Couture Creations Butterfly Hugs Card

This workshop will show how to create a coordinating card using 2 sheets of the `coconut` A4 card, Couture Creations embossing folder, some distress markers, a reinker, lace , ribbon& the Scotch removable tape.

The main feature is the Couture Creations butterfly hugs panel which has been coloured in using the Tim Holtz distress markers & then glossy accents highlights some of the sections.


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Heart Distress Card Workshop


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Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL

Couture Creations Butterfly Hugs Serenity Embossing Folder  : EFC0723150

Umount: Beaded Elements A5 Stamp Plate : UMBEADED

Tim Holtz Distress Markers : Fired Brick, Victorian Velvet & Spun Sugar

 Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSPEAWHGLU

 Creative Expressions Non Stick Craft Sheet  CRAFTSHEET

Cut `n` Dry Foam : FOAMCUT

 Tim Holtz Spun Sugar Distress Ink Pad : DPSPUN

Scotch Removeable Tape  : 3MTAPEMAG

Coconut White 220 gsm A4 Card Stock : 40980

Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

Black Archival Ink Pad : ARCHBLK

Cosmic Shimmer Pearl Glue – Berry Red : CSGBER

Fired Brick Distress Reinker : DIFIREDBRICK

2 Tone Ribbon ; 148-153


A5 Bauble Stamp Plate  for Best Wishes Stamp : UMCHRISBAUB

Tim Holtz Water Brush : WBF

Creative Expression White Embossing Folder Plate : CEEMBOSS


Step by Step Instructions

1  For this project start by selecting 2 sheets of the `Foundations A4 coconut card`, the Couture Creations butterfly hugs embossing folder and the beady elements stamp.


2 Start to build the sandwich to emboss the piece of card by placing the Grand Calibur base plate at the bottom, and then add the coconut card inside the embossing folder. Place the tan mat over the folder before completing the sandwich with the Creative Expressions white embossing plate.


Place the prepared sandwich of boards through the Grand Calibur to emboss the piece of card.


Once cut select the colour distress marker pens to suit the colour way for the project. Here fired brick, Victorian velvet, aged mahogany & spun sugar have been used.


Here the reverse of the Just rite stamp panel has been used as a colour palette as the white surface allows the correct colour to be seen. Alternatively use the craft mat & scribble on some of the ink using the brush end of the marker. Also add an initial of the ink so the colours are easily indentified.


Pick up some of the ink without having any water on the tip of the brush & add the ink into flat areas of the embossed heart.


When the ink is dry go back in a lay a line of the same ink around the edge of the curves to add a shadow effect. Work through the piece using the different colours making sure there are some very light areas too. Use the water in the pen to weaken the colour.


8 To define the heart use a fine line of the spun sugar ink from the water brush around the heart embossed outline. Take the spun sugar ink pad & add some ink to the cut`n`dry foam & swipe it over the embossed areas.


Alternatively as the spun sugar is a light ink swipe the ink pad directly over the piece. Idea is a good idea to have 2 ink pads of your favourite colours. One that is well used for a softer colour & then replace old pad with a new pad that is full of juicer ink for a true colour.


10 Select a large piece of the `coconut` card cut to the size of 8” x 7.5”. Add the removable tape in strips down the length of the card. Have the 8” width laying across the card. Leave ¾” width in between the tape but it is optional depending on the results required.


11  Take the beaded elements stamp & ink with the fired brick distress ink pad. Stamp at random over the card & overlapping the tape as it`s stamped. There will be some faded areas as distress ink is used but this adds to the effect of the backing paper so don`t worry.


12  Swipe the Victorian velvet distress ink pad over the card working the pad into the edges of the tape for a crisp line.


13  Peel away the removable tape to reveal the base layer of the backing paper.


14  Add one drop of the fired brick ink from the reinker bottle into a spritzer bottle filled with water.


15  Spritz the ink over the paper with short bursts of the spray. Here the nozzle is held down to make a drip effect so the ink appears with a bold splat effect.


16  Lay a piece of the lace onto the non stick craft mat & spritz the ink over the lace. Lift the lace up and move to a clean area to either dry the ink using a heat tool or to allow to dry naturally.


17  Attach a 2” x 8” panel of coconut card so that 1.5 inches is showing and the rest is taped behind the back of the card. Distress the edges of the card using the Victorian velvet ink pad.


18  Once the lace is dry add it to the bottom panel of the card using either dries clear Cosmic Shimmer glue or on a line of 3mm wonder tape. Mount the panel onto some black card.


19  Stamp the `Best Wishes` sentiment onto an off cut of card. Distress the edges and take the beaded elements stamp & press into the `Aged Mahogany` ink. Now press the stamp at random to create a border around the wording.


20  Mat the heart panel onto a piece of card that has been distress to tone in with the design & cut a black piece of card slightly larger than the panel.  Twist the black card when placing it onto the base card & add the butterfly panel using foam tape for dimension. Place some double sided tape on the back of the `wishes ‘area & add foam tape to the `best` area so that the sentiment lays nicely when off set on the card.


21  Add 3 descending pearl glue dots to the small areas of the black card. Repeat on the other 2 areas leaving the bottom right hand corner plain as the bow will be covering this area.


22 Apply glossy accents to certain areas of the inked sections on the heart. This will add depth and interest to the piece. Apply to dry. Add a reversible ribbon bow to finish the piece.


23 Add a stand to the reverse of the card using the workshop Sue Wilson has produced. Links can be found on the Creative Expressions workshop site under Sue`s Easel Stand


24  Here is a close up of the worked heart panel. Using the different Tim Holtz range means that different mediums can be used and the colour will all coordinate.  Happy Crafting.



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One Response to Couture Creations Butterfly Hugs Card

  1. Ita O'Byrne O'Keeffe says:

    WOW Suzanna a stunning card and as usual a fantastic step by step thank you for the inspiration and for all your hard work you put into every project

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