Hi crafty friends!
I am so happy to be back to share with you another 3 card designs for this month’s Cherry Box. You may be thinking, cards?! This box is definitely geared toward making a beautifully designed album (since it includes an actual album!). But I wanted to show how you can use this beautiful paper, stamp set & embellishments provided and make some cards as well! I did steer more toward romance, with Valentine’s Day coming up.
This Cherry Box includes a lovely album & album inserts along with washi tape & Curators Essentials Elements all from 49 & market. Also included is a 6x6 paper pad of pastel colors (perfect for the inside base of a card!) and a beautiful butterfly stamp set from Bo Bunny along with an Amy Tangerine rotary stamp, and some sequins from Sizzix. We also receive a mini paper collection from Remnants which includes 4 double-sided papers & 2 sheets of laser cuts. Laser cuts are paper designs you can pop out and glue on to add texture & embellishments where needed.
When I saw this Cherry Box, the first thing that stood out to me was the adorable butterfly stamps as well as the rotary stamp! I knew I’d be using those on the base of my cards. I decided to try something new and make a trifold card. This is still the standard A2 size I normally make (5.5 inches by 4.25 inches), the front just has a different fold on it to make the “open door” effect as I like to call it. First, start out with the Standard A2 size, but instead of making a crease directly in the middle, you will make a crease 1/3 of the way through the beginning & the end. You will make your first crease at 2 1/8 inches and the second crease/score at 6 1/3 inches.
You will have a card that folds in towards the middle. I chose this piece of paper because once folded, I felt it looked sort of like a ribbon. I then decided to use the giant butterfly stamp to make a sort of closure for the front of the card. I felt with this beautiful antique type of paper using gold embossing powder would make the butterfly pop. I used the paper from the 6x6 paper pack to stamp the butterfly onto. I then fussy cut the butterfly out once embossed!
I decided to use the washi tape on the edges of the front of the card to create a cleaner look.
I then put the cherry tape on the back of the left side of the butterfly only, so it will cover both sides of the folds but not seal completely, so you can still open the card.
I made more gold embossed butterflies on the front of the card (the mini ones) and I used the long butterfly stamp to gold emboss the inside of the right side of the card since it fit perfectly!
Once the butterflies were all completed, I decided to add some embellishments to the front. I used the stamp of the laser cut sheet. I also used one of the words that came on the bottom strip of one of the sheets of paper! I used all these words on each of my cards, they work perfectly!
I decided to put the “beautiful” on top of the butterfly with cherry foam adhesive. The front turned out so nice! For the inside, I used more of the laser cut pieces, specifically the flower and leaf stems and the word “memories” on the left side. I then put the word “captured” on the right side with the gold vertical butterfly stamp. I made it so these words would add up to read “beautiful memories captured”.
To go along with this theme, I decided to cut a piece for the inside of the card to write on, but also cut a little half circle out of the top so I could create a pocket! I’ve been really into pockets lately, and I see them a lot on scrapbook layouts and thought why not for a card? This way, the inside acts as a pocket you can add a personal photo but can still also write sentiments on it (like you would a traditional card). In order to do this, you put the Cherry tape on the left and right sides and the bottom of the piece, just not the top. I took one of the mini envelope pieces from the 49 & Market curator essentials and used the rotary stamp to randomly stamp all over the envelope with cute little sentiments.
I also sprayed a laser-cut flower and butterfly with some gold mica spray. I then put the flower onto the mini envelope so it could be included with a picture of choice. I then put the cute butterfly on the back of the card.
I love the way this card turned out and how unique it is. I hope this inspires you to try a different type of card fold! The next card I decided to make is another shaker card – I know I’ve done this before but once I saw the grid from the laser cut sheet, I knew I had to use it with some Cherry acetate and the gold Sizzix sequins. I also wanted to use the butterflies and stems from the laser-cut sheet as well to decorate the border of the shaker card.
I chose the square that would work best with the size of the grid. I cut the Cherry Acetate sheet a couple of square sizes bigger. I decided to use the beautiful purple/pink rose paper as the frame base.
I put the black grid on the outside of the frame, so it adds some dimension & texture. From there I added more stems and the butterflies I picked out! Along with the word I cut out “Smile”. I added foam adhesive onto the butterflies and “smile” to add some lift.
I then trimmed the leaves so they would fit on the card. Once I was done with the front design, I put the cherry tape on the back of the card so I could put the acetate sheet on to create the front of the shaker card.
I put the Cherry foam adhesive strips on the base of the front of the card making sure there were no spaces so I could pour in the beautiful Sizzix sequins in the middle.
I then carefully put the front frame on top of the foam adhesive making sure it was straight and placed exactly how I wanted.
For the inside of the card, I decided to use one of the antique-looking pages from the 49 & market curators essentials, and since it already had a distressed look, I ripped the edges to the correct size. I used a stamp set I own to put a nice sentiment on the inside of the card.
I also put some more butterflies on the inside for a nice touch. The right side of the card is also from the 6x6 paper pack of pastel papers that came in the Cherry Box. They work perfectly for the inside base of cards!
I used some of the leftover ripped paper with the rotary stamp to make a cute little “P.S. I love you” sentiment for the back of the card. I then added some of the gold sequins onto the back of the card with glue.
I love how romantic this card turned out – I feel it’s perfect for a non-traditional Valentine’s card or if your anniversary is this time of year, it can be great for that! For the last card, I made I decided to create a pattern with different size butterfly stamps. I chose one of the lighter-colored papers and decided to stamp it in black over and over. I love this technique because you can flip the card so the pattern stays right side up on the backside as well.
I used my Misti to create the pattern and rearranged the butterflies for each row so the design was unique!
Here’s where I turned the base of the card upside down so the pattern will show right side up on the back of the card.
Next, I decided to use the rotary stamp and make strips using the light purple pastel paper in the 6x6 pack to put on the front of this card. This took a couple times of practice to get it right! But if I’ve learned anything about crafting, it definitely doesn’t have to be perfect to work. That’s what makes it homemade, unique and beautiful.
I did 3 different types of sayings and used the one I liked best and cut it into a strip.
I put the strips on the patterned paper with Cherry tape and then cut them down to size.
I used the same stamp set I used with the other card (different saying) to put on the front of this card. I decided to use darker-colored paper and stamp it with white embossing powder. I put the sentiment on another piece of pastel paper from the 6x6 pack and put the sentiment onto the front of the card with foam adhesive to add some lift.
For the inside of the card, I decided to use one of the mini envelopes from the 49 & market curator pack, and more of the laser-cut flowers & leaves along with another grid to add some texture. I added the butterfly and the “moments” word with foam adhesive.
For the back of the card I added a flower from the laser cut sheet, I wanted to make sure I didn’t cover up the butterfly pattern much and keep it simple.
I loved adding the “pattern” onto the paper and creating my own unique design. I hope these 3 cards inspire you to create!
Here are all my card designs completed with their handmade matching envelopes:
Butterfly patterned card:
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My name is Emily Moore & I love handmaking cards! I have an amazing, supportive husband, and a giant beautiful Bernese Mountain dog named George. I get very excited about pretty paper & love making detailed designs using die cuts, stencils, and any new techniques I can find! I used to work as a scrapbook teacher at Scrappy Chic in Livonia, but the pandemic allowed us to move up north more towards family (& A Cherry On Top!). I also recently made a career shift from finance to working at A Cherry On Top and absolutely love it. Come, stop by & say hi! You can find me in the storefront!
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