Crafter’s Companion Flutterby Review by Leanne McAlpine

Hello again everyone, I hope you are all well and enjoying the gorgeous weather we are having?
I’m writing this sitting in my garden whilst enjoying the sunshine.
I have recently been sent a collection of Crafter’s Companion goodies to play with and tasked with creating something from them. I am a huge fan of Crafter’s Companion, however have never tried some of the items I was sent so this was a bit of a learning curve for me!
The products I was sent include:
  • Flutterby Collection of glitter card
  • Sheena 3D Embossing Folders x 2- Cherry and It’s a New Day
  • Spectrum Noir Metallic Pencils
  • Flutterby Collection 2 piece die set – Arrangement of butterflies
  • Die’sire Edgable Aurora Wheel
They are all pictured here.

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I decided to make a card using the products, although I’m not going to lie… the pencils scared me! I’m not a colourist, nor will I ever be. I do not have the patience or the skill but I found a way to use them in my card making.
The only extra things I have used are:
  • Resin frame- Craft Buddy
  • Paper flowers from my stash
  • Rustic wedding collection 12 x12 paper pad – Crafter’s Companion
I began by cutting into the patterned paper with the cut in die from the arrangement of butterflies set. I cut the patterned paper to fit a DL card blank. I have to say, I am not a huge fan of butterflies… I think I’m one of the few crafters who isn’t. But both these dies are lovely and cut perfectly.
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I then cut a strip of the green glitter card and attached to behind the butterflies, so it could be seen peeping through, before attaching to the card front.
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Next, I cut the die’sire die twice and snipped it from the card (please ignore the condition of my Gemini cutting plates, they are well used!). This die cut perfectly, even though I was cutting into craft card, I did not need to use the metal shim. The edgable dies are so versatile and can be used to make backgrounds as well as adding a feature to the edges of your card.
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Once cut out, I then chopped into the die cut and coloured two of the pieces with the pencils. I have never used professional pencils before but have watched many of the demonstrations on TV. They really do blend into each other with ease and there was no crumbling of the nib. They give a lovely metallic sheen to your finished project. It does not come across well in the photo but I can assure you the card looked more like metallic embellishments.

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I then attached these pieces to the card front.
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I cut the other butterfly strip die from green and pink glitter card. This idea gives a variety of sizes of butterflies and adds embossing detail, without needing to use the embossing mat. I have found this to be an incredibly useful die and probably something I would not have considered buying, however having a variety of sizes creates a lovely cascading effect which is perfect for my style of crafting.

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To complete the card, I added a resin frame, paper flowers , stamens and then scattered the various butterflies. I am really happy with the finished project. As usual I haven’t added a sentiment as this card could be used for a variety of occasions.
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I also tried out the 3D embossing folders. Now I haven’t tried any of these before, although I do love embossing folders, I think they are one of the hidden gems of crafting and tone on tone they look amazing!

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I embossed both of the designs on cream card which worked perfectly. The level of emboss was very pronounced and I think I got the plate combination right for my Gemini. Because the emboss is so deep, it makes it really easy to cut elements from the design. I embossed the new day folder and cut out one of the feathers which I then coloured with the metallic pencils.
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I have also created two simple cards using the 3D embossing folders. I have embossed smooth cream card with each folder and trimmed them to fit a DL card blank. I have swept gilding polish over each of the designs to highlight the emboss.
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The ‘A new day’ folder is perfect for sympathy cards. I rarely use matting and layering in the traditional form on my cards but love how clean this looks using just cream and black.
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I have used some of the left over butterflies from my main card on here, just adding a strip of ribbon and a sentiment to complete the card.
I hope you agree that these are all very versatile products and I have only just skimmed the surface of what you could create with them.
Thanks for popping by
Leanne x

 

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