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Butterfly Cage

I cut a square of Gutter Guard the same size as the base and edged each side with construction strips. At the corners I stuck some construction strip, the same length as the straight edge of the frame. These bits of strip need to have one piece tape on the side that is going to be stuck to the frame and the second bit on the other side.

Butterfly Cage

I made this for my mother-in-law's brithday card this year. It's inspired by a birdhouse made by Shelly Hickox. It's made from chipboard cut with Sizzix Bigz dies.

Materials- Chipboard, Acrylic paint (black and colours of your choice – I used turquoise and warm white over crackle medium) Distress Inks and stains, Gutter Guard mesh, Black cardstock, Wooden beads (for the feet)Embellishments of your choice - e.g Faux flowers, birds etc

I cut four frames out of chipboard using the SIzzix Alterations Cameo Frame die and the largest of the oval Movers & Shapers. I gave them a coat of turquoise paint, crackle glaze and warm white paint (with black soot distress ink blended here and there on top to age it) on one side and, because the inside of the cage is going to be visible, I painted the inside black. I also coloured the beads for the feet to tone in.

I edged the apertures with a touch of Metallic Distress Stain in Brushed Pewter to highlight them a bit. I also cut a square of chipboard for the base (also painted black on one side). The base I cut just smaller than the width of the frame. I cut three more frames out of thin black card to line the inside.

While I had the cutter out I cut a piece of A4 card into 1-inch wide strips, scored them down the middle, and applied quarter-inch wide Template Tape to either side. The construction strips are what will hold the frame together. The tape has to be on the same face of the strip (that is, both pieces on the edge that will be stuck down to the frame)

Using the construction strips, I butted the four chipboard frames together in a line, measuring strips the same length as the frame and cutting the ends at an angle of about 45 degrees. For now, I left the last construction strip attached to one frame only.

I put construction strips all along the straight part of the lower edges. These bits of strip need to have one piece tape on the side that is going to be stuck to the frame and the second bit on the other side.

I cut the Gutter Guard to fit the apertures, allowing a bit extra around the edges. I glued it on with hot glue, which didn’t look very pretty, so I covered the back with the black card frames to hide the messy glue (the panel in the middle of the picture has been lined with the card) Once it was all set firmly I joined the last frame to the first to create the sides of the cage.

Stick the base into the cage with the construction strips. I added a bead of glue around the edge to help secure it.Do the same with the mesh for the roof of the cage, curving it slightly to follow the shape of the frame.

Stick the base into the cage with the construction strips. I added a bead of glue around the edge to help secure it.Do the same with the mesh for the roof of the cage, curving it slightly to follow the shape of the frame.Finally, glue on the wooden beads (I used hot glue) for the feet and embellish with whatever makes you happy!