Beautiful Butterfly Chain Card

Hello, Catherine Scanlon here to share a fun, fall inspired card with you. I'm having  a hard time believing that September is half-way over, but I'm reminded every time I look out my window and see the leaves changing to orange, yellow and red that the harsh reality is undeniable: cold weather in Maine will be here before I am really ready for it.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Beautiful Butterfly Chain Card by Catherine Scanlon

Today I want to share a different way to use the Pop n' Cuts 3D Butterfly Window die -- one that was inspired by the colors of the trees that I am surrounded by. As you might know already, I like to see what "else" I can do with my tools -- when I take a new die out of the packaging I'm constantly thinking of how I can use it differently. For this project I wanted to see if I could create a butterfly chain -- you know -- like the paper doll chains we made as kids. To make the chain, the first thing you will notice is that I used the Butterfly Window alone, without the Pop N' Cuts XL Horizontal A2 Base Die with a piece of folded card stock. The overall size of the paper was 5" x 14, when folded it was 5" x 7".

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Beautiful Butterfly Chain Card by Catherine Scanlon

I positioned the die with the paper just inside the cutting edge, to get a fold instead of a cut. In the image above you can see where the paper was in relation to the fold.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Beautiful Butterfly Chain Card by Catherine Scanlon

In the image above you will see the position of the fold in relation to the edge of the design. A piece of painters tape kept the paper in place while I positioned it on the cutting plates to roll through my beautiful powder blue Sizzix Machine. Below you'll see the resulting butterfly chain and card insert, I love the practice chain and will save to use on the front of a card or fun home decor project.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Beautiful Butterfly Chain Card by Catherine Scanlon

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Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Beautiful Butterfly Chain Card by Catherine Scanlon

To create the card I lined the window with some patterned paper and attached it to a second 5" x 14" piece of folded card stock. You can round the edges on all corners if you like the look.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Beautiful Butterfly Chain Card by Catherine Scanlon

It turned out exactly like I imagined it would! I think a white on white, or cream on cream wedding card using this design idea would be so beautiful!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Beautiful Butterfly Chain Card by Catherine Scanlon

For the front panel, I embossed a piece of orange card stock (my inspiration color) with the Bohemian Lace Embossing Folder and attached it to a piece of patterned paper trimmed to 5" x 7" with rounded corners and attached that panel with adhesive to my card base. Next I created the sentiment block with the Majestic Die, my computer and cream card stock.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Beautiful Butterfly Chain Card by Catherine Scanlon

It's easy to make custom sentiments to fit the Majestic #2 Framelits Die in any word processing program just like this. Just measure the height and width of the die, create a text box to fit those measurements and type. Once the text is formatted you can print it on nice card stock and use the Framelits to cut your custom sentiment. With a few Mini-Butterflies on 3D Dots, a piece of ribbon and the front of my card was complete!

(Remember: when you position the Framelit on the paper you can keep it in place with a piece of repositionable adhesive to keep the die exactly where you want it while you are creating the cutting sandwich.)
Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Beautiful Butterfly Chain Card by Catherine Scanlon

Because the inside of the card needed some text I broke my quote into two parts and added the second part to the inside on a thin strip of card stock. To make it work with the Butterfly Pop N' Cuts I folded it in the center and attached it on the left and right sides with a little dot of adhesive underneath the butterfly wings.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Beautiful Butterfly Chain Card by Catherine Scanlon

To finish gilding the lily I added more plain and Bohemian Lace Embossed Mini-Butterflies on the  left and right sides and my Butterfly chain experiment card was complete!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Beautiful Butterfly Chain Card by Catherine Scanlon

I hope you enjoyed this different take on the Butterfly Window Pop n' Cuts,  thank you so much for joining me today and I'll see you next time!

Catherine

http://www.catherinescanlon.com/blog/

sizzix die cutting supplies



Paper: Patterned Paper for front cover and window insert; 11 x 14 Bristol Paper for Card base and Butterfly Insert; Orange Sandable Card Stock; Cream, Black Cardstock | Ribbon: 1" Cream Grosgain Ribbon | Adhesive: 3D Dots; Repositionable Tape or Painter's Tape | Computer, Word Processing Program

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4 thoughts on “Beautiful Butterfly Chain Card”

  • Raquel Mason

    What a clever idea to make the butterfly chain, have to try it out.

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  • Jacquelene L

    Catherine, this is fantastic, I love it! This is exactly the technique I will do when my butterfly window card arrives, I am still waiting, waiting, waiting. I absolutely love alternative techniques with the dies, thinking outside the box. I am so thrilled that you experimented with this technique, I was wondering and hoping I could achieve this look with this die. Now, I don't have to figure it out, you have already done it for me. I can't hardly wait until my die arrives and I can play with this technique. The embossing adds an extra dimension. I get how you feel about the colder fall weather, I dread the coming winter here too. Thank you for sharing this tutorial and for experimenting with the dies, and for thinking outside the box.
    Jacquelene L
    Canada

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  • Anna-Karin

    That is such a clever use of the butterfly window die! Love the embossed butterflies too and you used one of my favourite quotes.

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  • Mary Cook

    I wish I had your talent. Beautiful card.

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