Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

H is for hexagons

H is for Hexagons is the theme over on Mrs A´s Butterfly Challenge blog this week, that´s hexagons and a butterfly of course. I was prompted to enter this challenge when I bought a new digi scrapbook kit  from Kimeric Kreations at Digichick called It´s a Guy Thing . When I buy a kit I like to download it straight away and unzip all the files, so I can look closely at all the items, and arrange them in folders as I like them, ready for when I want to use it. With this kit there was a folder called Graffiti and one of the elements in it was a patch of hexagons. So starting with that, and using other items from the elements folder and the matching alphabet, I built up a design in Photoshop, and then flattened all the layers and saved it as a jpg file. I rather liked the flower made from half of a zip fastener.

Next I used publisher to resize my image to fit twice onto an A4 sheet of paper, and printed it out.
I cut one of the prints to fit onto an A5 card, and the other to fit a 15cm square card. I made the base cards from some more sheets of the mottled turquoise card that I used in an earlier post.
I also had a new butterfly die that I wanted to try out. It is from Wild Rose studio, and I bought a large lacy butterfly from there a while ago that I am really pleased with, so when I saw they had a smaller one too, I decided to order it, and it arrived last week. So using a snippet of card from my box that matched the base card, I cut out the butterfly, and also drew around the outer edge of the die and cut this out. I covered it with wide, double sided sticky tape, and glued the two butterflies together, trimming the back layer to the same size as the fancy one. Then I rubbed a mixture of blue, green and aqua glitters over the lacey spaces to make a sparkly butterfly, which I added to my square card.

Occasionally at my Wednesday craft group, someone donates left over materials and bits and pieces, and recently I was given several packets of part-used embellishments. One of these had three layered flowers in it that exactly matched my colour scheme, so I used these to finish off the larger card, along with a shiny butterfly sticker from my stash.
So now I have two cards which I feel could equally be given to a woman or a man, and what´s more, I´ve actually used one of my digikits!  I am addicted to buying these kits. I just love the pretty papers and all the matching embellishments, but I am not so good about finding time to make the scrapbook pages with them. Perhaps, now I have done some cards, I might move on to a Lay Out.
In the meantime, I´ll link up with Mrs A´s Butterfly Challenge, and Pixie´s Snippets Playground.


Mrs A. said...

Kate your card is gorgeous. As soon as you mentioned Photoshop you lost me though. I am in awe of anybody whizzing around in there and producing such remarkable designs. I love the zip fastner flower. Butterfly is another new one to me. I can see I need to get my net out and go catching some speciemens!!. Thankyou for fluttering by my challenge#25. hugs Mrs A.

Veerle said...

Oh waauw Kate this is gorgeous.
Stunning creation. Hugs, Veerle xxx

Virginia said...

Oh i didn't know you did digi things Kate - loving this - looks fabulous!

Maxine D said...

What beautiful cards Kate - love your use of the digi kits!! The way you used the butterfly die is impressive!

Di said...

Absolutely gorgeous Kate! I do so admire how you play round with digital images so well.

And guess what, I have some packs of those zipper roses in the Playground toy box here - time to offer them as a prize I think :)


Di xx

Jean said...

I like these Kate, the colours and design are great. The sparkly butterfly is lovely.
Jean x

scrappymo! said...

Very nice cards...and I am impressed to read your post. You make it sound so easy to unzip and rearrange etc. I am always impressed by your technical knowledge!

SARN said...

Well I am a big fan of these 2 cards Kate. Your digi results are marvellous.

Hugs, Sarn xxx