Butterflies are bits of everyday magic

magic is everywhere, if we can just see it


2/21/20242 min read


Would you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencils I used from A Colorful Life Designs.  Follow the link and use discount code ChrisFan10 to save 10% on your entire order! (Master Creator Bundles are excluded as they already have a 20% discount built in.)

Let’s get started:-

Card Base: 5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Card Face:  5.25 x 4

Scrap of white cardstock for small butterflies

A narrow strip of gold cardstock - 4 x .25”

Card Face:

  • I placed the card face on my Grip Mat,  and positioned the leafy stencil (deliberately off-center).

  • I used a medium purple ink and applied it very specifically:  I started in the upper left and worked down and out, fading away to nothing.  I repeated this process until I built up the intensity that I wanted.

  • Removing the stencil, I filled in some of the open areas with a scripty stamp, varying the angle of the stamp each time but using the same ink.

  • I put the butterfly stencil in place, positioning the arc of the butterflies to start on the bottom right and move up towards the left -center.

  • I pressed Versamark embossing ink through the stencil, carefully inking each butterfly..

  • Removing the stencil and the card face from the Grip mat I sprinkled

the card face with gold embossing powder and set it with the heat gun.    

  • I used a soft hand to apply ink to all four edges,  and then I ran each edge over the ink 

pad to create a very fine, dark line.       



  • I  used a die to cut a shape out of cardstock,  and then brushed purple ink on until it was as saturated as the upper left. 

  • I used an old thinlet  (I don’t even know the name of it as  It was given to me)  to cut out the three small butterflies.

  • I used a #0 shading brush to gently add ink to the textured surfaces of the butterflies.


  • I glued the card face to the card base, centering carefully.

  • I added the narrow gold strip across the center of the card.

  • I added the die-cut shape, positioning as shown, and then added the butterflies.

Final Thoughts

My designs are usually pretty straightforward, but I like the multi-layered effect that this card has.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

   I have listed which products I have used, and where they may be purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances, there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.


    Tulip Frame:  A Colorful Life Designs

   Butterfly Flight, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: Scripty, Michaels (retired)

Stamp Positioner: Misti, Spellbinders

Waffle Flower Grip Mat, 8.5 x 6.5, Scrapbook.com

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up! 

Shading Brush #0: Waffle Flower,Simon Says Stamp

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Card Base & Card Face: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

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