (a very dear friend passed away). But with a New Year comes new beginnings and new inspiration and I'd like to start by sharing this  +Trimcraft Ltd project with you.

Have you seen the free Dovecraft die set on the cover of Crafts Beautiful magazine (February Issue #302)?  It consists of 2 dies, a large and detailed butterfly die and a ‘With Love’ sentiment.  I thought I would update my Butterfly GAP card style with a modern look, so have teamed vibrant Cerise glitter card with the black & white papers of FE ‘Black Out’. The turquoise inside panel adds just a pop of contrast colour to peep out from the ‘gap’.  Gap cards don’t always have to involve straight lines, you can easily alter the look by using a gently curving line like this one.

Step By Step:
  1. Score and fold Dovecraft A4 black card and trim down to create a 7 ½” x 5 ½” card base with fold across the top.
    Cut a panel of turquoise paper from First Edition ‘Story Teller’ 8x8 paper pad and adhere inside card using d/s tape.

  2. Cut a panel of floral black & white paper from the FE ‘Black Out 8x8 pad and adhere to card front using d/s tape around the edges but also glue on the reverse particularly along where the diagonal line with go.
  3. Open up card blank with card front paper side upwards and using a craft knife or scissors carefully cut a simply wavy line across the card front, see photos. (You may wish to pencil the line first to guide you).
    Remove the bottom part and trim a small strip off the bottom so the wavy line is now a small gap when positioned against the card base.
  4. Using the free Dovecraft die set, cut 1 sentiment and 3 butterflies from Dovecraft Cerise glitter Card (DCGC18). 
    Using a clear drying glue, adhere the sentiment and 3 butterflies onto Dovecraft Vellum and cut each out leaving a border all around. 
  5. Next cut 3 more vellum butterfly outlines and use these to ‘attach’ the top and bottom of the card front, you will need to use a clear drying glue and position them at angles so they look to be flying across the card.  (Use something heavy to hold down the card front whilst the vellum butterflies dry.

    When Gap card is attached, add the 3 glitter & vellum layered butterflies on top of their matching vellum shapes along the ‘Gap’.  Fold up the wings on each butterfly and glue only along the body.  When dry you can bend up the wings a bit more.
  6. Adhere the Glitter & Vellum layered sentiment to card front at top left.
    Add a length of purple ric rac ribbon across the bottom of the card (Santoro) using clear drying glue and allow to dry.
  7. To finish, add a sprinkle of Bohemian Sequins gluing in place. 
    Note*If you wish to add more strength to your card front, then just cut a piece of Dovecraft Acetate the same size as card front and use a strip of perma fix tape along the top only and attach behind card front panel to give an extra independent clear layer.  (You could also use this to add a hidden sentiment if you wish).

Products Used:
Free Cover Gift - Dovecraft Die Set - Crafts Beautiful Magazine

First Edition 8x8 FSC Paper Pad Black Out


First Edition 8x8 FSC Paper Pad Storyteller


Dovecraft A4 Black Card


Dovecraft A4 Premium Vellum


Dovecraft A4 Acetate Sheets


A4 Glitter Card (Cerise)


SANTORO®'s Willow Ribbon Box


Dovecraft Bohemian Sequins