Decorative elements were created for the front corners of the card with one of the dies from the Sizzlits Architectural Accent set by Sizzix. Inside the card, a frame for the stamped message was created with one of the new Splellbinders Card Creator Fancy Weave dies.
A closer look at the card folds needed to create the easel for the card . . .
To create the easel, Side A is adhered to Side B:
To display the card, tuck the card front behind the raised design element on the bottom of the card. (In this case, I used foam dots to raise the piece with the three leaves, but you could also use other dimensional elements such as buttons or brads.)
The shaped edges on this multi-page birthday card were created with Spellbinders Grand Labels 11. The front of the card also sports a window made from the largest of the regular Spellbinders Labels 11. The window was edged with Copic marker 100 - Black - alcohol marker. The message was stamped with Tsukineko Tuxedo Black dye ink and the flowers with Tsukineko Memento London Fog dye ink. The butterflies in the background were stamped with various dye and distress inks, then more color added with the same ink pads and an applicator tool.
The dimensional butterfly was created by stamping with white pigment ink on vellum, then heat embossing with Black Sparkle embossing powder by Sweet Stamps - http://www.sweetstamps.com/. Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens were used to color in the butterfly from the backside. Then I cut out the butterfly and attached it to the card with a glue dot. (This is a great little technique that was demonstrated by Sweet Stamps at the 2012 Bloomington Rubber Stamp show last weekend.)
At the top of the second page flies a butterfly die-cut from black cardstock with the Small Faerie Queen Butterfly die by Cheery Lynn Designs. The die cut was adhered to vellum, then colored in from the backside with Faber Castell Pitt Artist pens. The tiny butterflies were die-cut from black cardstock with the Memory Box Butterfly Delights die.
The bottom section sports more of the tiny Memory Box die-cut butterflies as well as a stamped message from the Hot Off The Press "Birthday Greetings" stamp set and the "Chick and Butterflies" stamp from DenamiDesign Rubber Stamps -- www.denamidesign.com. The background was created with the same technique as the front of the card: Various dye and distress inks were applied with an applicator tool then over-stamped with various flower stamps. The butterfly is a solid image that was stamped in a light pink color then colored with Copic alcohol markers.
An ink applicator tool was used to apply various shades of distress inks to the background. The butterfly at the top of the third page as created from black cardstock with the Large Faerie Queen Butterfly die by Cheery Lynn Designs. The same technique was used to adhere the butterfly to vellum and then color it with Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens from the backside.
On the bottom half of this page, one of the new Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Rectangles die was used to create a frame for the stamped message and image. The "negative" space created by the Memory Box Butterfly Delights used on the previous page became the decorative strip at the bottom of this page, letting nothing go to waste!
Dye and distress inks were again used to create the colored backgrounds on this page. The decorative flourish cornerpieces were created with the Sizzix Architectural Accents die #4. One of the new Spellbinders Square Swatches dies was used to create a frame for the image created from the Lili of the Valley "Patchwork Butterfly" stamp. The flowers and dots at the bottom of the page were made with the flower Sew Stamper and various wooden buttons were attached with glue dots for added interest.
Two more Sizzix decorative flourish corner pieces and some of the Memory Box Butterfly Delights die-cuts adorn the bottom page. The main focal piece of the bottom page was created with the new Spellbinders Splendid Circles dies. Another message from the Birthday Greetings stamp set by Hot Off The Press was stamped onto white cardstock and then die-cut with one of the Spellbinders Classic Circles Small dies. Distress inks were used to add a little color to the background of the die-cut circle.
The back of this birthday card was done using another technique that was demonstrated at the 2012 Bloomington Rubber Stamp Show--this time by the great folks at Stamp A Mania.
Using Versamark ink, stamp an image on gloss cardstock (you must use gloss cardstock for the technique to work properly). Solid image stamps like the ones I used here from the Hot Off The Press "Wildflowers" stamp set work great with this technique.
Next, I used a brayer to apply ink, running it right over the stamped image. (Watermark ink acts as a resist ink, so you will be able to wipe off the ink from the stamped image later.)
This technique works especially well when done with one of the various "rainbow" ink pads that are available. In my sample, I used KaleidAColor Blue Breeze and Berry Blaze.
The butterflies were stamped with black Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink and I added some color to the flowers with Copic markers. (Alcohol markers like Copics can color just about anything - even resist ink!)