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Thursday, 6 June 2013

Floating Butterfly Birthday Card

Hello Friends

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my Accordian card in the previous post.  I have made a smaller one for this post.  I think this Accordian die is one I am going to get a lot of use from.

The card I am showing here was meant to be a birthday card, for a friend who worries about getting older, but I used quite thick acetate to make the base, so thick in fact that the card will not fold!  Lesson learned but it makes a nice decoration!  I made the card as a single fold card but the Accordian card can be made as long as you wish.


The base frame is made from thick acetate and I used the Karen Burniston Accordian 3-D die to cut it out.  Using the sister die (Frame & Label, Bracket die) I cut out the frame four times using 7 Dot Studios papers that I received in a recent win and glued these in place over the acetate, front and back.  This creates a good strong base and covers up the joins created when putting the base card together.

I have been asked a few times whether the second die is necessary.  I did try making a card without it (I did not know there was a second die at the time) but cutting out the covering frame and smaller bracket was a nightmare.  The second die cuts the frame to cover the base and also the small bracket die cut to fit inside.  It gives a much more professional look and saves a lot of work, so for me it was necessary.

This left the see through, floating frames in the middle which I decorated with stamped and cut out butterflies and flowers, which I glued in place with Glossy Accents.  The flowers and butterflies were coloured with Distress Stains in Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint and Antique Linen.



I edged the card with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and used a rub-on from my stash for the sentiment.


I want to enter a couple of challenges with this card.  The first is Country View Crafts where the challenge is to use die cuts.  The base card and the frame of my card are both die cuts.

The second challenge is Simon Says Stamp and Show where the challenge is to be inspired by the letter 'S'.  I have made a See through card, used Stamps, Distress Stains and added a Sentiment so I hope that is enough to qualify!

Thanks for looking and a special thank you if you leave a comment.  Keep on creating!  Hugs, Anne x

64 comments:

  1. WOW!! This is stunning Anne. The design is wonderful. I love how those gorgeous butterflies are floating in the air.
    hugs Sue xx

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  2. Hi Anne...I just can't take my eyes off this...the floating butterflies look fantastic, and the colours are so well balanced. A great piece.
    Dot x

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  3. Fabulous Anne, the use of the acetate is brilliant. This is such a pretty decoration. Thanks for choosing to share it at Country View Crafts.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  4. What a fantastic card Anne. You always amaze me with your ideas and this is really beautiful. Those butterflies are lovely and the sentiment I love. Hugs Rita xxx

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  5. That is so pretty!
    One of the prettiest cards I have ever seen!

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  6. Beautiful Butterflies! What a stunning card Anne, using acetate gives a wow factor too, and the rub ons are such a good idea as stamping can be a bit tricky on acetate I find. Would just like to say thank you for becoming a follower. Hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Hugs Lottie x

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  7. Good morning, Anne (our time).
    I looked at this lovely card and knew immediately you had used your new die. What a gorgeous application of it, and the colours are really appealing. Go for the challenges and I hope you win!
    Enjoy the weekend,
    Ros.

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  8. Oh Anne...I LOVE your see through card! The transparent diecuts are just wonderful with the butterflies! Brilliant really! The sentiment is hilarious! What a beautiful and FUN card! Thank you for sharing your letter S make with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

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  9. Fabulous make Anne x the colour palette is a favourite and you butterflies are stunning. Good luck in the challenges

    Annie x x

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  10. ...this is so gorgeous Anne, love your card, so much work and detail...Melxx :)

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous , those flying butterflies look scrummy! Hugs trace x

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  12. That is so clever Anne!! Knew you would use this set of dies in a truly inventive way and this is it. Using the acetate is genius and the butterflies and flowers make sense the most of those transparent panels. Huge round of applause Anne. Hugs, Jenny x

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  13. Well, first, you forgot to say your card is Sensational! Stunning! Spellbinding! Stupendous, even! And I will Spit if you don't win!! This work of art should never have been considered a foldable card in the first place. It's ridiculous to think that this would ever be put anywhere but open and on display!! Your butterflies are so real-looking, translucent, and fabulous! I'm just sitting here shaking my head. All that work is too much for me to take in. I'm in awe, Annie. xxoo Darnell

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  14. Wow, this is another amazing creation using those wonderful dies!! I have to say I am becoming very, very tempted! Love the idea of the acetate (too bad it is now a decoration rather than a card, - in fact not bad at all, this is worthy of being more than just a card....!). Love also how you have decorated it with the flowers and butterflies and the sentiment finishes it off just perfectly!!

