About Blackbutterfly Cards

I started making cards for pleasure in 2007, and quickly found my home was becoming swamped by cards everywhere. I decided to put some of them up for sale on a webpage in an effort to recoup some of the costs of my hobby. I called the webpage Blackbutterfly Handcrafted Cards, and it can be found at http://www.blackbutterfly2007.co.uk/

I try to take my cards to a couple of table sales or craft fairs a year, but make my cards mainly for friends and family. I would love the website sales to take off, as I nowhere near cover the costs involved in this all absorbing hobby, but for me the main thing is the pleasure I have in making my cards.
Recently I have decided to expand my blog to cover my other interests too. It's a sort of substitute for going to work and chatting to people, as due to ill health I was unable to work, and since the beginning of 2014 I am officially a pensioner.
Although I'll still show my cards, I'll also be covering my other interests and how I attempt to make ends meet day by day.

In fact anything that crosses my mind will be on here, so be prepared for waffle and a wasted five minutes as you read.
Make coffee and settle in, why don't you?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Gothic Cards

Trying to get into the mood to make Gothic cards for the website this weekend, I found some wonderful sillouettes on stitchy bear stamps, available as a download, so I gave them a tryout as "romantic" goth cards.
 I expect I'll get them a little more detailed, as I experiment more with the images, but these are certainly ok so far.The range is called "A Touch of Class" and I love them!
These were made very simply by laying the matted images onto black cardstock overlaid with primary coloured card punched with a Martha Stewart lace punch. Alittle 'bling' was added from my stash, and the last one I decided to use some bright Cerise ribbon I got from Joanna Sheen a while back. I sorta wish I'd laid some silver punched card under it to make it stand out a little more, but never mind! I also added some gems to this too. Two tones of pink, just along the bottom edge of the matting, and on the ribbon stripe at the top.
I also worked hard and made a few Christmas cards this weekend too. I'll post them later.

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