Monday 2 July 2012

Butterflies Flutter By

It was my birthday recently and I treated myself to a few bits and pieces. One of them was Tim Holtz' amazing butterfly die.

"Butterflies Flutter By"

A triple stepper card shows it off beautifully. To leave enough room on the centre panel, the side panels are cut to 3cm wide rather than my usual 5cm. The base is made from grey card and edged with gold aquamarker. Panels of patterned paper are cut to size and edged with distress ink before gluing in place with PVA.

"Butterfly and Flowers"

The butterfly and flowers are diecut from foamboard and decorated in distress stickles and patterned papers. The central portion of the butterfly has patterned paper added on top and is decorated with a thick layer of glossy accents. This is left to dry completely before adhering to the card.


The edges of all the foamboard diecut pieces are painted with gold aquamarker.

"Finished Card"

Smaller versions of the flowers and butterflies are added to the side panels.

Sizzix Bigz Tim Holtz Fanciful Flight, Tattered Florals
Marianne Creatables Butterflies
Graphic45 Tropical Travelogue 8" x 8" paper pad
black foamboard
cardstock: grey 300gsm
gold aquamarker
Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
adhesives: PVA, glossy accents, Pinflair

When I saw Simon Says Stamp and Show's theme this week I had to show you this second version of the butterfly card made using Dyan's Dylusion Sprays:

"What a difference the colour makes"

Where the first version is grungy, the second hits you right between the eyes! The basic construction is the same, but this time the card for the butterfly starts out white and is decorated by spraying with a variety of dylusions inks and leaving to dry completely before diecutting and assembling the pieces onto black foamboard diecut backing.The central portion is again decorated with glossy accents, and smaller butterflies are diecut from scrap pieces of the ink-sprayed card.


The flowers & foliage are diecut from scraps of matching patterned papers, the edges inked with distress inks, and then assembled with brads before attaching to the card with Pinflair.

Some extra shaping on the petals makes this rose more realistic.

Sizzix Bigz Tim Holtz Fanciful Flight
Marianne Creatables Butterflies
Spellbinders: Carnation Creations, Rose Creations, Foliage
Graphic45 8" x 8" paper pads: Tropical Travelogue, Le Cirque
black foamboard
cardstock: grey 300gsm, white 160gsm
gold aquamarker
brads: orange, blue
Distress inks: Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade, Chipped Sapphire
Dylusions Spray Inks: Postbox Red, Pure Sunshine
adhesives: PVA, glossy accents, Pinflair

Entered for the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Spritz, Spray or Stencil
Joanna Sheen - Summer Daze
Penny Black at Allsorts - Summer Blooms
Allsorts - In Bloom
Crafty Cardmakers - Make Your Own Flowers
Lawnscaping - Use Dimension
Crafty Bloggers Network - Anything Goes


  1. WOW!!! Amazing cards, the colours and designs are wonderful and the butterflies are stunning

    Hugs Sue

  2. A card full of summer blooms and a gorgeous butterfly. So pretty and I love your own made flowers.
    Thank you for joining us at Penny Black and More this month and good luck in our prize draw.


  3. These are both really gorgeous - the second butterfly in particular! M x

  4. What an eye catching creation and super use of your new Timmy dies.

    Thanks for joining in our 'Summer Blooms' theme at Penny Black and More this month. And also our In Bloom theme at Allsorts this week.

    B x

  5. Another fabulous make - love the shape and thr butterfly is stunning.
    Thanks again for playing along with us at Allsorts this time.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  6. This is just fantastic! The butterfly is absolutely eye catching! I love this.

    Thanks so much for joining us at Lawnscaping.

  7. Wow these are amazing Maddy and your flowers are stunning too. Lee x

  8. Both of these are so gorgeous! I just love the depth of color and contrast. The Simon Says Stamp & Show design team thanks you for participating in this week's challenge! - Ashli

  9. Love them both - the flowers are gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers!! Cxx

  10. This is one stunning die & a super stunning card!!! Thanx so much for taking part with us at Crafty Bloggers Network :D

    Ger xxx
    CBN DT

  11. What stunning cards and your right what a difference colours makes, those Dylusions inks are scrummy . Two beautifully crafted cards and perfect for our challenge at Crafty cardmakers .thank you for sharing.


  12. wowwwww, these cards are just amazing

  13. WOW!!! What an amazing card! LOVE your take on our Dimensions challenge at Lawnscaping! Hugs, Karin

  14. really, really elegant! Thank you so much for entering our flower challenge at Allsorts and good luck!

  15. Wow, this looks stunning! :) Beautiful card!

    Thanks so much for joining us at the Joanna Sheen Challenge! :)



  16. absolutely wonderful!!

    Thanks for joining us at Lawnscaping challenge!

  17. wow this is really really pretty, very cool design :-)

    xo, Kristina
    Sharing bloggy love from SSS challenge
    Come by and see me sometime!

  18. Lovely layering and dimention! Just beautiful!

  19. Fabulous cards! Love how you used the butterfly die and all the flowers are stunning. Thank you for playing along at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  20. Lovely cards ! I like how you've used the two different colourways, both are really effective x

  21. Beautiful cards, love the blooms and the floral paper is just perfect. Hope you are keeping well, thank you for joining in the fun at Penny Black and More @ Allsorts and good luck x Susan x

  22. Love the flutterbye, flowers and colour. Belated Happy Birthday Maddie Love Kathy xx


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