April 8, 2023


Even though pretty much of everything used in this card is retired, since we finally have some springlike weather coming up in our forecast, and that means that butterflies will be around in a bit, I thought I would share a tutorial on how to make this happy sparkly butterfly card.

I really like the way the whole card is built upon layers of circles, right down to the shape of the card itself. 

Don't you just LOVE the sparkly butterfly wings!?

Read on to find out how to make a sparkly winged butterfly for yourself!

Pear Pizzazz cardstock
White cardstock
Black cardstock
Designer Series Paper that will coordinate with the color of your butterfly

Die cutting/embossing machine
Butterfly thinlits
Layering Circles dies (page 172, Annual Catalog)
Packing Tape
Glitter of your choice
Metallic gold thread
Fluttering embossing folder
Silicone Craft Sheet (page 127, Annual Catalog)

Fold a 5" x 10" piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

Using the large scalloped circle die, you will be cutting your card base. Lay the folded edge close to one of the edges of the die, moving it just a smidge into the die, so that the top three or so scallops will not be cut. This will form the hinge on your card.

Run this folded card base through your embossing machine inside the Fluttering embossing folder, keeping the card folded. This way, the embossed butterflies will show up on every portion of the card.

Using the circles dies, cut two white circles just a bit smaller than the card base, one black circle, in the next smaller size; and a smaller circle out of Designer Series Paper. All of these circles can be adhered to the card base at any time. Oh, the second white circle goes inside the card; writing on embossing is not fun.

From black cardstock, use the butterfly die to cur a butterfly.

Lay the butterfly upside down on top of the silicone mat. Attach packing tape to the back of the butterfly. One strip doesn't quite fit the butterfly; you will have to add a bit extra. This won't matter because it won't show.

Carefully cut the tape off, following as closely as possible the edges of the butterfly. If done properly,, the only sticky portions will be within the butterfly itself.

Lay the butterfly, sticky side up, on a piece of folded up paper. Choose your favorite color of glitter and sprinkle the glitter over the butterfly. Press the glitter well into the packing tape. Yes, you will get glittery, but there is water in the bathroom. Tap the excess glitter back onto the folded sheet of paper, then funnel it back into its container. Close the container. Have you ever spilled glitter? Eeeeuuuw.

Put a bit of adhesive on the back of the butterfly, and loop the gold cord back and forth three times so the loops extend beyond the butterfly, catching the cord on the tape with each pass. 

With one Stampin' Dimensionals, attach the butterfly to the DSP circle, gently lifting the wings into a "ready to take off: position.

Butterflies are self-propelled flowers.
- Robert A. Heinlein -




  1. This is such a beautiful card!

  2. Very pretty - of course your cards are always a work of art!
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2023/04/beautiful-quilts.html

  3. Stunning!


  4. Butterflies always make me smile when I see them. Your work always looks like it came from Hallmark. Love your ideas and inspirations!

    1. Omigosh, Cara! Can I carry you around in my pocket? You say the most wonderful things! Thank you!

  5. This butterfly card features such beautiful colors, textures, and patterns. I really like the unusual shape, too. Thank you for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 60.

    1. Thanks, Carol! Thanks also for letting me join your party each week!

  6. Linda, this is gorgeous.
    Visiting today from Grace At Home #116&117