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  15. This is just beautiful - love the design and the blues and browns. Good idea to use thick acetate - it will be left out to be seen rather than folded away and put in a drawer!!

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  16. Anne this really is a stunner! The frame is beautiful and those butterflies! the way they seem to float in the frame is just wonderful. Have a very happy weekend xx

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  17. ooh this is beautiful! I love the floating butterflies! The colours are gorgeous and I think those dies were definitely worth buying! xx

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  18. What a lovely card Anne- I just love the floating butterflies. A very inspirational piece and thanks for sharing it with us at CVC this month. Jennie x

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  19. this is absolutely beautiful Anne - such a gorgeous card - your friend is going to love it! Have a wonderful day! Hugs rachel x

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  20. A very clever design Anne, it makes a stunning card, I love it! X

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  21. This is so much more than a card, it really is a decoration and doesn't that make it all the more special, it can remain on display for long after your friend's birthday.
    The acetate is such a clever idea and the butterflies look as though they are floating on air.
    Gorgeous!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  22. Hi Anne, this is a fantastic card, and echoing previous comments, it really does look as though the butterflies are in the air. Fabulous die and use of acetate. Love the colours you have used. I'm sure your friend will love it as well. Thank you also for your lovely comments. Have a great weekend, cheers, Di

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  23. Hey Anne! Unbelievably beautiful - so gorgeous. Those butterflies look as if they are flying. Oh Lordy you are talented!
    Saney

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  24. Hi Anne
    this is so pretty I love how the butterflies are floating and those flowers are so lovely.
    Would it not fold once a bone folder had been taken down the edge on both the front and back of the card?
    I love this a lot very pretty
    Ria

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  25. Hi Anne, WOW...What a Gorgeous creation...Fabulous idea to use acetate.. the Butterflies are Amazing... you are so talented to think up this design... Love it so much...Great sentiment too! your friend will treasure this for sure... Hugs May x x x

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  26. Hi Anne, another WOW! This is beautiful, I love how you have used the acetate, the butterflies really do look as if they are flying and the colours are gorgeous. A really stunning creation, hugs, Carole Z X

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  27. Lovely see through card, love how the butterflies appear to be floating and the stamping on the acetate is fabulous. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

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  28. Ingenious Anne and simply stunning! I LOVE it and would leave it up all year round! The acetate is inspired making the oretty butterflies appear to float. Sentiment is fab and fun. You and your new crafting room are in very fine creative form! Happy Weekend! Nicola x

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  29. Fantastic, Anne!

    I sooooo love your card!!! What a wonderful idea to let the lovely butterflies "fly"! I only recently got my accordeon card die but haven't had any time yet to try something with it (and I am afraid I won't have any time for it within the next whole week due to a lot of hectic going on....)....but your awesome card is definitely very inspiring! LOVE your accordeon card!

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  30. Great work Anne! What a good idea to use acetate in this way. The butterflies ,and the sentiment reall look as though they are floating, beautiful butterflies x

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  31. Hi Anne, beautiful card! I love how the butterflies appear to be floating and the colour scheme is just perfect. Claire x

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  32. Love the use of acetate Anne - it really shows off those wonderful butterflies to perfection. I had to go and look for this die and found a You-tube video which demonstrated it really well. Could be tempted now you've shown how versatile it can be. Love, Margie xx

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  33. So enchanting - your fluttering butterflies are wonderful!
    Alison x

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  34. Another stunning card! The colors are breathtaking. I seriously love this card. Great work.

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  35. Oh! Wow! I love this wonderful card and fantastic idea, just so beautiful

    Patricia xxx

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  36. Another stunner Anne! Will have to check out that die such a clever idea! xx

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  37. Such a brilliant idea! I love those floating butterflies, gorgeous! xxx Julie Ann

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  38. This is so beautiful, Anne.... I'm amazed by how cool the transparency piece is for your card!

