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My name is Eileen but to friends in the card making world I'm known as 'ikki'. (which is pronounced I-KEY) From where or how this came about I'm not sure - it just got shorten from my original craft name of Ikemo by various friends along my crafting way! I started crafting whilst recouperating from an accident, and from my first attempts with peeloffs and paint - I was hooked! Now my passion is my BUG! and now BEADING!

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Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Nestabilities - Make more use of your dies

Nestabilities are so useful, but do you get as much use out of them as you could? 

Today I will show you what was in the black box (sorry it's a day late, but travelling home was delay).

This is how I made my card


using a pierceabilities die (but not embossing or piercing the pattern) I cut my base card and two layers.


from the top layer - cut out the butterfly shape to reveal the under layer, and  from heat embossing acetate cut a second shape which I stamped over and embossed in gold.
assembled with an ribbon and sentiment. 

Now for the inside of my card - which is the surprise element.....
cut 2 layers of paper


Cut 3  Nesties circle (emboss 2) and fold as shown.  You could use squares and get the same effect.
Join together
Cut a number of butterflies and fold. I used a double sided DP and heat embossing acetate.  This works really well and adds a bit of glitz! 



assembled  your card will look like this!  If you need more info on this  pop-up design check out this tutorial that I did last year.

Sometimes you forget just what dies you have, and since they are expensive why not use them more - on this card I have use three different ones to give interest and texture.  The reason I didn't show it previously was because I enter the card  in a Spellbinder GDT call, but unfortunately it was not good enough!    I think I overlooked the fact that although I designed this pop up card  last year, and despite updating the idea with the 3D butterflies, so many crafters have copied it, that it probably seem mudane and ordinary!   Still you live and learn!!  There'll be another time!!!

18 comments:

Aunty Sue said...

Certainly not mundane i love it. Thanks for sharing

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh Ikki it's gorgeous - it's not that it's not good enough I'm sure...I think they just get overwhelmed with great ideas. I thik also that blogs like yours, where you do it all for the love of it, are kinda hoist by their own success - they know you'll cary on doing it anyway!

Happy Days said...

Genius!! Fantastic card and tutorial, only just got my Nesties, but am using them far more than I thought I would and now have another potential use for them. Thanks so much for sharing. x

Anne said...

Ikki that is a wonderful idea and so nice to be able to use dies more. Sorry you didn't have any success with Spellbinders but hteir loss is our gain.

Anne

kay said...

beautiful card ikki,keep up the good work,x

PepPop said...

Gorgeous card. Love the gold embossed butterfly and layered over the red it looks amazing. One to try, thanks. Jaqui x

tracy said...

mundane and ordinary,, no way, i havent seen this before so to me its fresh something new to try, i think its wonderfull. will have to adapt as i dont have pierceibilities dies and my circles are the nestie ones, will dego give this a go.
lol t xxx

tracy said...

me again, i meant nellies not nesties lol, just got in from work lol
xxx

Nessie said...

Ikki, it is a wonderful card. I don't think that it wasn't "good enough". Perhaps they just have had too many good cards or they were looking for a different style this time? You never know... But for your avid followers, you are definitely a star. Thanks for all the hard work you put into your blog and tutorials.

Bettythebaglady said...

I love the idea of cutting the shape to reveal the under layer and putting the acetate on top. You could dry emboss the acetate with a folder if you didn't have a suitable stamp or just stamp pattern on with staz on. In our house DH and I are at odds over this butterfly-he doesn't like the shape although recently I managed to produce a simple card he approved! We love you Ikki and Spellbinders don't know what they are missing. Hugs BettyXXX

scrapcat 1 said...

Not good enough, they must be mad I think it amazing, spectacular, fantastic and downright fabulous.
Thank you for being willing to show us how to make these incredible cards even if it means your work isn't as appreciated as it should be.
Tracy

Jade said...

The gold embossed acetate layer really adds a lot of pop to the butterflies. Great idea!

Whisper said...

Gorgeous hun, am especially loving how you did the inside of the card, Sam x

Toucan Scraps said...

awesome card

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Fantastic idea Ikki - LOVE it. And the cards looks gorgeous - not mundane at all.

I love to see ideas that I think: great - I can go to my Craft Room and make it now or tomorrow - not so complicated that I can't remember - but the end-result, is oh, SO pretty. I'd put you on my DT in a flash (if I had one)!

Paula Gale said...

wowser - Ikki - this is a stunning card - your cuttling at its best...

Paula x x x

mrs ann said...

Thanks for sharing these lovely cards with us. I really apprieciate your ideas with the cuttlebug and folders. Love the heat embossing on the butterflies, I would never have thought of that.!!
Actually I would never have though of anything that you make!!lol.x

jules said...

wow LOVE IT!!!!!!