The Butterfly Brilliance butterflies are so beautiful and delicate looking that I just knew a framed motif would look beautiful – and it does! This would make a great Mother’s Day gift.

This project is geared more toward avid crafters, but even if you’re just a casual crafter, if you follow the steps all the way through, you will be happy you did.

I bought the frame (made by Shabby Chic) for $6.99 at TJ Maxx. And I removed the glass. The frame opening is 5×7. I made the motif as a matted design rather than a card.

First I cut a piece of cardboard 5×7 on my guillotine paper cutter. Trying to cut thick cardboard on your paper trimmer won’t work. It either won’t cut at all, or if it does, it might dull the blade. So, if you have a guillotine paper cutter, I recommend you use that.

  • Cut four pieces of Cinnamon Cider cardstock:
    • 5 x 7
    • 4 1/2 x 6 1/2
    • 4 x 6
    • 3 1/2 x 5
  • Cut three pieces of Mint Macaron cardstock
    • 4 3/4 x 6 3/4
    • 4 1/4 x 6 1/4
    • 3 3/4 x 5 3/4
  • Cut a piece of Basic White cardstock 3 1/4 x 5 1/4 – Emboss with Parisian Flourish Embossing folder
  • Layer the Cinnamon Cider and Mint Macaron pieces as follows:
    1. Adhere the largest piece of Cinnamon Cider to the cardboard
    2. Then layer the largest piece of Mint Macaron on top of that
    3. You will not adhere the next four layers to the base just yet, so set the base piece aside for the time being.
    4. Take the remaining largest piece of Mint Macaron and adhere it to the remaining largest piece of Cinnamon Cider. Then layer another Cinnamon Cider and another Mint Macaron. So, you should have four layers.
  • Now, take a length of Pool Party sheer ribbon – adhere one end to the back of the largest piece of Cinnamon Cider, run it down the front and then adhere the other end on the other side.
  • NOW you can adhere the additional layers to the base piece.
  • And you can also adhere the remaining Cinnamon Cider layer.
  • Before adhering the embossed layer, dip a sponge dauber into your Mint Macaron inkpad and gently rub some color onto the raised images to make them stand out. It will also help to blend the layer to the overall coloring of the card. Once you’re done, you can adhere it to the base.

Cutting the embellishments

  • If you have the Butterfly Bijou DSP, you can use the large single die to cut multiple butterflies at once. If you don’t have the DSP, that’s fine, stamp onto white cardstock using Balmy Blue ink. Then die cut them.
  • The Butterfly Brilliance dies also come with five individual detailed butterfly dies. Two large ones, two medium and one small one. Take one of the medium ones and die cut two onto white cardstock. Run it back and forth through your Stampin Cut & Emboss machine a couple of times to make sure it has a good impression and that will make all the little pieces come out easier. Poke them out with your Take Your Pick Tool or the tip of your paper snips
  • Take your sponge dauber again and rub some Mint Macaron ink onto the die cut butterflies. Start from the center and get lighter as you move outward, leaving the edges mostly white.
  • I used a Gold paint pen that I bought at Michael’s Craft store to apply some gold all around the edges of the butterflies as well as to its body and antennas.
  • Fold the butterfly wings up and apply liquid glue to just the body and then adhere it to one of the solid butterfly pieces you cut from the DSP. Do the same with the other one. You want the butterfly wings to be up so they look like they’re fluttering. You don’t want to glue them down. Set them aside.
  • Die cut three sprigs of greenery from the Forever Fern bundle onto Mint Macaron cardstock (no stamping).
  • Adhere one sprig at the top left and two at the bottom. See the photo below. It’s more of a finished photo but you can see where the sprigs go.

Punch out 7 or 8 flowers on Mint Macaron cardstock using the small Bloom punch.

Then punch out flower centers on Bermuda Bay cardstock using the Confetti Flowers Border punch. With this punch, you get different sized tiny flowers. I picked some out and used them as flower centers

  • Pick up a flower center using the putty end of your Take a Pick tool and apply a tiny bit of glue to the back, then adhere it to the center of one of the flowers you punched out with the Small Bloom punch.
  • To make the flower petals pop up, place it on a Stampin’ Pierce Mat, then using the large scoring tool on your Take Your Pick tool, press into the center. The picture below is from another project, but the process is the same. When you press into the center on your Stampin’ Pierce Mat, the flower petals automatically curl up.

Adhere the flowers in various places on the leaves.

Now adhere your butterflies as shown in the photo.

  • Take a length of the gingham ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack and a length of Pool Party sheer ribbon and tie them together in a bow. Then attach to the card. Next, I slipped a piece of linen thread through the front of the bow and attached a heart charm, then tied a bow.
  • I then stamped a sentiment from the Posted for You stamp set onto a scrap piece of white cardstock, colored in the image with Mint Macaron and Light Old Olive and punched it out with the Everyday Label punch. And then I ran my gold paint pen all around the edges. I tucked one end of the label behind the wings of one of the butterflies.
  • Here is another photo of the finished piece so you don’t have to scroll all the way back to the top.

I realize there are a lot of steps to this tutorial, so I appreciate that you stuck with me on it. If you make this project, you won’t be disappointed with the final result. I would love to know what you think, so please leave me a comment.

Below are all of the products I used for this project.

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