Sometimes the best creative challenge is to just pile assorted elements onto your desk and see what happens- kind of like cooking without a recipe. That is how this card came about. I started with an assortment of new dies that I was itching to use and a large tag but with no idea of what I wanted to make. After standing and pondering the pile on my desk for a bit I decided on a card, but I wanted it to have a little twist or something different. I think I managed to do just that!
Fold a large #10 tag 4 3/4″ from the bottom edge of the tag to create a top fold card. The back part of the card should be slightly taller than the long side of the courtyard pattern die from the Mixed Media Thinlits set.
Place one cutting pad on a magnetic platform. Place the folded tag (card) on the cutting pad. Place the die blade side down on the card over both layers of the card. Leave a thin border of card along the left and bottom edge. The fold should be at the top and the wide side of the die should be at the bottom where the card is just a single layer. Place the second cutting pad on top of the stack and pass through the machine.
The design will not cut through both layers of the card. Thinlits dies are designed to cut one layer of paper. If you try to cut two, it will probably cut the top and emboss the design to the second layer. The area that was a single layer will probably only emboss/etch the design.
The cool thing about Thinlits dies like this one is that you can place them over a previously cut design and line it up again. With the help of the magnetic platform you can run the piece through the machine again with it perfectly lined up.
After die cutting, the card will have the intricate design through the front and back of the card.
The design will match up when closed since the two layers were cut together.
Paint the inside of the card with Picket Fence Distress Paint. Paint in straight lines for top to bottom. The paint will create a whitewash resist. The more paint you apply the less color you will have. Leaving streaks in the paint will leave places for color. Dry the paint with a heat tool.
Turn the card over and apply the Picket Fence paint to the other side of the card in the same way. Dry the paint with a heat tool.
Mist the inside of the card with Tumbled Glass Distress Spray Stain on the solid side of the card and Bundled Sage Distress Spray Stain along the die cut side of the card. (Or of course any colors you choose.)
Blot the excess stain with a dry cloth. Dry with a heat tool. As you can see, the color will settle in the grooves of the paint and the areas without paint.
Repeat on the other side of the card. Blot the excess mist from the card with a dry cloth and dry with a heat tool.
Mist 1 yard of Crinkle Ribbon with water. Toss the wet ribbon in the excess mist from the card to color it. Wring the moisture out of the ribbon with a dry cloth. Dry with a heat tool.
Lightly sand the edges of the card. Sanding will remove some of the paint so that you can ink the edges of the card. Without sanding, the paint will resist the ink.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to the edges and fold lines on both sides of the card.
Use an ink blending tool to apply a highlight color (Scattered Straw) to the center area of the solid side of the card.
Buff over the ink with a dry cloth to remove the ink that is on the dried paint. The color will stay in the unpainted areas and in the grooves.
Cut a piece of vellum (Tim Holtz Wallflower Vellum) to the same size as the back of the card.
Spread Collage Glue stick over the front of the vellum.
Adhere the vellum adhesive side down on the back of the card. Burnish over the vellum well with a bone folder to smooth out any wrinkles.
Turn the card over. Spread more glue stick over the die cut area.
Sprinkle Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter over the glue. Smooth out any clumps of glue with your finger.
Wrap the ribbon around the front of the card (the short flap) and tie off in a bow. (Need bow help? Check out the Fluffy Bow tutorial.) Add a Tiny Attacher staple to each side of the card to keep the bow in place.
Die cut a butterfly from the manila cardstock using the Butterfly Duo die. Emboss the butterfly with the matching (and included!) Texture Fade embossing folder.
Mist the die cut with Abandoned Coral Distress Spray Stain.
Blot the excess stain with a dry cloth and dry with a heat tool.
Dab over the die cut with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
Dry the paint with a heat tool.
Sand the raised areas to knock off some of the paint.
Brush over the raised areas of the die cut directly with a Gathered Twigs Distress Ink Pad.
Sprinkle clear embossing powder over the wet ink.
Melt the embossing powder with a heat tool.
Mist the die cut with Perfect Pearls Mist. I used Interference Red Perfect Pearls Mist.
Blot the excess mist with a dry cloth. Dry the die cut with a heat tool.
Adhere the butterfly die cut to the front of the card over the top of the ribbon with a piece of adhesive foam tape.
Die cut a sentiment for the card using one of the Love Thinlits dies. Coloring the cardstock before die cutting will make it easy to have color on the very intricate die cut.
Use a die pick to push the intricate die cut out of the die through the small holes in the back of the die.
Pounce clear embossing ink onto the die cut.
Sprinkle clear embossing powder over the die cut.
Use a heat tool to melt the embossing powder. I like adding embossing powder to an intricate die cut like this one. I feel it adds strength and added structure to the die cut.
Run the die cut through a Xyron to apply adhesive to it.
Adhere the sentiment to the lower right corner of the card.
Embellish the card with rub-ons. I added stitching also.
Accent the text in a Typed Token with Picket Fence Distress Paint. Adhere the token below the bow.
Bend the wings of the butterfly up to add dimension.
I love the way the die cut openings on the front cover match with the ones on the inside. It looks like it should have been difficult to create, but it was so easy!
I love the way the front of the card blends right into the back, making it almost look like it is one piece before opening to show the inside.