Layered Butterflies Card

Layered Butterflies Card

Hello crafty friends.  Today I am sharing how to make this layered butterflies card.  This card can be used for most occasions.  I made mine a birthday card, but it could be a thank you, hello, sympathy, thinking of you, get well, congratulations, or Mother’s Day card.  A sentiment could easily be added to the front if you would like.  I chose to leave it off so the recipient could frame it as an art piece if they wanted.

Layered butterflies card surrounded with supplies and envelope

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Supplies Used / Substitutions: 

Supplies used to make the layered butterflies card

Making the card base

First, I took an 8½” x 11″ piece of white cardstock and cut it in half, giving me two 8½” x 5½”pieces.  Then I folded one of them in half, which gave me a standard A-2 card size of 4¼” x 5½”.  This is the base of my card, but you can make your card whatever size you want.

Inking the Background

Next I took the watercolor paper and trimmed it to 4″ x 5¼”. Now it’s time for some inking.  I spritzed the watercolor paper with some water and then sprayed it with some Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains.  I used tumbled glass and prize ribbon, but feel free to use whatever colors you want.  Then I dried my first layer with a heat tool.  You can let it air dry if you don’t have a heat tool.

For the next layer, I sprayed the spray stains on my craft mat and added some spritzes of water too.  I made a print for my second layer and dried it.  Then I repeated this process until it was the way I wanted.  I also dripped and flicked some water on it.  Waited a bit, then dabbed it off for that extra distressed effect.  You can also do this whole inking process with Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads if you don’t have the spray stains.

When the inked background was completely dry I spritzed the back of it with water and put it into the Sizzix Swirls 3D embossing folder.  The water helps soften the fibers of the paper so it doesn’t crack.  Then I ran it through the Sizzix Big Shot three times.  Remember, 3D = 3 times (it makes for a deeper and crisper impression.)  When it was dry I glued it to the front of my card base with distress collage medium and set something heavy (my big shot platform) on it to dry.

Inked background for the layered butterflies card

Triangular Diamond

Next I took the triangle die from the Geo Frames Tim Holtz Sizzix thinlits set.  I cut it twice from the Tim Holtz idea-ology Metallic Kraft Stock in silver.  I used the washi tape to tape the die in place to the paper so it doesn’t shift while going through the big shot.

Geo frames thinlits packagingDiamond triangle

Then I took the two triangles, turned one to point upward and the other to point downward and glued them together along the red line.  Next I glued the triangle diamond to the center of the front of the layered butterflies card base.

Creating the Butterflies

For the butterflies, I used the top two from the Scribbly Butterflies Sizzix die set.  I cut two small pieces of watercolor paper for each of the butterflies.  Then I misted the paper with some water and sprayed the larger piece with Distress Spray Stain in the shade prize ribbon and the smaller one with salvage patina.  I dried them with my Ranger Heat It craft tool. You can let them air dry if you don’t have a heat tool.  Then I sprayed some prize ribbon on the craft sheet of my glass media mat and made a print. I dried it and repeated the process until I was happy with it.  I did the exact same to the smaller one with the salvaged patina.

Inked butterflies

When the paper was completely dry I taped the small butterfly to the salvaged patina inked cardstock with washi tape. Then I taped the larger butterfly to the prize ribbon cardstock and ran them through the Big Shot.  I poked out all the negative pieces with my craft pick and trimmed off the antennae of the small butterfly.  I also cut the bigger butterfly from white cardstock and trimmed off its antennae.

Scribbly butterflies packaging

Putting It All Together

Next I put some collage medium on the back center part of the bigger blue butterfly and glued it on top of the white butterfly.  Then I did the same with the small teal butterfly and glued it on top of the bigger blue butterfly.  Next I put collage medium on the back side, down the center body of the butterfly, and glued it to the center of the card.  Lastly, I bent the wings up for a bit of extra dimension.

layered butterflies card closeup

Layered Butterflies Card Complete!

Congratulations your layered butterflies card is now complete!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have as much fun making it as I did.  If you do make this card use the #grovecrafted on Instagram.  I’d love to see it!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found some new inspiration to create.

Layered butterflies card surounded by supplies

The butterfly stamp used on the envelope is from the Tim Holtz Flourish and Latticework set by Stampers Anonymous.  It’s available at JoAnn’s.

Layered butterflies card and envelope

If you enjoyed making this card, you might want to check out my Elegant & Simple Card tutorial.

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