Clue #1: My employer called me at 5:33am.
Clue #2: I did a happy dance at 5:34am.
Clue #3: I'm still in my pajamas at 3:58pm. (Don't judge. They happen to be very warm and comfy.)
This surprise COLD day meant that I had plenty of time to clean the apartment, catch up on grading, and read for my grad classes. And I did do some of that...but I also made this paper butterfly shadowbox:
This is yet another Cricut and Sure Cuts a Lot project. The software for SCAL makes it so easy to cut out any. shape. you. want. without buying an expensive Cricut cartridge. I could even cut out the shapes in this picture:
But I don't know why I would want to do that. So I won't.
For the shadowbox, I found a free vector image of a butterfly, traced it with SCAL, then cut out nine winged beauties in different coordinating papers.
|These colors are the real colors--this was the only picture taken in actual daylight.|
I inked the edges of the butterflies with leftover ink from this gratitude project to give the edges a slightly more textured and dimensional look. It helps the wings pop a little more on the white background.
Then all I had to do was arrange them in a way that looked right, attach them to the white background (I used this rare adhesive product called Scotch tape), and fold up the wings to make them 3D.
I like that no butterflies were harmed in the making of this project. :)