June 1, 2008

Square Butterfly Cards

My friend Bevie linked me to Cindy's cute blog below. Cindy has made some adorable square envelopes out of regular A2 size envelopes. It's the perfect solution for 4" x 4" square cards.


I was inspired by Cindy's blog post to create some square cards with matching envelopes of my own. Here's a close up of a single card with the back and front of the envelopes. My envelopes differ a little bit from Cindy's in that I covered the entire envelope side and then created a flap. For my project, I used new patterned paper by pebbles inc which I purchased at my local scrapbook store. The Polkadot Butterfly stamp is from Karen Lockhart and was colored with Copic markers. I cut and embossed my image with a square Spellbinder's Nestabilities Die Template. Notice how I created an assymetrical look to the main image by cutting off a portion of the butterfly. The creates visual interest plus it gave me extra white space to stamp a Papertrey Sentiment.
Here's how you create the square envelope. The width of my envelopes was 4-3/8" so to make a square envy, I cut it to be 4-3/8" square. Lick the envelope and seal or use adhesive to adhere it shut. The finished car inserts into the side that you cut off. Refer to Cindy's blog for more detailed photos. To cover the entire envelope with patterned paper, I cut my striped patterned paper to measure 4-3/8" x 6". By cutting at 6", you can get 4 pieces of this out of one 12 x 12 piece of patterned paper. You score at 4-3/8" so that you have the leftover portion to make the flap. I rounded the corners like Cindy did too. The finished card size is 4" x 4" square. The patterned paper piece on the front of the card measures, 3-3/4" square. I needed some little cards to send out in product orders to friends...I thought by tying a ribbon (May Arts) around the card and adding a little chocolate, it would make a little thank you gift of sorts. Notice on the card above that I used the Papertrey sentiment that reads *Live Your Bliss*. Hershey's now makes a chocolate candy called Bliss.....I love the dark chocolate flavor and have to say that these compare to the silky smoothness of my beloved Dove chocolates. So how cool is it that I matched the bliss sentiment up with a Bliss chocolate!?

Dang, I KNEW I should have bought more of this patterned paper. I was using restraint though....never works!! Hope you enjoy and thanks to Cindy for the inspiration!!

27 comments:

leenda said...

These cards are FANTASTIC! Thanks for the inspiration!

Raquites said...

love these! Thanks for the tutorial on the envies. and cutting off part of the butterfly really does make a difference, thanks for pointing that out.

Tricia said...

Love it again!! Fabulous!!

Bevie Pearl said...

Mishie Sue, I just love when you get an idea and run with it.
You are such an inspiration!!

onehappystamper said...

Wow! What an amazing job you did with these!!! I am so excited to have been your inspiration! Lucky, lucky me! :) Thanks so very much for linking my blog. Your work is absolutely fabulous!

Kim Gasper said...

Brilliant, as always! I just love these colors. That patterned paper is fantastic. I have a Lockhart butterfly somewhere that I haven't used. Time to get busy, I guess.

Lisa Thibault said...

Beautiful - love the dp you chose and the stamp is very pretty. TFS.

luvstamp said...

Hi Mish, love the cards and the envelopes. That paper is gorgeous! tfs

Lisa

happiness blooms said...

These totally took my breath away Mish! I love the way you placed the butterfly! LOVE it!!!

Cindy said...

too cute- I now know what I am doing ALL day today! Thank you and Cindy for the inspirations!

Sherrie said...

Just adorable. Thank you!!

Ruth Shanahan Allmart said...

What a fabulous idea Mish! I love this and using that chocolate on their was ingenious :o) You rock!!

DeeDee said...

I LOVE that you matched your sentiment with the candy's name.....very COOL touch Mish and I love the butterfly stamped to the edge of the square....I love using that technique with my die cuts too....just something a bit different and interesting....GORGEOUS cards girlie, I'm lovin' the square cards right now myself!!!

Melissa said...

Absolutely awesome!!!

Many Blessings,
M.

Stefanie Staniak said...

Another Mishlicious (that's a mouth full) creation. Watch out world, when I retire I'm going to grow up to create like Mish!!
Love you sweetie ! :)

Chelle! said...

These are absolutely adorable. I just love dropping by your blog.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

I love square cards!! And these pink and brown butterfly cards are just soooo amazing!!! Oh how wonderful the bliss chocolate is to go with the sentiment!!! LOVE it!!

Tami McBeain said...

Oh I love these little cards and you are so great at laying your image out, love that the butterfly is off the page a little! And a perfect solution to make the envies to fit!

Jenn in GA said...

these really popped off the computer screen when your blog came up today! i really like these...but i must be challenged somehow, because i don't get what you mean about the envelope conversion. oh well! they're still way cool! gonna have to try those bliss chocolates too. hershey has a subsidiary that makes higher end chocolates--like the newbies from starbucks--and i wonder if they make the bliss too...yummmmm.

Karen said...

What a great idea! I do love that paper and I want all the Karen Lockhart stamps. Thanks for sharing

Charmaine said...

What a great idea for making small envelopes!

Charmaine

Jenna P said...

Beautiful cards Mish! They look awesome, and I love that you used the patterend paper on the outside of the envelope.

Oh- and now I need some chocolate. :)

Cris A said...

You are my FAVORITE blogger EVER!! I've been a big fan on SCS but haven't been on in a while. Then I found your blog and I'm so inspired!

sew7752 said...

I read your blog every day but I just had to post on these cards. Luv them! I am truly inspired by your work, please don't ever stop!

Whimsey said...

Oh Mish; these are breathtaking - I like them sooooooooooooo much!!!

Barefootstamper said...

Michelle, these are just so, so, so pretty! What a great set!You got a shout out over at Card of the Week.com. You can check out the post at http://www.cardoftheweek.com/2008/06/card-of-the-wee.html

Thanks for sharing your awesome work!

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