I imagine this design of a card has a name but I don’t know what it is so I’m just calling it a frame card. This card has always had a fascination for me ever since I saw it being made by Dawn Griffiths in one of her videos in my early days of crafting! I like it because it looks involved but it is really very easy to make. I have seen several variations on this theme but I think I still follow Dawn’s way.
I’m not sure why but I struggled with colours and designs for this card. My mind was already made up about the butterfly I wanted to use which is the smallest of the butterflies in this set and I knew that I already had two small butterflies which had been die-cut from the Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper (DSP). But first things first. I needed to work out how to create a frame that would fit my top layer nicely, i.e. not too big and not too small. Rather than waste any of my DSP I cut a piece of scrap paper that measured four inches square. I folded it it half side to side, and did it on the next side. The point of this exercise was to find the centre. Next, I took each point, one by one, and folded it to the centre.
Then I folded each point back on itself so it touched the outside edge of the frame and creating a square in the centre. The frame was too big so I took another scrap of paper which was three and a half inches square. This worked out beautifully. I cut my selected piece of DSP into my chosen size and did the folding. One of my sides of the square wasn’t straight so I had to re-do that fold – it wasn’t easy! My chosen die-cut butterfly was a bit bigger than I liked so I cut off all the white edges and the new size was lovely.
It took me ages to work out the colours of the layers. I think I found it difficult to see the two designs from the DSP working together but eventually everything fell into place. My card base is Blushing Bride Cardstock (CS) and the middle layer is Whisper White CS. Not everyone puts a layer inside their frame but I remember Dawn did. It’s a great idea because it covers up the folds created when finding the centre. I used Whisper White CS which measured 2 3/8″ square and I adhered both parts of the folded DSP using Glue Dots. I adhered my frame to a Blushing Bride CS which measured 2 5/8″ square, and then adhered that onto a piece of Whisper White CS that measured 2 3/4″ square.
After I had adhered the frame to the card front using Tombow, I adhered my butterfly using Tombow along his body with his wings folded up. For the sentiment I chose HAPPY BIRTHDAY from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set and stamped it using Blushing Bride Ink. I die-cut it using the no 1 slim die from the Stitched Rectangle Dies and than adhered it to a layer of Blushing Bride CS which measured 5/8″ x 2 5/8″.
I added the sentiment to the card front using Dimensionals and finished the front by adding some Faceted Gems on the frame and the sentiment. Inside the card I added a middle layer of Whisper White CS and a top layer of Blushing Bride CS. I drew a blank about decorating the inside so I’ve left it blank for the time-being!
When I go back to decorate the inside I think I’ll also paint the butterfly using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen! That’s it from me today! I look forward to being back with you tomorrow and in the meantime, please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
Products used for this project: please click on any of the links to be taken to my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! shop. The Hostess Code for MARCH 2021 is R329BMNW Thank you. xx
Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”