Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Butterfly Birthday Card

This card has been sitting on my desk in pieces for a few weeks and I finally finished it yesterday. What took me so long? The sewing! Yes, I know, there is barely any stitching on the card at all. And once I began it did just take a few minutes. But I had never used my sewing machine before, you see. This was its inaugural project! For me at least. The sewing machine used to belong to my great grandmother and my sister and I inherited it from her. It has been a while since I had used any sewing machine at all, so it took me a while to read through the manual (with lovely 1950's illustrations!) and get it set up.

Not only had I never used this machine, but I had also never sewn on my cards before. There are so many other card makers I admire that have been doing this for years, so it is nothing new, but I am happy to finally be able to do this myself as I think it adds so much to a card. I love the texture and home made feel it adds. I'm sure you'll be seeing more of this! *wink*

So have you spotted the stitches yet? I ran a line down each of the butterflies to anchor them to the card, instead of using adhesive. Attaching them this way added some fun interest and allowed me to fluff their wings out from the card a bit.

Also, do you notice the "Happy Birthday" background behind the butterflies? I did that by stamping the one sentiment over and over again with Versa Mark ink, lining it up with my stamp-a-ma-jig.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Warmest Regards, Happy Everything
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Print Pack dp
Ink: Basic Black, Versa mark

Tools: 3-in-1 Classic Butterfly punch, Classic Butterfly punch (both by Martha Stewart), Scallop Edge punch (SU!), stamp-a-ma-jig, sewing machine


Liz said...

Gee, when you said you were doing some sewing, I thought you were using fabric. Guess I thought wrong! This is a lovely card. The butterflies are so perky, especially on this wet, gray Seattle day.

Unknown said...

The card turned out soooo beautifully. It is the best birthday card I have ever received. It is now on display in my apartment. :) I'm happy to get to learn how you made it - it makes receiving the card even more special.