Hi everyone, it's Audrey, and today I have a super fun and easy Stamped Butterfly Topper to share with you for creating a dimensional, watercolor butterfly topper.
This layered butterfly is such a fun way to add eye catching dimension and detail to all sorts of papercrafting projects. It's great for layouts and cards, and also home decor, gift bags and packages, and so much more. I've added a small clip to the back of mine, making it so easy to add and remove. It's the perfect embellishment for my little gift bag here, and I love that my recipient can recycle the butterfly for another use. Better yet, you can easily adjust the color palette, and add as many layers as you wish, for a completely customizable look.
The watercolor look on the butterfly is so on-trend right now, and is so easy to do. And no matter how many times you do this process, no two butterflies will ever turn out exactly the same. Now how fun is that?
To begin, stamp with the Limitations Sizzix Framelits w/Stamps set by Tim Holtz onto 80 lb. cardstock using Archival Ink. You could also use a heavier weight paper for this, or even watercolor paper... whatever you have on hand. Although we'll be using water with this technique, it will be at a minimum. And since we'll want the butterfly wings to curve up anyway, a bit of warping really won't hurt.
For the watercolor look, dab a bit of Distress Ink onto a scrap piece of plastic packaging, wax paper, or parchment paper. Spritz the ink with water until beads form, and then press the packaging onto the butterfly. Start in the center of the butterfly, and work your way out. You can continue to blot and press the plastic against the paper, transferring the ink color, until you're happy.
Select a second color of Distress Ink, and repeat the process, this time adding the color to the middle portion of the wings.
The inks will puddle and pool and blend in a totally unique way every single time.
Repeat the process again with a third color of Distress Ink, this time just hitting the outside edges of the wings. Allow the paper to dry completely, or speed up the process with a heat tool.
Once the paper has dried, die cut the butterfly using the matching butterfly die. For Framelits sets, we recommend using the Magnetic Platform with your Big Shot Machine and this standard Sizzix die cutting sandwich: Standard Magnetic Platform, Cutting Pad, paper, die (cutting side down), Standard Cutting Pad. If you've got a fair bit of warping due to the watercoloring, you may want to use an additional bit of post-it tape or washi tape to help hold your die in place.
Die cut some additional butterflies from a variety of patterned papers. I chose papers that complemented the Distress colors I used. And although it's a bit hard to tell in the photos, I added clear Wink of Stella glitter to the stamped butterfly for a bit of extra detail.
Decide how you are going to stack your butterflies, and then lightly bend up the wings of the middle and top layers.
Add a thin line of strong tacky glue to the center portion of the butterflies, and adhere them all together. Add a clip to the back, if desired.
Now you have an adorable dimension butterfly topper, ready for gifting or for keeping.
I decided to add mine to a handmade gift bag made from the In the Bag Sizzix Movers & Shapers L die by Tim Holtz.
Other Supplies Used:
- Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80 lb.
- Patterned Paper: American Crafts, BasicGrey
- Ink: Ranger Distress Ink (Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean), Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
- Ribbon: May Arts
- Clip: Making Memories