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Spring into Action: Nancy’s View

Butterfly Garden

By Nancy Thaut, Artistic Guide

Finished Card Size: 4.25” x 5.5”


Spring Bouquet [All Night Media]
Garden Collage Pad [K & C Company]
Purple Butterfly Flat Paper Vellum [K & C Company]
Various Scrap Papers from Stash [Unknown]
Onyx Black Versafine [Tsukineko]
Die Cutting Machine [Cuttlebug]
Labels Four and Labels Four Small Nestabilities [Spellbinders]
Various Copic Pens [.Too]
Pink Ultra Fine Pen [Pilot Hi-Tec-C]
Clear Embossing Powder [Craft Essentials]
Paper Sculpting Pad [The Cottage Stamper Inc.]
Stylus [Lasting Impressions]
Paper Trimmer



  1. I began by stamping image on a scrap of white cardstock, embossed and colored.  Once I got all the desired colors on the spring basket with Copic markers, I ran the paper through the Cuttlebug with the desired Nestability die-cut design.
  2. Going one Nestie die-cut size up, I ran the dark blue vellum through the Cuttlebug. Using standard 8.50” x 4.25” paper I folded in half to make the card base.  I cut a 5.375” x 4.125” vellum paper and mounted to white base.  Lastly, I cut the collage paper 5.25” x 4” and adhered to the blue vellum.
  3. The Design paper had some paper with pre-glittered designs on them.  These designs I cut out individually, close to the edges as possible.
  4. I then placed the ‘3’ images on the sculpting pad and with the stylus went front and back, depending on where I wanted the emphasis. The sculpting pad is used to cushion the paper so that you don’t damage the paper by pressing too hard.  With the cushion, you can also change the direction of the paper if you find you are pressing it in the wrong direction.
  5. With the flower, I wanted the center emphasis upward, so I used the stylus on the back.  With the petals I wanted the petals curved upward, so the stylus was used on the front side of petals.
  6. With the butterfly, the center had the stylus go from the front.  The wings were done from the back but with less emphasis.  (**Remember that only you can determine which way you want the curves to go on an embellishment.  Using the stylus gives you control of the depth you desire.)
  7. The half circle floral frame, I decided that I only wanted the flower pushed up, so I used the stylus only on the back of the flower.  Once all pieces were completed, I used pop dots to attached them to the card base.
  8. And here is the finished card, once more.  Don't forget to sign the back of your card and give it to somebody very special.

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2 Responses »

  1. another great idea and a lovely card!