Friday 11 January 2013

The Wings of the Butterfly

Hi Bloggers.

This is a demo in one of the shows today - I'm on C&C at 1pm and 6pm. I really like how the background has turned out on this one. It was my first attempt at using the Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in a slightly different way. I've found a better way to do that now - I'll share that info with you.

So, the background - I randomly stamped the butterfly stamp from the Creative Expressions Butterfly Kiss Stamp Set using Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. Now here's the bit with the Pearlescent PVA (I've used Cosmic Pearl)  - you need to swap the top of the PVA for a Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue Top - the long nozzle one. I suggest you clean any dries clear glue from the nozzle. Then zig zag a line of PVA across the card diagonally and then rotate the card and zig zag again. I put it aside to dry overnight. Word of warning - if you don't swap the nozzle you'll probably squeeze too hard to get a good flow and the top will fly off leaving glue everywhere (done that!) or you'll find it hard to get a good even flow (done that too!).

Once dry, I ran the background through the Grand Calibur with the Couture Creations Alora Embossing Folder - I used the deboss side. I ran it through a second time to extend the pattern. Some of the PVA flattenened and some didin't - it seemed to depend on the thickness. I inked all around the edges with Chipped Sapphire using Cut n Dry Foam.

I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Steel Blue Aurora Embossing Powder from the Metallics and Darks Set. I cut it out using the Spellbinders Fancy Postage Edge Die Set and inked through the die with Chipped Sapphire.

I cut the largest of the Fancy Postage Edge dies out of Cobalt Card. At the emboss stage I added the Alora Embossing Folder. I threaded some Blue White American Seam Binding through the holes in the die cut.

I stamped the larger butterfly from the Creative Expressions Natures Wonders Stamp Set twice using Perfect Medium and embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Steel Blue Aurora Embossing Powder. I cut them out with scissors and then coloured them with Chipped Sapphire using Cut n Dry Foam (being careful around the antenae).

I wrapped some White Sheer Wrinkled Edge Ribbon and some White Crochet Ribbon around the background. I tied a bow with the Crochet Ribbon and added a Large Dazzler to the centre of it.

I assembled the card as shown adding some dots of Cosmic Shimmer Pearlescent PVA in White around the edges.

Hope you can join me today. Please email in to the studio if you have time.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Love the card and I am definitely going to try this technique. I am so looking forward to your shows.

  2. Hi Julia, a very lovely card and the sentiment is beautiful. Good luck with the shows, will try watch live, but recording just in case. Bx

  3. Morning Julia, Wow, this is stunning, I love the colours and the background is 'something else' it is stunning, and the butterflies are gorgeous. Truly stunning.
    I will be watching and recording your shows today, can't wait.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  4. Stunning card Julia.
    Recording your shows today as I cannot watch them live. I like to keep them anyway, and watch them more than once.

  5. Hi Julia,
    Lovely card, great background, will have to try your idea, lovely sentiment. Hope you are feeling better today for your shows, have fun.

  6. Hi Julia, first time blogging, this card is lovely, the background is subtle and the 2 butterflies are a perfect addition. Hope your shows go well , looking forward to watching . Lol Lynne M


  7. Hi Julia,

    This card is beautiful. A work of art. Love the colour.

    Looking forward to the show. X

  8. Hi Julia. Love the addition of the butterflies. The postage stamp die is lovely and on my list of "must haves" which grows every day.

    Sadly I'm going to miss the show at lunchtime but will be tuning in this evening.

    Do hope you've found your voice.

    Val in Spain xxx

  9. Hi Julia
    This card is so beautiful love the butterflies makes me think of summer! Hope all goes well today and you are feeling a little better, hope to watch but the programmes are set to record not leaving it to chance.

  10. Morning Julia, wow what a beautiful card i love it I will be having ago at this technique. Ive already set to record both your shows. We are getting spoilt this week as we had spellbinders on sunday you today and then spellbinders tomorrow. Any way have a great time today with your shows today. Take care

    Debs Artliff

  11. Really lovely card Julia. When my Cosmic Shimmer glue is empty I will have to give that technique a try, sounds very effective. Am recording the show to watch when I can and looking forward to seeing what you are up to this time. Hope the cough is better

  12. Morning Julia,
    A lovely card today love the background and the chosen colours, beautiful butterfly too.
    Hope your cough is a bit better, and your shows go okay.

  13. Lovely card Julia, looking forward to your shows today xx hazel

  14. Morning Julia, lovely card and colours again. good luck for the shows don't know if i will get to see the 1pm but will be sat down ready for the 6pm. Emma

  15. Morning Julia lovely card I am loving your backgrounds thanks for sharing, will be watching shows from my feeling under the weather sofa, they will cheer me up!

  16. Like the card design, Julia, but still not sure why you used the pearlescent stuff on the background, probably because I can't see it.

    I'll watch your shows, and it might make more sense then.

  17. Hello Julia love this card I will be watching at 1pm thank you Tracy w xx

  18. Hello Julia, A pretty card, love the background, will be giving the texhnique a try, the butterflies are gorgeous. Will be watching the shows, enjoy and hope you are feeling better.
    Take care.
    Hugs June xxx

  19. great card Julia,love your backgrounds .Laura O

  20. Julia
    You have created magic. Love this technique.

  21. Hi Julia,
    Wow what a fantastic card - a lot of wirk has gone into it. Will be trying the glue technique - glad you rehersed it so that all the kinks have been ironed out.
    Really like this card would be very proud to have on my mantle.
    Amanda x

  22. Beautiful card Julia and great shows today...great demos and cards, Sam's stamps are always fab..and they were a lot of fun! Carole Z X

  23. Love the card Julia the show today was great the demos were fantastic,god love you with the cold,and the higlight of the program was you telling Martin to shut up ,good for you

  24. Hi julia this is another lovely card and the background is great as usual.just watching your first show and have to say well done you for telling Martyn to shut up it was very funny!! Love lesley xx

  25. Hi Julia,
    I love your card. The cosmic shimmer pearl on the background is a great idea for something different and I would love to give it a try. I had to work today and I set your shows to record but my recordings failed! I am so disappointed. I hope they went well for you.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    Joan B.

  26. hello Julia love the card and the demo's from today's shows. Especially loved you telling Martyn to shut up, great!!! Also watched show with Haley and really funny. Hope you are soon well, I started on Boxing Day and only just feeling aa lot better
    Carol E

  27. Well done for getting through today with your sore throat. Really enjoyed the shows - thought Hayley was going to start laying eggs at one point! Glad you had some fun along with all your hard work. X


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