Saturday 6 April 2013

Purple butterfly card

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well today. This is my very first 
Guest DT post for 'The Craft Barn'. I was  so thrilled to be asked 
as you can imagine :) The theme this week is  'Upcycle week' so I
 decided to upcycle a lemonade can. Not done much of this but I
 quite like the idea of it now.Anyway come and look what I made....
Card Recipe
First I made a 144 mm card base and used it tent fold style. 
I used an old lemonade can , I cut the top and bottom part off,
then cut the cylinder in half using scissors.
 I punched three butterflies
from the metal,
 then  ran  those through an embossing folder for
 Using some TH alcohol ink in purple, I dabbed some
onto the butterflies. I used a heat gun to set the colour.
  Then I used three Promarkers to add colour to each butterfly
 & heat set those also. I used a dark blue Promarker to colour the
separate body and feelers. I heat set these again and then glued
these onto the main butterflies. I printed a sentiment  and glued it
onto the card, after first distressing it with some TH purple ink.
I cut two more strips of white card & used  3d pads to raise it
 above the main part of the card either side of the sentiment. I cut
 a strip of purple card & added that to the side of the other two strips.
 A few clear gems added to the butterflies completes this card.
Also see below for free P&P offers at 'The Craft Barn'.
  "As part of our Grand Opening celebration following our move,
from 6pm on Friday (5th April) to 6pm on Monday (8th April) 
we have
free P&P on all UK orders 
(for customers outside the UK shipping is free for orders over £30)"

144mm white textured card base
Empty lemonade can
Memory Box Moonlight Butterfly die
Cuttlebug embossing folder Script
TH Alcohol ink Purple Twilight,
TH Distress ink Dusty Concord
Promarkers Cobalt blue, Carmine, Forest green, Indigo blue
 PP sentiment 
Viv xx


Canonbury creations said...

Beautiful butterflies Viv, stunning card! I've never tried this but what an effect:) Many congrats on your well deserved GT spot at Craft Barn. It's sunny here today, long may it continue, enjoy the weekend Viv.
Val x

Viv said...

Great job! I use beer cans to make wall hangings and stuff... does that say something about the differences in our drinking habits???? LOL
have a lovely weekend! x

Chrissy C said...

Oh my goodness how clever is this. Never even thought of doing that.

Sasha said...

Gorgeous card, Viv.....your butterflies look fabulous! Thank you for showing us how you created them. Congratulations on your GD spot, so well deserved! xx

Karen said...

Firstly these butterflies are just gorgeous Viv!!!! Having had a scroll down I can see why Izzy was so excited to find you :D Your work is stunning my lovely x

Beth Fairweather said...


Sue said...

WOW!! This is wonderful Viv. Your butterflies look amazing and I love the way you have coloured them.
Hugs Sue xx

Jackie said...

Absolutely brilliant Viv, and gorgeous too. I nearly tried using a drinks can once but cried off at the last minute. I will have to give it another troy :o)
Jackie xx

Anonymous said...

Fantastic and so beautiful! Best bit of upcycling I've ever seen!

Stamps and Paper said...

Stunning card Viv and love your metallic butterflies


Karin said...

Wow, fantastic card, I was always a little affraid to emboss a piece of a can, but what a result!! Great colours too!
Karin x

Wendy Fraser said...

So clever, love it xx

Darnell said...

I'm really speechless, Viv! When I compare the work you do on your brilliant creations to what I do, well, I feel like an imposter. What you make is ART! Well-deserved congratulations on the guest designer spot!!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

This is gorgeous, I've used a can but burned it to get colour. This is so clever and very beautiful, Love the whole card too.

Christine L said...

Wowww this is fab Viv.... love the coloured butterflies... but how on earth did you manage to punch through metal? I have enough problem using punches on card!! LOL!

Christine x

Beccy said...

And old can?!? My goodness, you're amazing Viv! I can't believe such beautiful butterflies were made using an old can. What a fabulous challenge, and boy did you do a great job meeting it.

Zippy said...

Wow! Stunning card! I would never have guessed the butterflies stared out as a can! Fab! xxx

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