Friday, June 11, 2010

Butterfly Card

It’s finally here: my first card (well, anything) post — joy!

I’ve been working hard and trying to create some fun spring cards. These happen to be thank-you notes, but they could really bear any message you wanted. These butterflies are just so darn cute–they could say anything! I got the dimensional idea to make the wings stand up from Jennifer McGuire (she’s where most of my ideas come from, including my blog name. Check her out here. You’ll fall instantly in love with her style!). I have to admit, I used my Cricut for this card, but you could certainly get away making these without one — just be creative in your shape-cutting!

For this project, I used:

  • Paper Products
    • Textured notecards by DCWV, from their “Box of Cards” in what I like to call “Dusty White” and “Bright Sky” (they are otherwise nameless)
    • Cardstock by Recollections, from the “Neutrals” pack in what I like to call “Chocolate,” “Silver Lining,” and “Snow White” (again, otherwise nameless)
    • Paper by My Mind’s Eye, from the Bohemia stack
  • Tools
    • Butterfly Punch by Martha Stewart Crafts
    • Cricut Cartridge: Accent Essentials
      • Accents 48, 11, and 6
    • Mini Mister by Ranger
    • 1/4 inch square foam adhesives…lost the paperwork for this one!
  • Stamps, Ink, and Other Visuals
    • Antique Linen Distress Ink by Ranger
    • Black ink by Color Box
    • Aqua ink by Color Box
    • Block Stamps 1 by Autumn Leaves
    • Dots and Flowers stamp by Hero Arts
    • Thank You stamp from Expressions Set by Hero Arts
    • Perfect Pearls in Perfect Pearl by Ranger (used in the Mini Mister)

I don’t think my blog will ever be used to provide step-by-step directions, but with the list of products, I hope you can all figure it out on your own, if you are so inclined. Plus, it’s way more fun to be inspired by people and then add your own twist. Your work will be much more “you” that way. And we all want our work to scream “me me meee!!!” : )

As I mentioned earlier, I was very inspired by Ms. McGuire to make these; I just LOVE her work. It’s always so clean, simple, and cheerful. As far as I’m concerned, things don’t need to be fancy to be fun or cute, which is my goal when I make cards. (That, and of course enjoying myself while I make them!)

I hope these have inspired you to usher in spring by sending someone a card of some kind. Snail mail may be slow, and it may cost more than e-mail, but let me tell you — nothing beats seeing a pretty envelope with a hand-written address in your mailbox!

Happy spring!