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Come and join me in my Creativity Zone where you can enjoy fun and challenging card design ideas that will inspire you to learn new techniques to maximize the use of your craft tools, most especially the Silhouette Cameo machine along with the Silhouette Studio Designer software, and truly enjoy your crafting to the fullest.

All my files are shared for free, ONLY with my blog followers. The files are in Silhouette Studio format. They are for PERSONAL use only and must not be redistributed. You can share by directing people to the link of the project/post on my blog. Thank you for your compliance.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Easel Card With A 'Mirror'


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!


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!

15 comments:

  1. Incredible, just stunning! :) Lori m

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  2. I love the rust color you used. Lovely card! -lei

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  3. very lovely and unique..love the details - agnes

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  4. very lovely and unique..love the details - agnes

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  5. I was so intrigued by this card that I just had to pull out the supplies and try it right away. My prototype needs a little refining but I am extremely pleased with the results. Even though it is not perfect, it is sitting on my desk as it is so beautiful. It took me a while to get the design into my KNK format but I can see myself using this technique again for special people. Thank you so much for sharing...you are very talented.

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  6. Just wonderful Gail. Really amazing.

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  7. Great card, Gayle, just gorgeous! I did get my new blade holder and I went back to yahoo to find the instructions on how to load it into my Sil but can't find it back! Can you help me out? Thanks! gytgram at yahoo

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  8. Fabulous card, Gayle. All of your projects are so beautiful. I wish I had even a fraction of your talent!

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  9. Beautiful! Have to try this. Please send file
    Thank you
    Judy3118@aol.com

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  10. As usual. I love the beautiful card--would love the file. Thanks Sandy
    sankarl4@yahoo.com

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  11. I love all the detail.I would love the file.
    Thanks,
    christinestrong@gmail.com

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  12. This is gorgeous as well. May I ask for the files too, pretty please??? I don't know how to trace SCUT files using Studio at this point, and the rosette flower is so nice too!

    Thank you very much.
    Karen
    kbrig@ptd.net

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  13. so inspiring Gayle. would love this file.

    Thank you,

    novene.manley@gmail.com

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  14. Another file I would be thrilled to have - thank you! Christi ~ StampinDiva@yahoo.com

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