A couple of years ago I was in a gift shop and saw a set of note cards that really caught my eye. On the front of each card was a quilt design. The designs all had pieces that looked just like a piece of quilting fabric might look. Of course I thought, "Why buy these? I can make my own!"
As we all know, that's easier said than done. Nonetheless I tried it out using Stampin' Up! products and came up with several designs that I shared with you, and I made my own box of quilt designed cards. You can click here to see that set, and just use the search function down at the left to search for "quilt" to find many more..
Anyway, up came today's Stampin' Up! Only Challenge theme, which is "Cards Without Words," and those quilt cards came right back to my mind. I love having a few cards around that can be for just about any occasion, and quilt patterns are perfect for that.
I'm sure you recognize this paper as being from the Stampin' Up! Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack. I had never looked at that set as having the possibility of being in quilt designs. But now that I've looked more closely, I think I can see some more in the future!
As with so many of the quilt designs I've seen, I haven't a clue about what this pattern is called or even how to go about looking it up. It certainly has a Pinwheel around the center – or maybe not! But whatever it is, it was fun to make. With a pattern like this, I just go ahead and make a square card so that there's an even set of mats all around. I also like to texturize quilt block cards just to give the impression of some quilting over that paper piecing. For this card I used the brand new Fluttering Textured Impression Embossing Folder from Stampin' Up!
The colors in the butterfly patterned paper, besides the Basic Black Background are Old Olive, Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral, and Pacific Point. I decided to pick up the last three colors in the matting. The central square in the project is a Calypso Coral pattern, and is, in fact, the opposite side of the Butterfly pattern in the Paper Stack.
For the small butterfly in the center, after much trial and error with stamped and non-stamped images, I decided on a plain Whisper White butterfly, topped off with a Calypso Coral Candy Dot.
The squares are about 1-3/8" square. I trimmed the layer 1/16" all around to make the square design 4". The mats are 4-1/4, 4-1/2, and 4-5/8. I just wanted a sliver of white showing around the card. So I made the card base of Whisper White Thick Cardstock a 4-3/4" card.
I hope you find this to be a fun design and maybe even make one yourself! But whether you make this or another design, try making a card without words and entering it in the SUO Challenge! It is open until 6 am Eastern Time on August 29, 2015.