Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Finishing the 3-D Silver Butterflies Card

Having completed the front of the card, I have now made a card insert and a box for it.

First of all, I wanted to finish the complete-cut butterfly svg with a mat layer, and here it is, cut in some fairly heavy silver-grey card with a bit of sparkle to it. This card is quite dense, so I used Sheba’s 60+ degree blade, designed for thick, heavy or dense card, and it cut really well after numerous tests – it was the first time I had used this blade which looks absolutely lethal, and I didn’t want to cut a hole in Sheba’s mat! All was well, though, and it cut fine.

This is the card insert I have made.

It is printed on vellum. The image was a free download from the Internet, originally in a very garish yellow colour. I desaturated it, and then replaced the colour with blue, and reduced the opacity, in Serif PhotoPlus. The sentiment is text on a path. The card insert is stuck down onto the left hand side of the card, up against the fold, using a narrow strip of double-sided tape. On the bottom right, you can see a butterfly cut in silver mirror card, stuck down onto the card itself, so that it just shows through the vellum.

Having finished the inside of the card, I moved on to the box. I made this from the same card that the mat layer of the butterfly was made from, and I covered the lid with a printout of another free digital image downloaded from the Internet. I didn’t alter this in any way apart from adjusting it to fit the proportions of my box.

Lifting the lid, the inner wrapper is revealed.

This is a single sheet that I had left of some printed vellum someone gave me ages ago – I really didn’t think I would ever use it, and then I suddenly thought it would do for this project! It is stuck down into the bottom of the box with some double-sided tape, and the two sides fold over the card. The butterfly on its mat is used as a closure. On one side it is stuck down firmly with extra-sticky double-sided tape, and on the other side is a glue dot which is enough to keep the wrapper closed, and can be pulled open by lifting the side of the butterfly.

Here is the box with the lid removed. I really love this vellum and wish I had some more!

Opening up the inner wrapper, the card is revealed.

Finally, here is the box, standing up, showing the 3-D silver butterflies card inside. I wanted to create an adequate presentation for a special card.

I am seeing my sister tomorrow and am going to give it to her then, although her birthday is not until the beginning of March. This is a combined card/present as a lot of work has gone into it!!


  1. OMGOLLY!! I am in love with this project. The 3-D effect really showed in the last two photos. What a lovely gift for your sister. I am sure she will be as stunned as I was when I saw the completed project. Have a great WOYWW from #9 this week!

  2. I love the whole idea...very pretty:)

    Mary Ann #23

  3. That box and card a just amazing. She's going to love it!

    Happy Woyww,

    Sandy #26

  4. This is so very beautiful! I am sure your sister will love it!

  5. Oh wow - this is beautiful!! thanks for showing all the different layers. Love the vellum! I'm sure your sister will love it.

    Happy WOYWW

  6. Very beautiful artworks! So gentle butterflyes! I Like it!
    Thank you for share your wonderful works!

    Happy WOYWW!

    Olga #32

  7. There is so much work in this and it shows. This card is stunning.! What a wonderful job you did.
    Your sister is going to love it.

  8. This is beautiful and who lady can resit butterflies.
    well done hun on the whole project

  9. What would we do with our Wednesdays if it was not for the wonder of WOYWW? It's always fascinating to peek through the window into your creative arena so thank you. I Hope you have a good week. Fabulous card and presentation box. Sorry too I haven't sent any links, but to be honest I don't do anything very special with the faces, usually just gold them etc.
    Neil (#47 ish)

  10. WOW!! What a fantastic card and box, amazing detail, Fabulous, Have a great week, Hugs May x x x x

  11. Lovely card and your attention to detail with the gift box is amazing.

    Ann B
    I have blog candy if you are interested

  12. loved the visit to your blog have a great week

  13. Yes, I think it's very "adequate." That's funny - it's totally stunning! Your sister has to love it, and appreciate all the time that went into it!

  14. I have to say that is one of the most beautiful handmade cards I have ever seen - but I do adore anything butterfly. Kind wishes to you.

  15. wow, that is superb presentation! You went beyond the norm for this and it is stunning!! I joined your blog btw, looking forward to seeing more of your work! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

  16. Ohhhhh, what a beautiful butterfly set. A beautiful gift presentation. I love how delicate the butterflies inside the box are. Very pretty, you should be very proud!

  17. HYour card and box are beautiful.

  18. beautiful card/box. Love the butterflies. I am a bit late getting around this week but I forgot to post on Wednesday and have been busy all week. Just wanted to make the rounds and remind everyone my blog candy closes on Tuesday night of next week and I will announce winners on Wednesday. Drop by become a follower and leave a comment for a chance to win. Vickie #173


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