Do you love butterflies? They are the star of the show at the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge for our latest theme prompt. I went for a die cut butterfly as the focus of my card, but you can use stamped butterflies or patterned paper. Whether you let the butterfly be centre stage or just an accompanying element on your project is entirely up to you, as long as it is there!
I used lots of snippets for making this card. I first die cut a snippet of specialty black card (it has an almost chalkboard look to it) with a butterfly die from my stash. I then adhered it to a snippet of alcohol inked vellum I’d made for a previous project. I fussy cut it, then adhered it to a piece of white card and again fussy cut around it. I then rolled the wings of the butterfly around the barrel of my craft knife (you could also use a paintbrush or pen) to give them some shape and dimension before setting the butterfly aside.
Next I took a black card base and heat embossed a sentiment from Altenew’s Build-A-Flower: Sakura Blossom with white embossing powder. Before adding the butterfly I went around the cut edges with a black marker to help it blend in more. I then added glue to the back of the butterfly’s body and adhered it into place above the sentiment.
I am really pleased with how this card turned out! The alcohol inked piece works so well for the colour on the butterfly, and I feel like it looks very much like a monarch butterfly. The black background definitely helps it to pop, too. I wasn’t sure whether the white heat embossing was right for the sentiment – I worried that it might be too stark, but I didn’t really have another colour that would work well. I think it was probably the best choice in the end. I hope my card inspires you to create something with butterflies! Visit the challenge post to play along, and be sure to take a look at the inspiration from the rest of the team whilst you’re there. Alternatively you can find their blogs via the links below.
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Butterfly Challenge – Butterfly and U for Use Your Dies
Cupcake Inspiration Challenge – Butterflies
Just Girls – Black Background
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (that’s me!)