Layering hand-cut designs allows you to create your own scrapbook page and greeting card 3-D embellishments. These decorations add dimension, texture, and style to your projects. These step by step instructions will guide you through making this sample greeting card. You can title the card "Thinking About You," "Get Well," "Happy Birthday," "Congratulations," or almost any other greeting, making it extremely versatile. Once you have created this fun card for practice, you will know how to make these dimensional embellishments for your scrapbook pages.
- Cut the cardstock to size so that you can fold it in half to make a greeting card. If you want your completed card to be 4 inches by 6 inches then you will cut your cardstock to 8 inches by 6 inches.
- Score the fold line using a scoring blade on your trimmer, or simply fold it in half and use a bone folder or ruler to press the fold making it nice, tight, and crisp. You can see a Fiskars trimmer with a scoring blade on it in the Mini Book Challenge
- Save the Free Graduated Sizes Butterfly Pattern to your computer (instructions are included with the pattern on the next page of this article). Insert the image onto a Word document and resize it so that the largest butterfly is approximately 3 3/4 inches wide. Then, print the pattern on white cardstock or directly on to the back of your patterned cardstock weight scrapbook or cardmaking paper. If you want additional butterfly shape choices you can find two other free patterns in the article Free Printable Butterfly Patterns and Scrapbook Page Layout Idea.
- Cut out several graduated sized butterflies, 3 butterflies are needed for the look shown here. You can, however, add more layers if you wish. Five sizes have been provided in the graduated sized pattern.
- Layer the butterfly cut-outs using double-sided foam tape
to give the embellishment some lift between each layer. You will want to look for super-thin foam tape since you will be creating more than one popped-up layer.
- Finish the top layer with a butterfly body. Cut the center section out of a hand-cut butterfly shape from a darker color and add it to the top butterfly.
Supplies Used on this Greeting Card:
Free graduated butterfly pattern; patterned cardstock weight scrapbook paper from the BasicGrey Kissing Booth line; solid cardstock from The Paper Studio; sticker letters from the Basic Grey Kissing Booth collection; double-sided foam adhesive squares from Stampin Up.