a handmade card that celebrates the charm of butterflies and their seemingly effortless flight


3/3/20233 min read

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card base 5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

black card stock 5.5 x 4.25

pink card stock: 5.25 x 4

card face: 5 3/8 x 4 1/8

Card Face:

  • This card began - as so many of mine do! - as a background that I had created, and wanted to put to use. I used a stencil and three different inks to create the background - choosing these three specific colours allowed additional colours to be created where there was overlap, and the result was even more visual interest.

  • There is a lot of movement in the pattern created by the stencil, and I decided to use butterflies to take full advantage of that. This particular set of dies includes two layers and each cuts out one piece with all of the butterflies attached. I used the die that would cut the top layer to cut through the stenciled card face, while the second layer was cut out of black for contrast. At this point I realized that I needed another colour to peek through the openings in the wings, and chose a pink that co-ordinated with the ink I had used.

  • I felt that the card still needed more pop, so I cut a smallish black rectangle to frame the sentiment. I don't have a die that will cut this shape, so I used two layering dies. I simply taped them both onto a piece of black cardstock, ensuring equal spacing between the two all the way around. The result was too bulky for this card, so I brought in my trimmer and took a bit off of each side to get the version that was used.


  • I glued the black card stock to the card base.

    note: my card bases are typically white or cream. When I want a different coloured base (as I did here) I'll simply apply a layer in the appropriate colour, but will often cut a rectangle from the center or use a piece that has already had something cut out of it. I find this to be a more economical way to make cards.

  • I glued the pink cardstock to the back of the card face, ensuring that it was centered so that it could be seen through the die cut openings, but not around the perimeter.

  • Then I centered and glued these two newly created layers together.

  • I applied glue sparingly to the back of the black butterfly layer and carefully put it in place in the opening created by the die.

  • I applied glue sparingly to the top , stencilled layer and laid it in place over the black.

  • I played with placement for the narrow black rectangle, and in the end decided to put it on an angle with two ends extending beyond the borders of the card. Once the glue was completely dry, I trimmed the ends so they were even with outer borders of the card.

  • I selected a sentiment from my stash which was heat embossed in gold , put some dimensional tape on the back and put it in place on the card front.

Final thoughts: There is a lot going on on this card ! If I'm honest, a little more than I'm comfortable with between the intricate die cuts and the stenciled pattern.. A simpler die would have gotten away from this, however, I do love the butterflies on this background as those "swooshes" suggest air currents and flight, and the dots suggest (to me, at least) bits of pollen or even fairy dust being wafted along.


Stencil: Zebra Dots, A Colorful Life Design

ink: dye based ink, Stampin' Up!

blending brushes, Stampin' Up!

dies: retired. Substitute something from your stash!

adhesive: Tombo Aqua, Amazon

dimensional tape: Dollarama

black card stock, Stampin' Up!

pink card stock, Stampin' Up

versamark, Stampin' Up!

gold embossing powder: Stampin' Up!

card base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

card face: Accent 80 lb., Amazon

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