September 25, 2013


Here is a way of making the best of a negative situation. Use it for stenciling!

Usually when you're using Bigz in the Big Shot, you are planning to use the piece you cut out. Right? Well, I did just the opposite for this card.

I used the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die and cut the largest whole butterfly from a piece of quilting template plastic. The negative space that remained after I cut out my butterfly was then used as a stencil to create the large yellow butterfly.

After the butterfly was stenciled onto Whisper White cardstock, I ran it through the Big Shot once more inside an embossing folder to give it beautiful texture.

The orange butterfly, stamped with  an image from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set and punched out with the Elegant Butterfly punch was then added to the center of the yellow butterfly.

Would you like to give this card a try?

Papillon Potpourri stamp set

Calypso Coral cardstock
Whisper White cardstock

Black StazOn ink
Daffodil Delight ink

Big Shot
Stencil made from the Beautiful Wings Bigz die
Elegant Butterfly Punch
Stamping Sponge
Basic Pearl
Stampin' Dimensionals
Embossing Folder of choice

Fold a 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" sheet of Calypso Coral cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

Using blue painters tape, attach the butterfly stencil in place on a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock. Use a Stampin' Sponge to sponge within the stencil, leaving the center mostly white. Carefully remove the tape from the paper.

Run the white piece through the Big Shot inside your choice of Embossing Folder.

Sponge all the edges with Calypso Coral ink. Adhere this piece to the card front.

On a scrap of Calypso Coral cardstock, stamp the butterfly in Black StazOn ink. Punch it out with the Elegant Butterfly Punch. Add it to the center of the stenciled butterfly with a Stampin' Dimensional on the back of the punched butterfly.

Add a Basic Pearl to the butterfly.



  1. Linda, this is truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us at our Thursdays Favorite Things Blog Hop.

  2. Hi Linda,
    Popping by from Thursday blog hop.
    I love your site and am now following.
    This card is absolutely beautiful.
    Thank you.
    Love and best wishes.

  3. WOW, that is so beautiful. Sending your link to my BF. She loves butterflies.

    Thanks for sharing


  4. This is a beautiful card and I loved learning how to make it.

  5. This is very beautiful! I am a huge fan of butterflies!

  6. Linda Linda Linda!!!!
    So happy to be back blogging and getting to see your wonderful cards and unique creations!! LOVELY job on this butterfly! Thanks so much for joining the party!!

  7. That is very pretty! I love the embossed papa er.....
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  8. Linda, I just hopped over from Angel's and Angie's Linky Blog Climb. Love your Butterfly technique. Looks awesome. I may have to scraplift this one for a scrapbook page. Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower as of today. Will surely be back to get more inspiration. I am in the middle of some transitions at our home and hope to be back blogging regularly in a week or so. Feel free to hop over and take a peek and browse around. Once again, Thanks for sharing.
    S`andra V. ~

  9. This is such a cute card! I really need to get back to crafting a bit more but with 5 creativity is definitely not where it used to be. I consider its creative to get my hair washed before noon :) Thank you so much for linking up to the Friday Follow Along! I am definitely following to stay inspired! I hope you will linkup this week!