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  39. OMW Anne - this is so fantastic. I love it and the transparency with those butterflies - so fabulous. You are such an inspiration to all of us. Have a fab weekend Karen x

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  40. Hi Anne, I love this card. The idea of using the acetate to make the butterflies float is wonderful. Another clever use of this lovely die. Hugs Mo x

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  41. Another stunning card, and it is lovely. Just saw this 'floating' technique done on a Scrap Made Simple video last night. Unique! Your flowers are so pretty against the acetate. Great job as always. Good luck in your challenges. TFS

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  42. This card is so beautiful! That die looks fab with the acetate. The sentiment is just right...I smiled when read it!

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  43. Waw, love this card. I have floated butterflies using the sizzix spiral before but would love to have a go at this. Oh! dear another die for the wish list. xx Flora

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  44. Oh, Anne, das ist eine wunderschöne Karte, ich bin ganz verzaubert von den süßen Blüten am Rand und den herrlichen Schmetterlingen.
    Traumhaft schön und eine super Idee.

    Liebe Grüße von Sophie xx

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  45. Such a beautiful card Anne. I just love those floating butterflies. Pretty colours, wonderful flowers and a card that would delight anyone who received it!
    Enjoy your Sunday.
    Hugs, Juliaxx

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  46. Beautiful! A great technique and a fabulous card! Chrisx

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  47. WOW,WOW,WOW,46 well deserved comments this card is stunning, those gorgeous butterflies floating on the card with the beautiful flowers, its a brilliant make, thanks for sharing your creativity with us and have a wonderful day..

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  48. Anne...now THIS is gorgeous! I really really LOVE what you've done with the accordion card here. Those butterflies are just gorgeous and really do seem to just be fluttering as butterflies do. Such a beautiful make! <3 Candy

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  49. Wow! That is just stunning Anne. Gorgeous! Kimx

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  50. OMG!!!
    I'm so glad I came to visit today to see this Beautiful card! What a Lovely display of open space with the butterflys and flowers.... You did an Outstanding job on this one for sure!!!

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  51. This is beautiful I love the double acetate too. Sam

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  52. Hi
    Just popped back to say I put the mermaid post back on draft as I somehow managed to delete the photo! Can't reload up here...have to wait till I am home again! Thankls for letting me know!

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  53. Great card with the floating butterflies effect. Your sentiment made me laugh - she must be a dear friend, lol. Love your insights and advice about the products you use.

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  54. Anne your card is delightful! We learn as we play don't we. I have used that die for many things but not, until now with acetate! I am sure your friend would have been totally delighted with your beautiful gift!

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  55. ps. I hope you can now see the photo ... two computers at home here are showing it ok ... thanks Anne x

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  56. Beautiful, the acetate window with the floating butterflies looks beautiful. x

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  57. Anne,not sure if you do Youtubes, but if so, check out Scrap Made Simple. She did a technique recently with the acetate - similar to this - using a Sizzix scallop circle die. I thought about your beautiful card here, when I watched it. Might be something you'd enjoy. I enjoyed coming back to visit and looking at this one again!! LOL. Hugs

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  58. Beautiful summer card, love the butterflies and flowers combination.

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  59. Not enough words to describe how beautiful this is...love it...hugs kath xxx

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  60. Oh my flying butterflies! Anne, this is the most incredible creation using that die! I love those floating butterflies, just love them! Enjoy the weekend! Hugs!

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  61. Anne, this card is gorgeous. I love the design of the card and the use of the transparency makes it even more magical. The butterflies and flowers are beautiful and your sentiment makes me laugh. You are so creative!

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  62. Oh my goodness, this is sooooooooo gorgeous. I found this through Astrids blog, where she told, that she got the idea from you here, and I must say, I´m just as impresed about this, as she was. Do you have any kind of tutorial for how this is made??? I´ve been looking around, but don´t see anything like that, but would really love to find out, how to make such a gorgeous creation myself too, so I hope, you´ll please tell me a bit about, how it´s made?
    All your work here is absolutely stunning, you´re a very talented lady, that´s for sure, and it´s been a huge pleasure to look around here among all your stunning creations.
    Have a wonderful day and lots of more fun.

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  63. Hi Maryann, thanks for your lovely comments! I have tried to find you but cannot. I hope you read this - there is a link to a video by Karen Burniston, who designed the frame, here:
    http://karenburniston.typepad.com/i_am_not_lefthanded/2012/07/cha-s-2012-bigz-accordion-flip-album.html Karen gives all the details and gives information on the two dies that are needed. Thanks again. Hugs, Anne x

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Thanks so much for visiting, I love reading your comments! Hugs, Anne x

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