Flowers For Every Season - Spring Butterfly Panel Card

by Joanne James7. March 2021 09:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the amazing Claire to host this week and she has a seasonal theme challenge for you to work with:


Whilst it has been a little chillier again here in the UK this week, there are still so many wonderful signs that spring is in the air. The daffodils are starting to open, the first lambs have been born on a neighbouring farm so today's card is full of spring colour - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Flowers For Every Season - I decided that for today's card I wanted to see an injection of spring colour, so reached for the Flowers For Every Season designer paper pack. This pack contains some very bold, bright florals and the one I chose, with its tulips amongst other flowers, is just perfect for spring. I used the three panel layout over at Paper Craft Crew so that the pattern didn't become too overwhelming, and backed each one with a thin border of Just Jade and a fancy frame diecut with the Ornate Layers Dies in Whisper White.

Butterfly Beauty - I chose a sentiment that I thought reflects the optimism that comes with the spring season, and embellished it with a layered butterfly cut using the Butterfly Beauty dies (I snipped this one away from the larger die):


I also used another of the dies in the same set to create my horizontal pieces of greenery. 

Elongated Envelope - In order to comfortably accommodate my three panels, I made my card slightly longer than a standard card front (it measures 18cm instead of 14.9cm). The photo below shows the difference in sizes:


This meant I needed to create a custom envelope. Rather than start from scratch though, I thought I'd share with you a quick trick that you can use to convert a standard envelope to fit a larger card. All you need to do is glue the envelope closed, then slice off the end on the short side and add some some designer paper to create a new closure:

It's really straightforward: Take two strips of coordinating DSP, one measuring 4cm x 30.5cm (1 1/2" x 6") and one 4cm x 10.5cm and attach the longer one to the cut edge of the front of the envelope, with an even overhang top and bottom. Measure 18cm from the end of the envelope and score a line along your DSP, cut away the corners to create your flap then flip your envelope over to the reverse. Fold over the overhangs and glue those in place then align the shorter piece across the back of the envelope and glue to the base. Add tear and tape to the envelope flap and you're done. Here's a photo of the reverse of the envelope extension which hopefully makes some sense of my instructions above:


 I also added some Magenta Madness ribbon to cover my seam as my card will be hand delvered rather than posted - you can always leave this off if you need to be able to post your card.


What do you think? I hope you found the envelope instructions useful and you like my card full of spring colour and flowers. I'm also linking up today over at SUO Challenges, where the theme is 'things that fly' - I think my butterfly qualifies on that front!

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your day; I am hoping to spend some time in the garden today and will be making the most of my last day at home with the James Juniors before they head back to school next week on Monday and Tuesday respectively. I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


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Comments (19) -

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
3/7/2021 4:21:26 PM #

An absolutely gorgeous card, Joanne! This is perfect paper for a Spring theme, and I love how you backed it with the ornate frames. The butterfly and the vine are wonderful accents for the sentiment. Who wouldn't love to receive this card!!!

Heather Heroldt
Heather HeroldtUnited States
3/7/2021 7:17:42 PM #

Wow, Joanne, so pretty!  Love that inlaid butterfly, and what gorgeous paper!  So many lacy details, too!  Thanks so much for playing at SUO!

Deborah Wheeler
Deborah WheelerUnited Kingdom
3/7/2021 8:39:15 PM #

That's such a pretty card, and a brilliant tip for the envelope

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
3/7/2021 9:51:08 PM #

This is really pretty. I think the narrow border and those borders really tame that wild paper. The ornate frame is both shows-topping and subtle at the same time, somehow!

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
3/7/2021 9:53:06 PM #

And that is an AWESOME tip about the envelope!

LaurieUnited States
3/8/2021 12:41:21 AM #

Stunning! That butterfly is gorgeous!

Amanda Mertz
Amanda MertzUnited States
3/8/2021 4:30:05 PM #

Thanks for the envelope tutorial!!  I never make odd sizes because I can't be bothered to fuss with a special envelope but you made it seem so easy!  Love the card too; the floral panels backed with the lacy die is perfect for a spring card.  Have a great week!

Debbie Crowley
Debbie CrowleyUnited States
3/9/2021 5:26:27 AM #

Joanne, if this card doesn't say Spring, I don't know what does.  It is prettier than lovely!  Thank you for the envelope tutorial.  I am going to give it a try.  Enjoy the rest of your week.

NancyUnited States
3/9/2021 4:02:51 PM #

Joanne,  Your card is beautiful, and I love the DSP and butterfly so much! However, the tidbit for extending an envelope is brilliant. Thanks for sharing your great idea with us!! I am super excited about this! Have a great week!

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
3/9/2021 4:10:02 PM #

So pretty!  This butterfly works perfectly with those gorgeous florals!

Renee Daley
Renee DaleyUnited States
3/9/2021 7:43:53 PM #

What a lovely card for Spring! I love the colors. Thanks for joining us at SUO Challenges! Come visit us again soon.

VickyUnited Kingdom
3/10/2021 12:55:12 PM #

What a gorgeous spring card Joanne! I love the three panels and the little grouping you've made with the butterfly, the sentiment and that fab die cut vine. The envelope tip  is brilliant and I will definitely be using that! I use standard envelopes and cut them down to size sometimes but this is something else! Hope you enjoyed your gardening Smile
Vicky x

Natalie Arnold
Natalie ArnoldUnited Kingdom
3/11/2021 6:27:35 PM #

Wow Joanne beautiful card all of the different layers you've added looks amazing. Love the way you extended your envelope to fit your card very clever thinking. Thanks for taking part in the SUO challenge hope to see you take part next time x Natalie Arnold

jaydeeUnited States
3/12/2021 2:17:42 PM #

Joanne, what a wonderful way to showcase the variety of DSP.  I love the butterfly landing on the sentiment.  A fabulous spring card and a reminder that I'll be seeing butterflies in a couple of months!

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
3/12/2021 7:27:36 PM #

Joanne, this is gorgeous!  I love that DSP and the butterfly landing on your sentiment is so lovely!    The envelope is so pretty, too and will brighten up someone's mailbox.  Thank you for making my challenge shine this week!  

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
3/13/2021 6:21:49 AM #

Such a gorgeous card, Joanne! Your tip about making a custom envelope is genius, too. Thank you once again for the awesome inspiration, my friend!

Jan Musselman
Jan MusselmanUnited States
3/13/2021 5:45:06 PM #

Fabulous card, Joanne! The tip about the envelope is great. So creative! Thanks for joining the Paper Craft Crew this week!

Angel Shaver
Angel ShaverUnited States
3/15/2021 11:48:27 PM #

Stunning choice of colors and Designer Series Paper.  Thank you for the tips about creating a custom size card without completely starting from scratch.  Thanks for playing with us at SUO Challenges this week.

Christy Stanford
Christy StanfordUnited States
3/18/2021 10:31:46 AM #

Ooh, I love the colors on that butterfly!  It coordinates with the pretty patterned paper panels (say that three times fast) but the colors are more saturated so the butterfly is still the star of the show.  Thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges, hope to see you in the gallery for our new challenge!

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