I'm all a-Flutter

at your big news!


7/12/20232 min read

Would you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencil 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.)

I love creating my own backgrounds, and have quite a collection to use "someday". The original background here was a gel print that I liked, but couldn't quite see how I wanted to use it. A few days ago I decided to have a play with some foils, and this was one of the pieces I pulled out to use ... after that things kind of fell into place.

Letโ€™s Get Started:

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

Card Face: 5.25 x 4

A piece of white cardstock for the butterfly

Small Scrap of Cardstock for Sentiment

Card Face:

  • I secured the stencil to the (gel print) card face with Mint Tape.

  • I applied Duo gel through the stencil, concentrating on the left hand side of the card face and being deliberately "patchy" with the application.

  • I removed the stencil carefully, so as not to smudge the outline. Then I put the piece aside to dry. When dry this becomes a very sticky adhesive, perfect for transfer foil.

    (in this case it sat overnight, but these can typically be used in a couple of hours or even less)

  • I laid a piece of plum transfer foil onto the adhesive and ran it through the Big Shot . (this step in the process is simply to create a firm pressure to ensure that the foil is stuck to the adhesive.)

    Now time for the big reveal .... would I like it?

  • I pulled off the foil sheet, and I quite liked the combination of foil and gel print!


  • I die cut a large butterfly out of white cardstock.

  • I knew I wanted a tiny, horizontal sentiment , and I found one in my "ready and waiting" binder.


  • I positioned the butterfly so most of it was on the card face ... there was just the tiniest edge of both of the wings extending on the right hand side. I glued this down, and when it was dry I trimmed the butterfly flush with the right hand side of the card face.

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

  • I glued the sentiment in place across the body of the butterly.

Final thoughts:

This card was one big experiment, but I'm happy with the result. The pattern created by the stencil is so very pretty, and there is such a gorgeous shine to the foil that I didn't feel it needed anything further. No embellishments on this one.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

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

Stencil: streamers, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: Many Messages, Stampin' Up! (retired)

Butterfly Die: Watercolor Wings, Stampin' Up! (retired)

Mint Tape: Scrapbook.com

Duo Gel: Scrapbook.com

Transfer Foil: Deco by Thermoweb: Scrapbook.com

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua Michaels

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Card Face: Accent 120 lb., Amazon

Elevate Your Cardmaking with Innovative Techniques and Design Styles