How to Create a Butterfly Garden Mixed Media Card

This bright, summery mixed media card features a whimsical butterfly in full flight. It may look complicated, but it's fairly simple to make. Follow these easy steps to make one yourself.

2.5k Views 38 Likes
How to Create a Butterfly Garden Mixed Media Card
21 Steps
Supplies
Embed
1
To begin, you will need one 12 x 12 sheet of Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Origins "Wings" paper.  It's double sided, but we are using the butterfly/script side.

To begin, you will need one 12 x 12 sheet of Canvas Corp Brands Mixed Media Origins "Wings" paper. It's double sided, but we are using the butterfly/script side.

2
Cut this 5x5" section with the large butterfly image from the paper. Include the black border at the top and bottom.

Cut this 5x5" section with the large butterfly image from the paper. Include the black border at the top and bottom.

Recommended For You
3
Using gelatoes, lay down some color on the background. We will be coloring the wings separately, so leave them for now.

Using gelatoes, lay down some color on the background. We will be coloring the wings separately, so leave them for now.

4
Use a Distress Sprayer to add a very light misting of water to the panel.  Use a paper towel to blend the colors.  Add more color and repeat if desired.

Use a Distress Sprayer to add a very light misting of water to the panel. Use a paper towel to blend the colors. Add more color and repeat if desired.

5
Add shimmer and more intense color by spritzing and spattering with Glimmer Mist.

Add shimmer and more intense color by spritzing and spattering with Glimmer Mist.

6
Lay down another layer of color and ink splatters.

Lay down another layer of color and ink splatters.

7
Use a waterbrush to pick up color from the gelatoes and paint the interior of the butterfly wings. Just brush the bristles directly onto the gelato, then paint. Clean your brush between colors.

Use a waterbrush to pick up color from the gelatoes and paint the interior of the butterfly wings. Just brush the bristles directly onto the gelato, then paint. Clean your brush between colors.

8
Use a craft knife to trace around  butterfly wings.  Just the wings, not the body! Spritz with water and shape with your fingers.  If you cut on a glass surface, it will cut like buttah!

Use a craft knife to trace around butterfly wings. Just the wings, not the body! Spritz with water and shape with your fingers. If you cut on a glass surface, it will cut like buttah!

9
Add some ink spatters with Clover Chalkboard Mist

Add some ink spatters with Clover Chalkboard Mist

10
Cut a piece of tissue stock that is slightly larger than the butterfly panel.  Spritz with inks, crumple and heat dry. Glue beneath the butterfly panel so the tissue stock will show beneath the wings.

Cut a piece of tissue stock that is slightly larger than the butterfly panel. Spritz with inks, crumple and heat dry. Glue beneath the butterfly panel so the tissue stock will show beneath the wings.

11
It will look like this.  Keep lifting and shaping the wings.  This paper will keep its shape once it is heat set. It's pretty amazing!

It will look like this. Keep lifting and shaping the wings. This paper will keep its shape once it is heat set. It's pretty amazing!

12
Cut this 6" panel from  7 Gypsies Ordre du Jour Seize the Day paper. Use a notebook punch on one side.  Ink and heavily distress the edges. Spatter with Pink Poodle Glimmer Mist.

Cut this 6" panel from 7 Gypsies Ordre du Jour Seize the Day paper. Use a notebook punch on one side. Ink and heavily distress the edges. Spatter with Pink Poodle Glimmer Mist.

13
Place the butterfly panel at an angle on the Seize the Day paper. Machine stitch.

Place the butterfly panel at an angle on the Seize the Day paper. Machine stitch.

14
Create a 6" square side fold card base from Kraft Cardstock. Paint the edges with Gold Texture Paste. When dry,  glue the prepared butterfly panel to the card base.  Now add your embellishments.

Create a 6" square side fold card base from Kraft Cardstock. Paint the edges with Gold Texture Paste. When dry, glue the prepared butterfly panel to the card base. Now add your embellishments.

15
Back the optical lens with a scrap from the mixed media paper.  Fussy cut library drawer from Ordre du Jour and place on top.  Add mica chips. Top with honeycomb print ribbon. Secure with foam tape.

Back the optical lens with a scrap from the mixed media paper. Fussy cut library drawer from Ordre du Jour and place on top. Add mica chips. Top with honeycomb print ribbon. Secure with foam tape.

16
Add ribbon border on left hand side with Scor-Tape.  Top with Sheer Citrus Dots Bow, string bow and button. Fussy cut pen nib, color ad add as body on butterfly. Spatter white paint if desired.

Add ribbon border on left hand side with Scor-Tape. Top with Sheer Citrus Dots Bow, string bow and button. Fussy cut pen nib, color ad add as body on butterfly. Spatter white paint if desired.

17
Use hot glue to attach Petaloo Pistachio Burlap Blossoms, Large pink Gerbera Daisy and Small yellow Gerbera Daisy.  Add string bow. Add stick pins.

Use hot glue to attach Petaloo Pistachio Burlap Blossoms, Large pink Gerbera Daisy and Small yellow Gerbera Daisy. Add string bow. Add stick pins.

18
Decorate the inside of the card with Ordre du Jour 8x8 papers.

Decorate the inside of the card with Ordre du Jour 8x8 papers.

19
Create a gift card/tag pocket using the envelope pocket.  Top the tag with honeycomb satin ribbon and tuck into the pocket.

Create a gift card/tag pocket using the envelope pocket. Top the tag with honeycomb satin ribbon and tuck into the pocket.

20
Use the 8x8 Ordre du Jour collage paper on the right hand side of the card interior.  Fussy cut the small butterfly from the Mixed Media Origins paper. Color and add to the collage.

Use the 8x8 Ordre du Jour collage paper on the right hand side of the card interior. Fussy cut the small butterfly from the Mixed Media Origins paper. Color and add to the collage.

21
Now your gorgeous Mixed Media Butterfly card is complete and ready for gifting!  Thanks for joining me!  Visit me at http://www.kathybydesign for more ideas and inspiration. Now go get your craft on!

Now your gorgeous Mixed Media Butterfly card is complete and ready for gifting! Thanks for joining me! Visit me at http://www.kathybydesign for more ideas and inspiration. Now go get your craft on!

keyboard shortcuts:     previous step     next step
Comments
0 COMMENTS
View More Comments