About a week ago i posted a very mysterious blog, saying that i’d not been around because i’d had a commission to make something, but that i couldn’t say anything about it.

Well, the mystery can now be revealed! Mum, who is retiring from work on 20th March, asked me to make some invitation cards with matching gift tags to invite some of her closer work friends to lunch. After some discussion, this is what we came up with. The reason for the mystery is that some of the recipients read my blog, so i had to keep it very quiet until the big event had happened!

However, i’ve been absolutely itching to put them on my blog, as its some of the best work i’ve ever done. I’m really really proud of this, but at the same time, i really really enjoyed it. and i’ve had nothing but complimentary comments about the work, which is doubly pleasing. In fact, it made Mom cry. (mind you, that’s not hard… *ducks*).

the invitation card i made for moms retirement lunch

the invitation card i made for mom's retirement lunch

The main card is very simple. Photos don’t really show it in its best light, as its a card that has to be held in person to appreciate it to the utmost, i think. However, its a simple butterfly, made out of parchment paper, which holds its shape and flatness very well. I stamped the butterfly in gold ink, embossed it with gold powder, then coloured in the wings and body with shimmering gel pens, made a head from a sticky sequin jewel, and made attenna from jewellery wire. the wings were folded so they’d stand out from the page, to look as though it was mid flight, and the body affixed to the page. It was finished with simple corner decorations and the “you’re invited …” stamp from papermania [more shots behind the cut].

closeup of the butterfly

closeup of the butterfly

The inside of the card had the details of the invite printed from a computer in a lovely font, with a matching envelope as well:

the inside of the invitation

the inside of the invitation

...and the matching envelope

...and the matching envelope

The gift cards, to go with the presents (some smelly candles, if i remember right):

gifts all nicely wrapped with the tags ontop

gifts all nicely wrapped with the tags ontop

the matching gift tag. The butterfly on this was stamped directly onto the paper, not on parchment paper as with the invite, but the colours match.

the matching gift tag. The butterfly on this was stamped directly onto the paper, not on parchment paper as with the invite, but the colours match.

the inside of the gift card

the inside of the gift card

... and the matching envelope

... and the matching envelope

What mum doesn’t know though is that i used the same techniques to make a card a few days after this for Michiel’s sister’s birthday. You can see the similarity here i think:

This was made using a card with existing apertures. I took some parchment paper, drew squares to match the windows, then stamped butterflies into the windows, as i did the parchment butterflies before. Cut round the butterflies, coloured them in, then put gold card behind the butterflies to show as a background. It was finished off with a parchment butterfly standing proud of the card, as with the invitation cards.

This was made using a card with existing apertures. I took some parchment paper, drew squares to match the windows, then stamped butterflies into the windows, as i did the parchment butterflies before. Cut round the butterflies, coloured them in, then put gold card behind the butterflies to show as a background. It was finished off with a parchment butterfly standing proud of the card, as with the invitation cards.

A different view of the same card, but here, you can see, in the top left hand corner, the butterfly made of parchment paper, standing proud of the card. I love this design and ill probably use it for other things in future.

A different view of the same card, but here, you can see, in the top left hand corner, the butterfly made of parchment paper, standing proud of the card. I love this design and i'll probably use it for other things in future.

Last point: in making the parchment butterflies, i ended up with a lot of butterflies that i didn’t use. I’ve decided to try to make a mobile to float the butterflies within my bedroom window. If it works, i’ll post pics!!

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