Monday, 5 August 2013

Happy Birthday Butterfly Spinner Card - HOC August Sketch Challenge - Cute & Fun

Throughout August at House of Cards we have a sketch for you to work with - what a wonderful sketch it is too!  At HOC we have either a colour or sketch challenge that runs for the whole month - but we feature four different card styles, one per week, throughout the month.  This first week the challenge is for Cute and Fun cards made with the sketch.

As soon as I saw the layout, the idea of a spinner card came to me.  They are definitely fun and it's been far too long since I've made one!  I chose fun, bright colours for my card and used a butterfly die to make my spinner element.  The butterfly is suspended in the circular aperture using beading wire.  After you've written your card, twist the butterfly about 6 times, close the card and place it in the envelope.  When the recipient takes the card out of the envelope the butterfly will spin - what a fab and fun surprise!  

Here's a close up of the spinner in the aperture.

To make the card I cut the striped paper to size and adhered it to the front of the Melon Mambo A6 card base with repositionable tape.  I used a circle Nestie die to cut an aperture in the patterned paper and card front together at the same time.  I die cut two butterflies and glued the two shapes together, sandwiching beading wire between the two shapes.  I set the striped paper aside whilst I taped the wire to the front of the card so that the butterfly sat within the circle aperture and I adhered the striped paper over the top on to the card front - that way you get a neat finish as the beading wire ends are nicely hidden.  I attached the Melon Mambo strip, the Old Olive circular frame and added two Marina Mist buttons plus blue gems.  I used a sentiment with a cute and fun font, die cut it using a label die, sponged the edges with Old Olive ink and popped it up.  I added blue gems to the butterfly body and the sentiment label to complete the card front.  

Here's the inside and the envelope.  I cut a white panel for inside the card and glued on a panel of cloudy sky paper to show through the aperture.  I added narrow Old Olive CS strips plus a punched butterfly.  A die cut butterfly went on the envelope flap and I sprinkled on more blue gems.

I enjoyed myself  immensely making this fun card!  I hope you'll have fun too and share your Cute and Fun style cards with us at HOC this week.  The other Cute and Fun DT members have made fab cards to inspire you so do check them out!  

Next week we'll want to see CAS cards with the sketch, the week after it will be Classic and Elegant cards and we'll finish off August with Shabby and Vintage style cards using the sketch.  We have this helpful Definitions of Styles tab at the challenge blog if you'd like to take a look.  It would be wonderful if you'd try all the card styles and share your cards with us, we'd love to see them!  Everyone is welcome at our House!

Stamps: Hero Arts 'Birthday Messages' clear set
CS: SU! Melon Mambo, Old Olive & Whisper White

Patterned paper: SU! Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP pack
Ink: SU! Melon Mambo & Old Olive
Tools: SU! Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die, Circle Nestabilities dies, Spellbinder's Labels Trio die, SU! Bitty Butterfly punch, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Marina Mist buttons & Whisper White Baker's Twine, thin beading wire, blue gems, Dimensionals

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Tammy said...

WOW this is gorgeous Ruth! I love the bright colors and your fabulous spinner design!!
Hugs, Tammy

Mynnette said...

This is AWESOME, Ruth! LOVE the clouds you created and I adore the butterfly in front of it! Just amazing! HUGS and have a great week!

Pia S said...

Great call as for both design and colors. Definitely fun and very cheerful!

Nancy Seed said...

Love how you suspended the butterfly and finished the envelop with an additional one. Great job.

kelly said...

wow, look this bright and colourful spinner card, will have to set a side some time in the evenings to regularly check out what you've been up to.
Kelly xx

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