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Cards and other handicrafts made by Jean Straw

Monday, 16 November 2015

Butterfly Challenge with Zig-Zags

For the Butterfly Challenge this time the chosen letter is Z and Mrs A decreed that this should stand for Zig-Zags, so I have a butterfly card with zig-zags to show you today.
I started by choosing the patterned paper with a zig-zag design, which is from a Penny Black 6" pad, and the picked the other elements to go with it. I used some light greenish card, wrapped around with a piece of olive linen ribbon, with the ends secured behind, attached to a 15cm white base card. Next I embossed a square of brown card using a Stampin Up embossing folder with a zig -zag design and adhered it to the center of the card, and then added the two small squares of patterned paper.
 I don't very often use sketches for my cards but Jules of Always With A Heart Blog has very kindly shared a library of her design sketches and I have used one of them here. Thanks Jules.
I stamped the Chocolate Baroque butterfly on a snippet of white card with Versamark ink and embossed it with WOW gold embossing powder. I coloured it with some Inka-Gold paints by placing a small amount onto my craft mat and spritzing with water and the applying with a paint brush. The colours I used are greenyellow and old silver. I added a bit more water to the paint left on the craft mat and dragged another snippet of white card through it to use as a background for the butterfly. I stamped the butterfly and the greeting onto this piece with Memento Olive Grove and added it to the card, the painted butterfly was then fussy cut by hand and glued on with gel glue to raise the wings slightly.

I am entering this at The Butterfly Challenge - Butterflies + Z for Zig-Zags
                                 Pixie's Snippet Playground - Use Snippets. My white stamped card and the patterned paper are snippets.

Thank You for visiting here today and for you comments, I really appreciate them all.


  1. Lovely design, I love the butterfly. xx

  2. Very beautiful card Jean.
    Hugs, Veerle

  3. Your butterfly looks gorgeous and the card design is fantastic.
    Yvonne xx

  4. A lovely card with lots of zig zags and I love that beautiful butterfly. Barbxx

  5. A double whammy of zig zags. Fab. I love the colourway and the detail you put into making the butterfly. Well worth it. Thank you for fluttering by. Hugs Mrs A.

  6. I think this sketch was a great jumping off point for your card! I love all the chevrons and great colors along with that gorgeous butterfly too! NJ!

  7. Hi Jean

    I thought I recognised the layout when I saw your card on my dashboard - I think that so far I have used this sketch more than the others in my collection!

    Loving your colour palette and that gorgeous butterfly.

    Thanks for the shout out - pleased you are finding the sketches useful.

    Love Jules xx

  8. Lovely butterflies and zig zags.

  9. This is a really pretty card Jean and I love what you have done to the CB butterfly and the greens with the brown embossed layer are the perfect colours to go with your gorgeous butterfly. x

  10. Wow Jean, this truly is fabulous! Lots of zig zags and the colours are just wonderful - LOVE the butterfly!


    Di xx

  11. this is lovely Jean, fab design, I love the papers, the colours are just my cup of tea and the butterfly is lovely!
    Hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  12. Gorgeous! Loving all your Zigs & Zags & especially this nice layout. This butterfly is just stunning with the gold embossing and then painting with the Inka Golds. Very rich looking and I like the subtle green & tan tones. The border ribbon looks like velvet and the slightly richer color of that ribbon looks so pretty with the butterfly's colors too. Great card. TFS & Hugs.

  13. Hi Jean,
    what a super card for the butterfly challenge theme.
    Wonderful designing, and that butterfly is gorgeous too.
    My you are a wizard with you scissors as that butterfly is cut so perfectly.
    Wonderful painting of the butterfly too.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  14. Stunning love these colours and that butterfly looks so classy bet it shimmers even more in the flesh Its a wonderfful card love and hugs Carole x

  15. Really gorgeous!
    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  16. That is absolutely gorgeous, Jean! Wonderful colours