If you ever have an idle moment and have never tried this.. you should give this a shot lol. This will keep you out of mischief….and so will reading this epic length War ‘N’ Peace blog post haha.
7 layers for the frame, tag on another one if you include the fancy corner.. 2 layers for the butterfly and another 6 layers for the bouquet…. THAT’S A LOTTA LAYERS lol.
But when it really comes down to it.. the worst part is getting everything on straight, oh and deciding which flowers come to the front and need the most layers lol. I have to say of all the 3D projects I have done, this image was probably the easier when it came to figuring out how to cut the layers.
7 Print and cut sheets on my Cricut later… and I have the start of my card. I colored one completely, I like to do that as a reference when I come to build the actual project… plus it gives me a colored piece to use on another project later ..score!
So I colored one… then started working out my layers while the Cricut was cutting two silhouettes out for sandwiching between the bottom two layers. Normally I pop my 3D projects with Darice adhesive foam sheet, but I wanted this one to be a bit more subtle…so I sandwiched a few black sheets in for a little additional depth. The final layer of a single flower is missing off this photo.. DOH
Once I had all my Cricut cuts done, I started to hand cut away the pieces I didn’t need on each layer. When I am doing a one off project, I just fussy cut by hand after cutting the main image. If I am doing multiples I make cut files for my Cricut. So I fussy cut my top 5 layers and then started to color each layer, starting with the top. when I use Darice foam I tend to to color around the edges of the layer below a bit so it won’t show when assembled..but with subtle layers like these I just ink up the white edges with a marker.
Once I had it all trimmed up and colored.. next came the hard part… what to mount it on. Now I like to take a photo, or scan and import it into my graphics program at this point..for several reasons. A: I like to be able to grab a cuppa and sit back and just look at it and see where I missed blending, coloring etc… for some reason I have a more critical eye when viewing it that way. B: I like to play around with layout ideas and rather than waste time cutting and trying ideas and potentially wasting a lot of card… the girls on the message board will tell you.. me and pattern paper .. not a good mix lol. I envy you ladies who can pick and mix and match patterns and colors with ease. I am not sure if it’s my limited choice of papers, or just that it’s not ever been my taste..but good lord it’s like pulling teeth lol.
I started off simply by putting my original coloring on a white piece of card and the 3D layers on a black piece… but liked them both for different reasons.. so that was no help lol. So my next move was layers and frames/borders. I just kept tweaking and adding borders to my image in a graphics program till I started to get a look I liked.
This was my digital rendering
Once I had a basic idea of how I wanted the frame to look…. that is when I grabbed my cutter and some black and white card and started cutting all those layers. When I got them all cut, I took a sheet of 11×17 white card and scored it to make my card base and started layering on the cuts to build the frame (unglued at this stage). Then it happened…. for some reason it just felt flat, so there I was digging around in my paper cabinet looking for my Black and white collection. Funnily enough the polka dot paper is the first one I tried … 4 patterns later.. yup I was back to Polka Dots lol. It just seems classy to me, I did a curtain fold card last year in the polka dots and it looked great… so dots it was!
I attached that to the card base with a half inch overlap at the top, which gives a nice neat look to the top and back of the card. and then came that time … yes THAT time… the one where I always end up gluing all my frames down skewy. I blame it on my computer glasses, they aren’t designed for crafting haha. Just as well for the most part I like to have my frames tilted on projects lol. But for this one I needed straight and centered and all that fun stuff…. It’s not perfect, but I think it came out pretty good. I used my paper cutter to help keep me aligned…yay for paper cutters!!
Ok so all the base layers were on, the flowers layers were all cut, colored and assembled… so on they went. I had an idea to add the butterfly, but wanted to do a ghost layer. So I actually cut two at once so that the black layer wouldn’t cut all the way through, it is more like a solid embossed layer. Sometimes if I want to be funky, I do this double layer cut so the cutouts from one meld into other layer for a two tone embossed look… it’s kinda cool. Unpredictable at times so a touch of glue is necessary haha… but still looks cool and worth the extra effort. I’ll maybe show that another time if anyone is interested.
So there was my butterfly…but where to pop it…. top right or bottom left???? I couldn’t decide so asked hubby…. his response… and I had to laugh. “Top right, I always see Butterflies at the top of flowers… not at the bottom” He is such a practical wee soul at times, no artistic license or sense from that direction lol. So on it went..where butterflies apparently should be lol.
I didn’t have a particular recipient or occasion in mind, so I am leaving that blank for now… hence the big space on the left.
So I thought I was done..YAY me. But the more I looked at it as I took the photos for this post… I couldn’t help but feel something was missing, it just didn’t seem quite balanced.
Enter Sammy and her fabulous Corner dies to the rescue. I just happened to have that one single corner cut in my cuts organizer… BINGO… now I am done!
Hope you like it 🙂
Base card: Neenah 11×17 110lb Index card
Polka Dot Paper: Recollections Black & White Paper pad
Black and white frame layers: Recollections 65lb solid color packs
Fancy Corner: My Little Paper World Corner Die – 8 die set (Group buy for US option available)
Image: COUNTRYSIDE BOUQUET DIGITAL STAMP SET by Power Poppy
Butterfly: Gina Marie Designs Butterfly & Beautiful Die set
Colored with: Chameleon Pens
Glue: Tombow Aqua & Zig Photo Tape
Cutting tools: Cricut Explore, Sizzix Big Shot ….and scissors
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