July 17, 2016


I am sure that you recognize the background of this card as having been created with the Fluttering embossing folder (page 195). But, wait! Something's different!

By brayering ink, in this case, Mint Macaron, onto the embossing folder before running it through the Big Shot gives you an elegant look, not unlike the look of letterpress.

And by adhering the large butterfly diecut (Butterlies Thinlits, page 194) by his body only, and letting his beautiful wings tilt gently upward, you achieve the look of a butterfly having lightly landed and about to take off once again.

 I think the overall effect of the components of this card is one of gentle elegance.

Following I include a tutorial to remake this lovely -- sans stamping -- butterfly card on your own.

Whisper White cardstock
Soft Sky cardstock
Island Indigo cardstock
Crushed Curry cardstock (in this case, I used textured cardstock that I had in my stash)

Mint Macaron ink

Big Shot
Fluttering Embossing Folder
Butterflies Thinlits
Basic Pearl
Island Indigo Ribbon

After scoring at 5" on the Simply Scored tool, fold and crease well with a bone folder a 5" x 10" piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Ink up the brayer with Mint Macaron ink and gently brayer across the RAISED butterflies side of the Fluttering Embossing Folder. Get the butterflies as evenly inked as possible without letting the ink stray beyond the butterflies themselves. Use a gentle touch.

Run a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" piece of Soft Sky cardstock through the Big Shot inside the folder, making sure the paper is square inside the folder so the butterflies flutter in perfectly straight lines. When the embossed piece emerges, the butterflies should be green, while the background remains Soft Sky.

Lay a length of Island Indigo ribbon about 1 1/4" from the bottom of the butterfly piece, anchoring the ends of the ribbon to the back of the piece.

Adhere this to a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece of Island Indigo cardstock, then to the card base.

Cut a large butterfly using the Butterflies Thinlits from Crushed Curry cardstock. Add a large Basic Pearl to the center of his body.

Adhere the butterfly to the embossed piece with adhesive only on its body. Tip the wings gently upward for dimension and interest.

Because this card ends up being 5" square, you will want to create your envelope with the Envelope Punch Board (page 84), an indisposable tool that I turn to frequently.



  1. What a beautiful craft, Linda! Hope you have a great week :]

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  2. It is so cute! I really want to start doing paper crafts, but right now I don't have the right equipment right now (I really want to purchase a die cutter). Your card is so pretty though!

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    1. You would really LOVE a Big Shot! I wouldn't be able to live without mine. Let me know if I can help in any way -- I'd love to get you addicted to papercrafting!

  3. Butterflies are one of my favorite creatures, so this was right up my alley! Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful craft!

  4. Someone will be so honored to receive that card! It's beautiful!

  5. I have such a thing for butterflies so I just love this card. Pinned.

  6. I think this is beautiful!! Tweeted for I'm Katie Visiting from Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!
    Also, your newest follower :)

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  7. Oh this is just so pretty!

    I’d love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, and tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  8. Linda, This is a very beautiful card! Thanks so much for sharing with us each week at Brag About It! Pinned to share.

  9. Your work is so beautiful Linda and we love it when you join us each week at Celebrate Your Story.

  10. Love butterflies and this is so beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon Party,

  11. I love butterflies so this card is a total winner for me! It looks so delicate!

    Thanks so much for sharing over at #FridayFrivolity :)

  12. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW's DIY Party!

  13. Very pretty!
    Thanks from DIY-Crush.

  14. I really love how that butterfly just pops off the card!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 favorite things on Thursday! Pinned!

  15. Very pretty, I need to try braying my embossing folders!