Monday, April 13, 2015

Put a butterfly on it - Guest Designer Leslie Bass

Before I discovered paper arts, I was a decorative painter. Whenever there was a slip of the brush, we used to say.... Put a flower on it! A flower could cover any little blip or mistake. Now that I am into paper and ink, if there is a slip of the ink during stamping, I say..... Put a butterfly on it! 

Anyway, for my second project for the Rubber Café Kit of the Month, butterflies were the furthest thing from my first.

I was looking at the lovely embossing folder in this months kit (an item you can never have too many of - IMHO) and it has so many possibilities from feminine to steam punk. The design goes perfectly with the dress form from the add on stamp set for the month. I noticed that the dress forms in the embossing folder have a wire look frame to them, and I thought that my trusty birdcage die added to the stamp would give me the same look!  What do you think?

The Vintage Findings stamp set that comes with the kit has a saying that I am particularly fond of. "Leave a little sparkle wherever you go."  I wouldn't say I am a particularly girly-girl - but I do like pretty things and glitter is definitely one of my go-to card making items. I don't think I have ever made a Christmas card that didn't have glitter on it! HA! For this tag I thought I would use the saying, and make a white-on-white background with a pop of bling to match the saying.

Here's what I did:
Tag 1: White cardstock (in kit) - cut a rectangle 3.5 by 5.5 inches. This size fits perfectly in the embossing folder. Emboss the white cardstock. Distress the edges of the white tag with your scissors and set aside.

Tag 2: Teal cardstock (in kit) - cut a 6 x 3.75 rectangle.  Die cut the bottom edge with a lace cut. You could also use decorative scissors here - we just want to add interest. Cut a small 3.75 x 2 strip of the teal/white patterned paper from the Jack and Jill paper pad in the kit and use the same decorative edge to match the solid teal piece.

Line up the white and teal rectangles and cut the corners the same to create your "TAG" look. Punch a hole in the top center through both pieces. To embellish the hole, I cut and punched one of the lace doilies from the light teal doily paper in the Jack and Jill paper pad. It was about 1" and it fit over the hole perfectly.

Now for the bling!
Dress form: Stamp the dress form with Versamark ink on a yellow patterned paper from the 6x6 paper pad in the kit. Using gold embossing powder, heat emboss the dress form. Now fussy cut the dress form out. Cut a birdcage die to fit over the dress form. Cover in Versamark ink and then heat emboss with gold embossing powder.

Saying: Stamp the 'Leave a little sparkle...' saying on white cardstock with Versamark ink and heat emboss with gold embossing powder. Cut or tear out the saying and distress.

Other white items: Memory box flowers cut from white cardstock.
White lace flower included in the kit.

To assemble:
  • Glue the teal and white patterned paper to the back of the solid teal piece so that a small border shows at the bottom of the tag.
  • Glue the white embossed tag to the front of the teal tag. (yes.... I did glue it on crooked, cause that's the way I roll. I am child of the 80's - remember the Suzanne Vega song - Left of Center? that's me. - feel free to glue it perfectly in the center if that is your style).
  • Glue the fussy cut embossed dress form on to the white tag.
  • Roll the birdcage to give it a little concave shape to it before gluing down. I glued at the top waist area and the left side.
  • Add the white flower die cut, the white lace flower from the kit and the embossed saying to the left side of the tag.
  • Glue the 1" circle embellishment to the tag hole and add the hot pink ribbon from the kit!
TADA!  Your finished........ Oh wait.  It needs something else!


Die cut or punch one small lacy butterfly in white and 9 tiny butterflies in red and teal papers from the kit. Glue the lacy butterfly in the top left of the design and glue your tiny butterflies all over the birdcage dress form.
NOW it is finished!

 To be truthful, I just like butterflies. They are happy and uplifting. I have quite a few butterfly dies and stamps in many shapes and sizes. Even one of my Pinterest boards is devoted to only butterfly cards.

Leslie Bass

Stamps: The Rubber Café - Creative Cafe'- kit of the month -Good Times to Follow with add on stamp set, Those Were Good Times
Paper: The Rubber Cafe'- Creative Cafe'- kit of the month ; Echo Park's Jack and Jill 6x6 pad
Inks: The Rubber Cafe' - Versamark,  gold embossing powder
Adhesives: The Rubber Café- Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments: Ribbon; white lace flower from the kit
Tools: Poppystamps - birdcage die, Memory box - floral die, butterflies

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