Today’s video shows how to make a butterfly slider card. I case’d this card from a Jennifer McGuire video where she demonstrated three different ideas. It’s well worth checking out her video Made in Minutes: Beaded Slider Card. This wasn’t my first choice for this week’s video but I had tried two fancy fold cards that I thought were brilliant ideas but dismissed them for different reasons once I had made them! Fortunately, I had started early enough to move on to plan C!! LOL!
My card before the video is the black, white and red card. The combination of colours with the Perfectly Pencilled Designer Series Paper (DSP) was inspired by a card shared on my JanB Happy Crafting Facebook Group by Karen Egan aka kraftykarendesigns.blogspot.com. My group is open to all crafters and they are free to use products of their choice i.e. they don’t have to be Stampin’ Up! products. If you haven’t joined yet, please click on the link; it’d be great to have you onboard!
Other products I used on this card include the Butterfly Brilliance Stamp Set and matching Brilliant Wings Dies. The sentiment was stamped using Real Red ink and is from the Flowering Tulips Stamp Set. The gems are Iridescent Pearls Basic Jewels which I painted using a Dark Real Red Stampin’ Blend. In the video I showed my box of exhausted Blends that have passed their best; I keep them to paint gems rather than using my current Blends and run the risk of damaging the brush tips!
The card I made before the black, red and white card is the Parakeet Party card. I used some Butterfly Kisses 6″ x 6″ DSP and used the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment from the Heron Habitat Stamp Set. I used a die from the Stylish Shapes to die-cut the sentiment and the Deckled Rectangle Dies to cut the window. Both sets of these dies are stand-alone dies i.e. there isn’t a matching stamp set. They are available in the new Annual Catalogue.
I was disappointed with this card because the window was too big for the die and I decided I didn’t like such a plain background for the butterfly! The card I made previous to the Parakeet Party card was the 7″ x 5″ Soft Succulent card. This was much easier to make purely because of the size! I used two designs from the Symbols of Fortune DSP. I thought it would have looked better with the more-patterned design on the card front and the cloud design as the butterfly background.
However, hubby thought this card looked great which only served to make me even more confused as to which way I should be going! Now to my prototype! I used the elephant because I love the image but I think it’s a rather misleading! I say this because the image could/would suggest a child’s card but I’d never make a child’s card using beads because they are a choking hazard.
Jennifer McGuire showed how to really anchor the thread down very securely and the beads should not be able to break loose but it’s not a risk I would take, nor would I encourage anyone else to take, either! The DSP on the card front is from Symbols of Fortune DSP and the elephant’s background is from New Horizons 6″ x 6″ DSP. I thought the background worked brilliantly for this card!
The sentiment and die is the same as for the Soft Succulent card and the cardstock is Smokey Slate. Now on to my video card! Following on from the black, red and white card, I made it two successful cards in a row. My conclusions on making this a successful slider card is to have a window size in proportion to the size of the butterfly, and to have two fairly well decorated DSP designs that complement each other.
For the last two cards I made i.e. the before-video card and the video card, I used the Stylish Shapes Dies to cut the window and to die-cut the sentiment. With the first three cards, I used the die which cut the window, plus the next size up to die-cut a frame for the window. This wasn’t necessary when I used the Stylish Shapes dies as thy create a dotted line on the inside of the square and a stitched line outside the square i.e. on the card front!
If you don’t have any seed beads in your stash, you could use a small straw as an alternative. I also found something in my craft room that would work brilliantly, too. I have a can of my hubby’s air duster aerosol that he uses to clean computer keyboards as well as the cutting track of my trimmer! These aerosols always come with a very fine plastic tube which fits in the nozzle. This makes the air exit the can at a phenomenal speed blasting dust from all nooks and crannies!
To colour the butterflies, I used three Blends each: the black, white and red card – Light Poppy Parade, Dark Real Red, Dark Cherry Cobbler; the Parakeet Party card – Light Fresh Freesia, Dark Highland Heather, Light Blackberry Bliss; the Soft Succulent and the Pear Pizzazz cards – Light Calypso Coral, Light and Dark Cajun Craze. I used Dark Smokey Slate on all the butterfly bodies as well as painting them all over with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. For the elephant I used Light and Dark Smokey Slate and SU1000 from the Light Natural Tones Stampin’ Blends.
I hope you enjoy today’s video and all the tips I gave as I was demonstrating how to make this great slider card. I wish you a very blessed Sunday and look forward to being back with you soon. In the meantime, please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
C6/A2 Card Measurements
Cardstock – 8¼” x 5¾” (21cm x 14.5cm) US 8½” x 5½”
Scored & folded at 4⅛” (10.5cm) US 4¼”
Basic White Cardstock – 2 pieces 3⅞” x 5½” (9.9cm x 13.9cm) US 4” x 5¼”
Cardstock – top layer inside card 3¾” x 5⅜” (9.6cm x 13.6cm) US 3⅞” x 5⅛”
Designer Series Paper – top layer card front 3¾” x 5⅜” (9.6cm x 13.6cm) US 3⅞” x 5⅛”
Designer Series Paper – behind butterfly 3⅝” x 5¼” (9.3cm x 13.3cm) US 3¾” x 5”
Basic White Cardstock – scraps for sentiment and images
Cardstock – scrap for frame round window
7” x 5” Card Measurements
Card base 10” x 7” (25.4cm x 17.8cm)
Scored & folded at 5” (12.7cm)
Middle layer: 2 pieces 6¼” x 4¼” (15.8cm x 10.8cm)
Top layer: 2 pieces 6” x 4” (15.2cm x 10.2cm) – one piece of cardstock and one piece of Designer Series Paper
Designer Series Paper behind butterfly – 6⅛” x 4⅛” (15.5cm x 10.5cm)
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