I wanted to try out the double Z fold card that Meena made, and she also gave us a really clear little tutorial on how to go about making it. Lynn had also made a super card which was also a weekly pick in the Playground.
Plus, I wanted to join in with Mrs A's current butterfly challenge - err, and I'd just received a set of two lovely new dies I wanted to play with. Three good reasons for making this card:
- SU's 'Crumb Cake' card stock (the closest I have that's 12" wide to Kraft card) for the card base and the narrow Z band - Meena has all the cutting and folding measurements on her tutorial
- patterned card from the Deco Time 'Cardboard patterns' pad (a gift from Jules, thank you again!) to cover all the card base and narrow band panels - the designs have encapsulated sparkle in them and are really lovely
- a snippet of green card from the snippets folder, die cut using the Winnie and Walter 'Friend' cutaway die, which was glued in place
- 'Crumb Cake' snippet, die cut using a Spellbinders Nestabilities die, glued to the card front
- that was topped with a flower, die cut using peach card and the flower die from the Concord & 9th 'Floral and Flutter' set - glued in place. The green centre of the flower is another dot, cut using the 'Friend' die
- the sentiment was stamped using the Inky Doodles 'In my Heart' stamp set for the frame and the words are from the Hero Arts 'Good Friends' sentiments set. I then trimmed round the frame and glued it in place
- that only left the butterflies to do, so I die cut one peach and one green butterfly using the butterfly die from the Concord and 9th 'Floral and Flutter' die set - having first covered the back of the snippets of card with Stick-It double sided adhesive
- used the outline of the green butterfly and the inserts from the peach butterfly and stuck those in place beside the sentiment panel
- that left me with one sticky backed peach outline butterfly so I cut a second one and layered the sticky one on top to give it more rigidity
- cut a half inch wide strip of clear acetate, rounded one end and using very narrow red line tape stuck the butterfly onto the strip
- then cut a one inch wide and five inches long strip of 'Crumb Cake' card and scored and folded either end one inch from the edge
- the most fiddly part of the card was sticking that strip in place, I used red line tape and crossed eyes!
- just had to then stick the acetate strip with the butterfly on the end in place, onto the strip of card I'd just added inside the Z fold of the card
It's important to make sure you stick the free flying butterfly so that the card will actually close - ask me how I know! Luckily I didn't wreck the card when I removed the acetate strip and angled it the other way :)
Another little tip, when you're sticking two identical layers together using sticky adhesive backing like I did with the peach free flying butterfly, is to just pull a little bit of the backing away at a time as you line the two layers up.
I really loved making this card - thanks again Meena for the inspiration! And also a big thank you to Bonnie, this is where I first saw the butterfly die being used and of course had to track it down in the UK!