Monday, July 26, 2010

Fantabulous Butterfly Gatefold

Hi all! This week at Fantabulous Cricut we were asked to make projects that were zoo/animal themed. At first I was deciding between a unicorn and dinosaur shaped card and how to make a "different" shaped card, then inspiration hit and I came up with this shaped butterfly gatefold card! Don't worry, I filmed my very first tutorial if you have any questions as to how I did it. ;) Lookie:

Tutorial: If I leave out a detail or you have a question please feel free to contact me. This is my first tutorial so please be a gentle with me. :)

First you will need to cut your pieces. I used two shadow cuts as my base layers for the card and then all of the regular cuts and layers. This butterfly was cut at 5.14 but could just as easily be cut at 5.25.

Next you will adhere a shadow and base cut together.

Then cut the two layers in half.

I freehand trimmed the inner part. If you look at the finished piece you will see that I trimmed the inner part quite a bit.

Score the second shadow piece approximately 1/2 inch in. I just lined up the cut to where the outer two scallops on the wings were going to be scored. I then folded the crease *backwards* so that my gatefold will open properly.

Adhere the two pieces together. Put glue only on the small part of the wings that are folded back.

Layer the body in the middle and trim the wings more if needed. Add the rest of the layers and decorate as desired. Easy peasy! :)

I hope I was clear in my instructions. I really enjoyed thinking outside of the box and am looking at cuts a little differently now. :)


Cartridge: Once Upon a Princess-Butterfly
Cardstock: Stampin' Up-Pretty in Pink, Green Galore, Gable Green, Whisper White
Pattern Paper: Unknown-purchased at J's by the single sheet.
Misc: Stickles-Stardust, Judikins Diamond Glaze, flower stamen? from Hobby Lobby, Scrappy Glue

Have a great day!



flowerdisco said...

beautiful. love how it opens :)

Rhonda Emery said...

love your butterfly card and thanks for sharing instructions.

Tara said...

Excellent tutorial. I'm glad you listed your "ingredients" because I immediately loved the shiny green paper, then I realized that must be where you used the Stickles. It looks awesome!

Vanessa said...

I love this card, especially the pearls. They were a surprise!

Michelle said...

very cute job, love the way it folds out! and the antenas are perfect !!!!

SpantastiKreations said...

What a great tutorial. When I initially seen this card I almost didn't even bother looking at it any further because I assumed you used a Gypsy (which I don't have). Your directions were great. Now my wheels are turning. This opens up a whole new chapter for me. TFS!


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