Saturday, 10 June 2017

Floating Butterflies...

Happy Saturday,

Todays card is made using a waste piece form making a card earlier in the week.  The pice had three butterflies cut from it and I thought it was  same to waste it.

I embossed the piece with an old spellbinders brick pattern embossing folder and shaded it with spun sugar distress ink.

I backed this with velum and added fragments of gilding flakes behind this to add some shine behind the butterflies ( more evident in real life than the pictures)  I then added in 3 butterflies ( cut with the random dovecraft die I bought on Ebay) into the apertures with 3mm white stick on pearls for the body.

I added the flower that I had made up ready in my bit box ( spellbinders Carnation I think) along with a few 'tails' of satin ribbon.

To finish the card I shaded through a scrap of card cut with the butterfly die with spun sugar distress ink and added this, with a folded corner, to the front of a card blank.

A little mixed media (ish) for me but I do like the way its turned out!



  1. Hi John.
    Thank you a beautiful card.
    Take care and have fun Kitty.

  2. Hi John
    I absolutely love this card. Brilliant inspiration. X

  3. Morning John, really like this card.
    Nancyd xx

  4. Hi John
    LOVED the way your card turned out,it's beautiful.

  5. Hello John, this card is stunning, love the idea of the gilding flakes behind the apertures. Very pretty colour combo. Have a great day all. Bx

  6. Beautiful card John
    Marion S x

  7. Love this card John very pretty colours going to Bolton craft fair today hope your there John thank you
    Love June horrocks xxxxxx

  8. Morning John, This card is fabulous, quite 'shabby chic' and 'vintage', I love it !!
    I'm going to Bolton Craft Show today, I'm hoping you are still there !!
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  9. Well it's been a few weeks since I posted a comment but I have been taking a look at all the inspiration you've posted John and I have to say it's all been fabulous.
    We had a great but very tiring holiday, covering over 3 thousand miles and seven countries and leading a group of classic cars too. I had two days, filled with five appointments, to sort out the washing and ironing and repack for my OH and son to go on their boys trip away. Looking forward to the next week on my own!

    Great to be back and lovely to see all the new dies you're using. Have a great day.
    D xx

  10. Hi John
    A fabulous card. The shading on the embossed brick background looks great.
    B xx

  11. Morning John, another gorgeous card today, I love seeing all your samples as you know because they are so inspiring and the good thing is that as they are on your blog I can go back time and time again for reference.

    Hope things are going well for you, Hochanda is not the same without you xxx

    Stay safe, healthy and happy, hugs, June Smith xxx

  12. What a pretty effect. That's a really nice embossing folder.

  13. Have you got into mind reading now John. Lol I just received the Marianne Design brick embossing folder and die set yesterday so this is perfect inspiration for me. Oh yes its a beautiful card too, nearly forgot that bit.

    Lots of hugs Helen xxx

  14. Morning John a fabulous card love that E.Folder.

  15. Great card John. Love the butterflies.
    Love Valxxx

  16. It is gorgeous John, hope you are enjoying Bolton. xxxx

  17. A beautiful card, John. Looking forward to the workshop tomorrow.

    Anne (Northampton)

  18. Hi John, what a beautiful card, it just glows as if the sun is shining on it ( if that makes sense), miss you on TV. Love Rosemarie X

  19. Hi John
    Very beautiful card , love your waste creations i just wish mine were as good.
    Elaine H X

  20. A beautiful card John. Love from Jackie xx

  21. Morning John, super card, who doesn't love butterflies, the flower is gorgeous.
    Thank you for sharing xx
    Jess xx

  22. Wow, I love this card, especially love your embossing folder, it's so different from the usual brick ones. Also like the colours the peach and blue are always a great combination.

  23. Eh up John
    I'm not a rolled corner kinda gal but a very pretty card and no felt, yay lol!
    Enjoy your day at Samuel Taylor's.

  24. Morning John,
    Lovely card.

  25. Morning John, not a great fan of the grunge look but have to admit that I do like this, and a great way to use up the waste card.

  26. Hi John

    ooooh, love this card, the colour is stunning

    June x

  27. Hi John,
    Beautiful card, love the delicate butterflies and the soft colours.
    Thanks for sharing,

  28. So so pretty and just love how you've inset the butterflies You're the king of using waste

  29. Good morning John
    Oh more butterflies definately a winner I do so love them! Love this card it has such a warm rich look to it, your flower is gorgeous with its satin tails.
    Have a super day.
    Margaret xxx

  30. Hello John,
    I really like today's card! It's different but in a really nice way! I love your use of vellum and I think I have that flower Die! It's awful how little we use some Dies . Hope you enjoyed Bolton! As others have said - you are really missed on Hochanda as you pack so many tips and techniques into each show!
    Take care travelling about in all this rain!
    Love Myra x

  31. good morning john xx stunning card as ever, i really like the flower, it reminds me of a rosette its gorgeous, have a fab time at bolton, lots of love and huggs to you xx

  32. Hello John,
    Gorgeous, pretty card today. Love the different textures and the use of paper, card, vellum is striking. Hope to see you back on our screens soon.
    love Maureen xx

  33. Hi John
    Love this card.
    Heather R Oxfordshire

  34. Hello John
    Beautiful card and I just love the soft, delicate colours you have used!
    Lesley S

  35. I like your mixed media card design today. I'm a real fan of butterflies.

  36. Hi John
    A great mixed media card today. I missed yesterday's card as I was in hospital all day and was to groggy when I came home at 9.30. But loved the card. I've already bought 2 Dies that you've showcased this week.

  37. Good afternoon John, another super card, love it.
    Sounds like you had a great day yesterday. I am quiet envious of all those lucky ladies seeing you at work.
    Hope you have had a good day today.
    Hugs, Patricia x

  38. Beautiful card John. Love butterflies. Hope you are having a good weekend. Beautiful day here after all the thunder and rain. Take care.xx

  39. Hi John,
    your card is excellent and a wonderful design.
    Love the floating butterflies and that flower is gorgeous.
    Beautiful colour choice also.
    You are so clever using the waste to make such a gorgeous card.
    Lots of crafty regards. Jenny L.

  40. Hi John Lovely butterflies and flower I also love the colours

  41. John what can i say other than stunning, beautiful
    and i totally love this card.
    I do love the colour too.

  42. Hi John this is a stunning card it is just so beautiful. Have great weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  43. Hi John. Lovely card. Good to use waste from previous die cutting. x

  44. Hi John. Great card today. Love the colour choices and also the flower.