Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I created these chic cards for Operation Write Home while I was camping this past weekend at Black Lake in Upper Wisconsin. I was inspired by this little black and white butterfly that hung out with us the whole weekend in our campsite. I punched the butterflies with the Martha Stewart punch using the gorgeous DCWV La Creme 4.5" X6.5" paper stack. I glued down the centers with Glossy Accents and then realized that the card was BORING! as it had NO dimension. As our campsite friend fluttered around I decided to make the wings on my butterflies stand up...but how?
If I just pushed them up they would flatten back down in the mail. Not an option. I have seen others use glue dots that they crunch up into a ball to help hold the item in place but I have a few problems with that option: 1) the sticky is still exposed so everything sticks to it, as these cards will be sent overseas to the soldiers they could end up having sand , etc stuck to it before reaching their loved ones.
2) wadded up glue dots look like little bugger snots. Ewww. Enough said...
So, I had some brainstorming time and came up with a great idea! Since Enamel Accents hold their shape after they dry I can put a drop of that under each wing, let dry and it should hold the wing up. I only had to wait 2 days to give my experiment a try. Well, it worked!!! You can also use Dimensional Pearls or any other dimensional paint that you can dispense by the drop. I created a video tutorial showing you exactly how to do it. Enjoy!
The wonderful thing is you can barely see the dot so you get a professional looking
card or project with long lasting dimension!
I added a bit of bling to the centers of each butterfly for a little extra sparkle!
This is a great any occasion card.
I got lots of questions on how the heck I could work on projects in the car??? I work in my lap with the help of my Scrap N Easel. The magnets keep everything in place and keep stuff from sliding around when my hubby stops to fast or I set anything aside for a break. I also have pictured some of the other stuff that I used in making this card.
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