June 6, 2015


Would you like to learn how to create one (or MANY!) of the easiest -- and cutest! -- cards you will have ever made in your life?

The card below, in red and white, is the sample I used at my last Stamp-In Workshop for my girls to work from:

While I love the card in the red and white, I wanted to prove to all of you how quick and easy it is to create several at one time. So I went to work and was able to make the next three in about 25 minutes. And that includes choosing the papers and doing the die cutting.

One of the greatest aspects of these cards is that it is such a charming way to use up some of those small scraps of Designer Series Paper you couldn't bring yourself to throw away.

I also discovered in making these four cards total is that they look equally wonderful no matter which of our darling embossing folders you use:

The mere existence -- and possession of -- the Butterflies Thinlits, the Hello You Thinlits, an assortment of Stampin' Up! embossing folders and, of course, a BIG SHOT!,  makes it possible to create a whole horde of these darling cards:

And, here's how to do it:

Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Butterflies Thinlits
Hello You Thinlits
choice of embossing folder(s)
scraps of DSP
Whisper White cardstock (for a beautifully crisp-looking card)
My favorite green glue

Fold a half sheet of Whisper White cardstock in half, creasing well with a bone folder.

Using the Magnetic Platform, lay the middle-sized butterfly onto a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White cardstock, centering it exactly where you want it to appear on your final card. Run it through the Big Shot. (I do add a sheet of cheapo dryer sheets under my paper when cutting out these butterflies. Experiment with your Big Shot to discover what to use so the little pieces release as easily as possible.) 

Place the piece with the butterfly-shaped hole inside your embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot. NOTE: If you do the embossing first, rather than cut out the butterfly, your embossing will get flattened running it through the second time. So, always cut the butterfly before embossing the piece.

Select a piece of DSP large enough to fit behind the butterfly hole, but smaller than the cardstock so it doesn't stick out. Adhere the DSP behind the butterfly. I usually just draw a line of the green glue around the backside of the cut-out butterfly, then plop the DSP in place. 

Reattach the butterfly into its hole, but only secure it in place with green glue along the body. Gently tilt the wings upward.

With a piece of cardstock that matches your chosen DSP, create your word with the Hello You Thinlits.

Use tiny tiny drops of green glue to adhere your word in place on the lower portion of the embossed sheet.

Adhere this completed piece to your card front. 



  1. Hi Linda, love your card and thank you for sharing the tutorial to create one or many. You are very talented. I am visiting from J&J and so enjoyed my visit and your newest follower. Have a great day.

  2. Wow Linda, what pretty cards you created! Thanks for sharing this tutorial at Cooking & Crafting with J&J link up party this week!

  3. I love your cards. All the colors are so pretty.

  4. Oh my gosh...such a pretty card! Love it!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J &J!

  5. Your butterfly card is marvelous!!! Love all the variations!!!
    Hope you can join us on OMHG WW this week!

    Have a great day!

  6. Those look absolutely beautiful... :)
    Stop by and check out my latest blog post about my trip to New Mexico: http://www.feedmedearly.com/2015/06/08/truth-or-consequences-new-mexico/

  7. Thank you very much for joining in and making our Bowdabra Crafty Saturday Showcase, we look forward to seeing your post next Saturday.

    Warm Regards,
    The Bowdabra Team

  8. Such a pretty card! I would actually hate to give it away. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

  9. What a pretty card! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party!! Hope to see you again this week!! Love having you!! Pinned!!!

  10. Linda, I'm in love with these butterfly cards! I'm going to feature them on my blog! Thank you for linking up with the Handmade Café link party.

  11. So simple and perfect! Thank you for this idea :)

  12. I love the white on white with just the colorful paper behind the butterfly, and the embossing looks great! Thank you for sharing the details and tip about die-cutting first, embossing afterward. Daria

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  14. Linda! I see these posts are from many years ago, but your butterfly card is still very popular! Of all the cards I make, yours is the most requested!!! Thank you for posting this.
    I am a grateful fan! My Best! Susan