Butterfly card – Playing with April

I know… I know… I’ve been bad. I haven’t posted in sooooo long. But with Christmas, Christmas cards, my PTLLS course (it’s a teaching course for those of you wondering) and some other ‘project’ I am working on there hasn’t been much time or inspiration for anything else. I’ve been feeling drained for a while.

I am coming back slowly and one of the first cards that I did was with April’s help. April is my eCraft machine, she is named April because I got her in April as a birthday present from my fiance – one of the first to be sent out from Crafter’s Companion. I could never have done this card without April as I wouldn’t cut all those layers by hand (I am patient but not THAT patient!)

The cutting file is from SVGCuts. It’s the Edisto Island Cards SVG Kit from their Premium Collections. It is a really good kit and I bought it because there are many individual files I could use even from just one card (there are 6 cards in the kit but with LOADS of extras)

April cut everything perfectly! The backing paper that I used was really thin and I was so worried that it would rip but I used a pressure setting of 4 and cut perfectly! I was so pleased with myself that I got it right the first time but since I’ve had my machine now for a while I can sort of guess what pressure to use correctly. The main body of the card  was made from Core’dinations card cut with pressure 7. It is better if you have doublesided patterned card for this project but since I wanted to use these papers and I wanted pattern on the inside as well I flipped some of the files and lined the inside of the card as well. The eCraft software did that and when the files were cut they matched perfectly!

Here is a view of the card from the side so you can see a little bit inside

And also one of the card laying flat so you can see the beautiful detail on the flowers.

I usually prefer to design my own files to cut but this way I has a lovely card in a short amount of time and since I haven’t been feeling very inspired lately it just helped me feel that I have accomplished something. It only took me a couple of hours on an evening to do!

Love, Nandia

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