Just a Note…
I used three of my favorite colors to create this bright butterfly card – Melon Mambo (pink), Tempting Turquoise (blue), and Rich Razzleberry (purple). I love how it came out! And this card is so much easier than it looks – easy enough for my card class, even the beginners. All you need is black and white cardstock, some sort of background stamp(s), some brightly colored ink, and a detailed butterfly die or punch.
The background was super easy-peasy. I used three different stamps from the Timeless Textures set, but there are all sorts of stamps that would work for this. I love stamp sets like this one because you really can’t mess it up. Each background is going to be unique, and I think that’s awesome! More busy, less busy, a single image, a full background stamp – they would all look good here. My only suggestion would be to stick with the same ink colors you’ll be using for your butterfly.
I must confess that this started out as an experiment, copying the glitter/packing-tape technique I found on Pinterest. While I was able to produce a gorgeous butterfly, I wasn’t so sure about using this for a class. Let’s just say that this early in my teaching experience, I’m not quite ready to face a room full of unpredictable crafters and a bunch of loose glitter, LOL. So, I actually experimented with several different methods, and this one was the winner.
I started with a butterfly, die-cut from a piece of black cardstock, and a piece of plain white cardstock cut just slightly larger overall than the butterfly. Then, I pulled out my ink and some sponge wedges, and I just pounced on tons of color, onto that white cardstock, until I had something that looked like this:
I know it doesn’t look like much now, but when you layer the butterfly image on top… WOW! Now I found that I liked the look I got from sort of just pouncing the color on, but others did more of a rubbing technique, and it looked lovely, too. And some preferred a softer look, and used less ink – also lovely. I also just went for stripes, to get a fairly even mix of color – but I’d like to try this again with a more random, splotchy look.
Finishing the Butterfly:
Once you have enough color on your piece of paper, you can glue your black butterfly on top, just making sure that it doesn’t extend past the edges of the colorful paper. A fine-tip glue pen will work, or any liquid glue just carefully dotted on the back of the butterfly should hold it. Give the glue just a moment to dry, and then simply cut around the butterfly to remove the excess colorful paper. I intentionally chose a butterfly design that is pretty rounded, and not that challenging to cut around. However, if you find you’re having trouble cutting around some of the tighter corners, you could take a black brush-tip marker around the edge, and I imagine that it would make any missed areas virtually disappear.
Putting it All Together:
To finish off the card, I just used some snail adhesive to attach the background piece to a black card-base. For the sentiment, I used a small scrap of white cardstock, matted with black, and adhered with some dimensionals. And for the beautiful winged creation, I used a couple of glue dots just on the body of the butterfly, so I could “puff up” the wings a bit, and give him some dimension. Here’s one more view:
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