This lace butterfly card exemplifies elegance and creativity! In today’s tutorial, we’ll depart from the traditional greeting card format to produce an interactive, lovely piece that your recipient will want to put on display. I’ll also suggest a few alternative and artistic ways to use the butterfly printable that I created for this card!
1. Print Out the Medium Lace Butterfly Illustration
To make this butterfly card, start by printing out the Medium Lace Butterfly Illustration, which you can find by clicking here. I recommend printing it out on 32# laserjet paper, though 70#-80# drawing paper should work just as well. Full disclosure: I had every intention of making the illustration available for free, but it took way longer to draw than I had anticipated, so I decided to make it available for the price of a latte ($4.00).
I always like to offer a gratis alternative, so I made a free blank butterfly for you to print out if you’d like! You can find the blank butterfly by clicking here, then you can print and draw your own design in it.
2. Cut Out the Butterfly
Use a pair of scissors to cut the butterfly out. The outlines are fairly clean, so there’s no need for a more exact cutting tool (like a hobby knife)!
3. Trace Around the Butterfly Cut-Out
Your butterfly card consists of three parts: a cardstock base, a middle layer of your choice, and the lacy top layer. You already have the top layer, so now you should pick a middle layer. I chose to use a page from an old book, but you could use a variety of materials: newspaper, wrapping paper, handmade paper, magazine paper … whatever you like! Once you’ve chosen the middle layer, lay your butterfly cut-out face down on it, and trace around the butterfly in pencil.
Now, cut around the pencil guidelines that you just made.
Finish up by choosing a strong, hardy paper like cardstock or watercolor paper. Trace around your butterfly cut-out on that hardy paper, then cut along the guidelines.
4. Apply Glue
Use the edge of a glue stick or a pointed tip to apply glue to the middle of the cardstock or watercolor paper.
After you have applied the glue, place your middle butterfly layer on top of the cardstock or watercolor paper. Press down on the middle of the butterfly to help the glue to adhere the two layers together. Then, apply glue on top of the middle layer.
Finish up by gluing the top layer to the middle layer.
5. Add a Greeting
You can flip the card around as you wait for the glue to dry, and write or calligraph the greeting of your choice on the back. I would also suggest writing your actual on the back (“Dear So-and-So” …) — but there’s no reason that you couldn’t write on the front wings (third layer).
6. Fold the Wings
In my opinion, the 3D aspect of this butterfly card is the thing that helps to make it stand out! To fold the wings, start by lining up a piece of paper with the left side of the butterfly’s body (just left of the center). Use the edge of the cardstock to fold the left side of the illustrated butterfly layer over to the right. Use your finger or fingernail to make a firm crease!
Keep your piece of paper where it is, and fold over the middle layer as well. Again, use your finger to make a crisp crease.
Gently unfold the wings on the left side, and repeat the same process for the wings on the right. Once you finish folding, you’ll be rewarded with a butterfly whose wings rest at a pleasant elevation — similar to a real butterfly’s. To send the card, simply slip it into an A7 envelope (5.25″ x 7.25″, 133 mm x 184 mm)! It should be a perfect fit, and when the recipient pulls it out, the wings will spring back to life.
Other Cool Butterfly Projects
I have to admit that this butterfly card threw me into a bit of a butterfly mania … not that I’m complaining. My desk is covered with pretty illustrated lace butterflies of various sizes! I used some of those butterflies to create the following:
Simple Butterflies Card
Butterfly Wall Art
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and that you can make use of the Lace Butterfly Printables! Remember, for a free alternative, you are more than welcome to print out the Blank Butterfly Outline. If you go that route, get creative with it! You don’t have to fill in your blank butterfly with lace. 🙂
Thanks very, very much for reading TPK, and have a fantastic (and creative) weekend!