Craftwork Cards Blog

Mary Loves Rainbows Too!

Good morning everyone. I have some wonderful news to share with you all today – Mary Gillingham will now have a regular tutorial based blogspot! As you know, Mary is a guest presenter for Craftwork Cards on Create and Craft TV and we’re lucky enough that she’s also agreed to wow us all with her amazing designs – how exciting is that! Mary will be posting as herself shortly but until then I’m happy to lend a hand.

Hi Everyone!

Wow – did many people see Julie’s shows on Sunday? Weren’t the sets looking fabulous?! There were many amazing samples from the design team – a studio full of rainbows! I have just loved this month’s Julie Loves kit, not only because of the amazing project kit on Create and Craft but also the start of the Julie Loves Creativity Box monthly subscription!

I wanted to share with you some of the cards I made for Julie’s show and talk you through how I made some of them – I hope you enjoy!

Take a 5×5 square card and stamp splats on the inside in different rainbow colours. Then draw double pen lines all around the edges.

Cut 2 squares of the rainbow butterfly paper just short of 5” square so they will leave a small white border and adhere each one to the front and back of your card.

Select a sentiment and separate the frame from the sentiment. Adhere the frame directly to the front of your card and using 3d foam adhere the sentiment within the frame so it looks set forward from the frame.

Then the fun part! I have used 8 rainbow butterflies. It doesn’t matter about the colours but make sure they’re all the same size. Fold each butterfly in half along the body. Glue the back of one wing to the back of a wing on another until all 8 are attached together and they look like a small book! Glue the white front cover of the butterfly book to the inside front cover of your card. Glue the white back cover of your butterfly book to the inside back cover of your card.
If you allow a short time for the glue to take hold, you can then open and close your card to see the butterflies all open as you open your card!

You could try this technique for hearts or flowers for a different look – so long as the shapes are symmetrical it will work – have a go!

The second card I want to share with you is this card made using a Reveal It matt:
I used Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Pens, selected rainbow colours and coloured over the rose images roughly then buffed off the excess with kitchen towel. This brings up the white shiny lines of the images. I then took a black brush pen and coloured in the blank space between the flowers. This really makes the colours pop. To make the colours pop even more I layered the Reveal It on black card and onto a white card blank.

Here’s some more of my cards with this kit:

If you cut out some hexagons and cut diagonally from point to point, like an X shape across it, you will end up with two perfect diamonds and 2 triangles. I like to use these to make patterns with papers.

I’ve use a set of nesting circles dies with the different papers in the kit to create a rainbow!

There are so many wonderful samples with the Julie Loves Rainbows kit over on our Pinterest Board so be sure to check that out. There you’ll find inspiration and rainbows in abundance! I enjoyed making cards with this kit so much so that I went on to subscribe to the Julies Loves Creativity Box monthly subscription for 6 months!
It would be wonderful to see your makes on social media so please share with us!!
Take care and happy crafting!


Blog by Mary Gillingham



  1. Debbie Moran

    3rd May 2017 - 3:58 pm

    Excellent News, Well Done Mary. DebbieXx

  2. Elisabeth Hogarth

    5th May 2017 - 6:10 am

    Its great to see how you create your fabulous cards. ❤️

  3. Jane Lee

    5th May 2017 - 9:24 am

    Great cards that really inspire me and thank you for the pop up butterfly tutorial, such an effective idea xx

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