Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Commissioned Valentine Card

A colleague commissioned a Valentine card for his partner and he asked for it to incorporate a butterfly on the front which opened up to reveal a heart inside which in turn lifted up to reveal the verse. After consultation we decided how the end result should look and the colour pallet.

I have made numerous cards in the past for my colleague and those for his partner always have to incorporate a butterfly as she has a  soft spot for them.

I made two 8" black card squares and stuck one to the other and created a gate fold card,  then half a butterfly was cut out from each of the fold back panels. A smaller set of wings were cut from red card which were stamped and gold embossed with swirly stamps,  another set were cut from gold holographic card and a final set from black card also stamped and gold embossed with the swirls.

 Two pieces of the backing paper - a freebie from A Passion for Papercrafting, were backed with red card and gold holographic and affixed to the two front panels. Some gold ribbon, gold crystals on the butterfly body and corners and antenna made from beading wire and beads finished the front of the card.

 The inside

The heart was made using a Creative Expressions mandala heart stamp, I really like this stamp it is layers of frills and there is so much that can be done with it. I stamped it 3 times on red card but the first was a folded piece of card. The 3 layers were glittered with Pee wee glitters in gold, red and white and a tassel was added to the bottom of the heart.

Gold holographic card was mounted onto red card and adhered to the inside of the card. A row of cushioned heart ribbon, the die cut word 'Love', red oval crystals and the heart were added. The verse that had been chosen was printed out and cut to size to fit in the folded heart.

Opened heart

I must admit that I was a little apprehensive  when I gave this to my colleague because at the end of the day this was my interpretation of his ideas . He was delighted with it - big sigh of relief!!!

I am entering this card into the following challenges: Always anything goes


  1. A wonderful card, thanks for joining the CBN challenge xxx

  2. A wonderfully creative card with such rich colours and fabulous details! Thanks so much for sharing your work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Sarah.

  3. Very ornate! All the details are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing it with us at Crafty Boots Challenges. xx Denise

  4. I can understand her passion for butterflies and you have certainly accommodated her with this design. Your richly ornate is fabulous, I am sure she loved it.

    Thanks for joining in the fun with us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  5. Wow! This is such a lovely design! I love the rich, warm colors. This card just has so many interesting components! Thank you for sharing your talent with us at Hooked on Craft Challenges!


  6. The details on those hearts are just amazing. A stunning card!!!

    Thank you for playing along with us at Make It Monday!
    Remember, for a chance to win the prize from our sponsor, leave a comment for another entry and mention that you saw them on Make It Monday.
    Lisa xx

  7. fab card, love the striking colours, thanks for sharing with us at OLLCB xx

  8. Beautiful card, and such a lot of work put into it, no wonder it was appreciated. Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley. xx

  9. Gorgeous Valentine card,fab details!
    Thanks for joining us at ATSC!

  10. Wow this is so beautiful, the colours are gorgeous so is the design, superb creation, thank you for joining our challenge at OLLCB
    Lorraine x

  11. It's beautiful!!! Thanks for joining us at ATSC!

    gr. arjette.

  12. Gorgeous card, thanks for joining in our Valentines challenge at Addicted to Stamps. Teresa xx

  13. What a card. Good luck with all your challenge entries.

  14. Gorgeous card!
    Thanks for joining us at DVC

  15. Eine schöne Idee und super umgesetzt, gefällt mir sehr gut.

    Danke für deine Teilnahme bei Kreative Stempelfreunde.

    Einen lieben Gruß von Andrea

  16. Wow, this is gorgeous! Saw you at Make it Monday. ~Diane (I am #23)

  17. Wow this is fabulous. Lynne xx

  18. Fab card, what a wonderful design.///

  19. Joan this is superb such an amazing creation and your design of the card is brill.

    Hugs Shirley x x

  20. WOW!! what a fabulous design!! Love it, Hugs May x x x x