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4th International Women’s Day Hop

Happy International Women's Day, everyone! Just like last year, I am participating in the Instagram hop. This is the 4th hop of its kind. I am a participant as well as a sponsor. So please do visit me here to play along for a chance to win prizes.


My card is an easel card in the shape of a butterfly and the designs on it are from our latest release - Spring Blessings for March 2022.



Key Ingredients:

  1. Lovely Luna stamp set (on VaradaSharma.com | on Etsy.com)

  2. For the sentiments on the front

  3. Lucky Clover stamp set (on VaradaSharma.com | on Etsy.com)

  4. Free To Be stamp set (on VaradaSharma.com | on Etsy.com )

  5. For sentiment banner on the inside

  6. Grateful To You stamp set from Maker Forte

  7. Remarkable ink pad Eclipse Black from Maker Forte

  8. Tag Builder 5 die set from My Favorite Things

  9. Copic Markers

  10. Luna moth - G12, YG63, YG93 for darker areas, Y15 for hints of yellow, Colorless blender

  11. Pink flowers - RV02, RV11, RV13

  12. Yellow flowers - Y06, Y15, gold paint pen for centers

  13. Violet sprigs - V15, V17

  14. Leaves - YG03, YG63, YG67

  15. So many butterflies dies set from Spellbinders

Steps:

  1. Prepare the base -

  2. Make a basic butterfly shaped card first. You can check out two ways to make a shaped card here.

  3. On the front of the card base score in the middle and fold it inwards. Set it aside for now.

  4. Use PowerPoint to size, plan the card and print out all the images.

  5. For this one I arranged the main image from Lovely Luna stamp set and sentiments from the other two sets where I wanted them.

  6. The Lovely Luna set comes with individual images of the Luna moth as well as the two large flowers. I also sized all these to match the size of my main image.

  7. I printed all these with my Brother laser printer on Neenah Bright White paper.

  8. Cut out the individual images with Brother Scan and Cut. For the main image, I used the largest die from Spellbinders So Many Butterflies die set and cut it out.

  9. Front butterfly panel

  10. Color all the images. I recently got me some new Copics - the pinks, the greens and the violet ones listed above :) I used these the pink and green ones to practice color the moth and flowers on the main image. I knew these would get covered anyways, so I didn't color them all the way in, especially the flowers just the outer edges.

  11. Mount the flowers with foam tape and also the moth on top.

  12. Add details with paint pen and also add jewels to the 'eyes' on the moth's wings.

  13. Assemble

  14. The Copics bled on the back and since this is an easel card the top of the back would show, so I cut out a top half of a butterfly and adhered it to the top on the back side of my colored panel. A totally optional step though.

  15. Stamp the sentiment 'With love' on a piece of pink cardstock and cut out a banner with it using the small banner die from MFT Stamps Tag Builder set 5. Also cut the same banner with some foam. I had pink foam on hand so I used that one. Adhere these two pieces together and adhere it to the inside of the card. When the easel stands up, this will hold it in place.

  16. Lastly adhere the finished front panel to the folded bottom half of the cardbase to finish the project.

That's all. Hope this gives you an idea or a few tips. :)


4th international women’s day hop




Behind the face of this hop are 10 women who are very different from each other in every aspect of life, whether it’s their age, places where they live, their appearances or their identities, and moreover, their unique individual crafting styles! We as women are social, responsible, empathetic, vulnerable and nurturing. With these qualities in mind, let us all crafty women from all around the globe take a step toward women empowerment. All we need to do is be positive, encouraging, and uplifting to each other via our paper crafts, as it is the love for crafting which binds us all together here. A little bit of kindness goes a long way, and let us shine and share the warmth together. Remember this – “You are like a Sun– impenetrable but emitting warmth within yourself and to those around you.”


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For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used or the ones you can use for making similar cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!





Hugs! ~Varada

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