In May of this year my sister in law lost her mother to complications due to cancer. It was very sudden and the death hit everyone hard. My SIL contacted me over the summer and asked if I could create a Christmas card to honor her mom. Her only stipulation was that it had to include butterflies somehow as her mother loved them and the family associates butterflies with her mom. Of course I was honored and said I would do my best to come up with something for her. A few days later I sent her a rough draft of the card I had in mind and got a big yes from her, so I moved forward and created 25 butterfly Christmas cards for her.
I used the large tree from Lovely As a Tree to form my hanging pine branches. I then stamped the sentiment in the corner of the card and ran the panel through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder. Because I only wanted it to look like snow is falling from below the branches I put a shim in the folder to keep from getting a line across the card as I embossed it.
My butterflies are cut out using the Beautiful Wings embosslits in Night of Navy and Silver Shimmer paper. I used Silver Stretch Cord to create bows for the Night of Navy butterflies and a silver marker to draw the line connecting the bows to the butterflies.
The final step was to sponge the edge of the Whisper White panel and then adhere it to a Night of Navy card base. The picture really doesn't do the card justice, they are so pretty in person! I'm going to let my SIL know she can pull up the edges of the butterfly wings to make them look like they're flying off the card.
Stamps: Lovely As a Tree, Contempo Christmas (sentiment)
Paper: Night of Navy, Silver Glimmer Paper, Whisper White
Ink: Night of Navy, Silver Marker
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots EF, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Silver Stretch Cord, sponge