Thursday, June 7, 2012

Tutorial - Butterfly Card

Here is the step by step instructions for the butterfly card I made for one of my Convention swaps this year.   You will notice that the colour changes part way through, from Calypso Coral to Island Indigo, this is mostly because I didn't think of doing a tutorial until part way through the process and by then had stamped and punched out all my butterflies in Island Indogo!  I found using the Vellum rather than card stock gave the butterfly's wings a softer look and let some of the light through.

  • 8.5 x 8.5cm piece of Vellum Card Stock
  • A5 Confetti White card stock
  • 10cm x 14.3cm Coloured card stock
  • 9.5cm x 13.8cm Very Vanilla card stock
  • Ink: Lucky Limeade, colour of choice to match coloured card stock, VersaMark
  • Stamps: Mixed Blossom, Loving Thoughts, Creative Elements
  • Other: Sizzlits Lots of Tags Die, Blossom Punch, Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Brayer, Embossing Buddy


  • Use your Brayer to cover some card stock weight Vellum with your desired colour.  If you are mass producing you can do this a sheet at a time. I found cutting widths of 8.5cm allowed me to emboss a few at a time.
  • Either use your Heat Tool to dry the ink, or leave it overnight to dry naturally.  

  • When the ink has dried turn the vellum over so the un-inked side is facing you.
  • Rub over the Vellum with the embossing buddy and then stamp the flower image onto the vellum using VersaMark ink.
  • Cover this with embossing powder and heat with the heat tool. You can see the image to the left is only partly heated at this point.

  •  Allow the embossing to cool and then punch out the stamped image with the Blossom Punch. I am totally in love with this punch at the moment, and with this particular image out of the Mixed Bunch set too!
  • Cut away two of the petals as you can see in this picture.  Save these off cuts as you can make another butterfly with them too (see below).

  • Stamp the flourish from the Creative Elements set on opposite corners of the Very Vanilla card stock.  You could use a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig for this, but I found that doing 50 or so I just did them by hand.
  • Stamp on the body of the butterfly - I used Early Espresso ink for this.
  • Adhere the Very Vanilla layer to the coloured card stock. Score and fold the A5 card stock in half to form the base of your card (not shown here) and then adhere the coloured layer to the front of the card.

  •  Attach the butterfly to the card using the 2-Way Glue down the centre of the butterfly so that the wings lift a little.
  • Cut out a frame for your sentiment and sponge the edges to match your card stock.
  • Depending on how good your 'eye' is you can add the sentiment with or without the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (I did use it for this step).
  • You can then adhere the sentiment to the card either with SNAIL or with a couple of Dimensionals.


Here is a Calypso Coral version with gold embossing, while I quite liked this I was really taken with the silver, especially on the darker Island Indigo.

Remember how I said not to throw away the spare petals?  This is the butterfly made using two lots of petals, I angled them slightly so that the space at the bottom was just a bit smaller than the space at the top.

And finally this is the card made with the 'off-cut' butterfly.  You can see that I have stepped it up by adding some ribbon, and if you look closely some rhinestones down the body of the butterfly.  I have also used the Word Window and Modern Label punch for the sentiment and added some mini brads. 

You could use any sentiment or punch shape on the card, I am a big believer in use what you have on hand!  If you don't have the butterfly body stamp you could draw the antenna on by hand or tie a piece of Bakers Twine around the middle of the butterfly and use the knot ends for antenna (wouldn't work so well with the off cut butterfly)

Happy Stamping


  1. I love the indigo also, It is really elegant.

    Thanks for the tutorial. I will use it at my next class.


    1. I am glad you found it useful Vicki, have fun at your class.


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