Thursday, July 22, 2010

Butterfly Clear Card

I made use of some supplies I've had in my stash that hardly ever see the light of day when I had this card in mind.

I don't usually make these type of cards too often because clear plastic tends to be very finicky to work with and you have to make sure you use the right kind of ink if you plan to stamp on it. Also, it helps a great deal if you're in a fairly good mood when you decide to make a clear card!

I started by scoring a piece of clear plastic with my Scor-Pal a few times and folding it on the crease.  Then, I stamped the butterfly background using StazOn Ink in Blush Pink.  It's important to keep in mind that the surface of the plastic is slick, so you need to make sure you lift the stamp straight up.  Otherwise, you will smear the image and you won't be very happy about it!

I used a glue pad to stamp the larger butterfly image for the centerpiece and sprinkled Bronze Splendor glitter over the whole butterfly.  Oh so sparkly! I then stamped the "Hello" in New Leaf ink and matted it with pink shimmer cardstock. I also used some foam dots to pop the image up from the card front.

When working with a clear card, any kind of adhesive you use will show up on the back side.  I used a second piece of pink shimmer cardstock the same size as the mat and adhered it directly behind the card front on the inside.  For the inside card base, I used a larger piece of lime green shimmer cardstock to frame the front image when the card is closed.  I used a smaller piece of Poison Ivory shimmer cardstock for room to write a note inside.

Lastly, I tied brown hemp twine around the front of the card a few times to finish off the card.  I love how this card turned out!  I'll have to make more of these cards since it didn't frustrate me too much!

Photo courtesy of Wanda G.

This pretty Marigold card made by my crafty sistah Wanda inspired me to use my square scalloped die from Stampin' Up.  I love the yellow ink on the marigold and the black gingham cardstock she used on the card.  And that sheer yellow cheery is that?! Check out Wanda's blog for more details on this card and to see her other wonderful creations!

My other inspiration also stems from one of the pretty flower cards I made in Julie Ebersole's class during A-Muse-A-Palooza at the Paper Garden in Sacramento.  I love the huge Marigold outline stamped with white StazOn ink on the clear plastic.  It adds so much interest to the whole card!  It almost looks like etched glass!  It's hard to tell but the orange-reddish solid Marigold has glitter in the center.  It's so sparkly in person!

I hope you enjoyed my creation and seeing the other two cards that inspired my Butterfly card!

Thanks for stopping in!
Stamps: Flutterby FlockFlutterbyHello FL (A Muse)

Accessories: Bronze Splendor glitter (Taylored Expressions), The Essential Glue Pad (Tsukineko), Essentials by Ellen Crystal Clear Plastic (Ellen Hutson), Fashion Cord Natural Polished Dark Thin Hemp (Cousin Corp. of America) from Wal-Mart


  1. Ooooh! I haven't tried it yet with the flutterbies! This looks waaay cool, Miss Tina!!! :) *must try*

  2. Love working on clear! It is fun and you made it look sooo delightful!

  3. very nice--i love clear cards!!



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