The inspiration for this card was a regular two-fold card from DoCrafts.com created by Acorns (link below). There was no detail on how it was made aside from the description, ‘die cut butterfly on acetate’. I was intrigued by the mirror effect and took a closer look. The next thing I knew I was cutting away. Coincidentally, I happen to have seen the exact same butterfly design which is a free file from Dream Scrapbooks (link below) which is actually on a SCAL (Sure Cuts A Lot) format which I was able to trace in Studio.
The trick for the mirror effect is using acetate and gluing the 2 cuts of butterfly at the body part placing the acetate in between. The butterfly at the bottom gives an illusion of a reflection of the butterfly on top.
From a two-fold card, my design progressed into an easel card to display the mirror effect of the butterfly more prominently. It was quite tricky how to display an unobstructed view of the back of the ‘mirror’ and still be able to create the easel. You’ll see in the photos the strategy that eventually hit my brain. With the Silhouette, everything is just possible!
Here is a tutorial on the easel card: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/easelcard/
The butterfly used on top was cut on a cream card stock and sprayed with glimmer mist. I was able to replicate the rust color of the card stock that I used on the base of the card by mixing orange, brown and black. Manually embossing with a stylus has become a favourite technique which I applied to the butterfly on top, the sentiments and the vine. The butterfly used at the bottom was cut on the rust card stock.
The only files on the card that I can share are the butterfly design and the rosette flower. Everything else on the card are all Silhouette designs. The base of the shaped card is a tag design called ‘Tag Nesting
Set Of Two’ which I ungrouped and used the mat layer. I created the ‘For You’ sentiment but welded it to a Silhouette swirl design.
My next card will be a fun card using another different card design and technique. I already created the template for it so that means another free file. Watch out for it!