Lacy Butterflies

May 22, 2014

Hi – it’s Karen Aicken here, and today I wanted to share a CAS (Clean And Simple) card. I absolutely love the butterfly dies at Elizabeth Craft Designs, and that they come in separate pieces:
a silhouette, an overlay and a body/antenna piece. They are so versatile and you can create many different looks with them.


1.  Cut a piece of patterned paper, 8-1/2 x 5-1/2″. Score it in the center (at 4-1/4″) to form a side fold standard A2 card.

2.  Cut a white card stock panel 3-3/4″ x 5″ and adhere it to the center of the card front.

3.  Cut a 2nd white card stock panel 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″ and ink the edges with a sponge and dye ink. Adhere this to the card front, centering it on the white panel below it.


4.  Die cut five small butterfly overlay pieces and five bodies. Note, I cut them from the same watercolor-effect patterned paper I used for the card base, but I wasn’t happy with the colours when I laid them on the card. They were too muted for my taste, so I sponged each of the five overlay pieces with coordinating dye ink colours. I did not ink the butterfly bodies.

5.  Die cut the ‘Hello’ from the same patterned paper and attach it as shown using a glue pen.

6.  Attach a butterfly body to each butterfly, and attach a small strip of foam tape to the back of each butterfly.

7.  Now comes the fun part! Lay out four of the butterflies onto your card front, and when you are happy with the arrangement peel off the backing from the foam tape and adhere them in place.

8.  Gently fold the wings up, which creates shadows and gives the card even more interest.


9.  Cut a patterned paper panel 4 x 5-1/4″ and attach this inside your card.

10.  Cut a white card stock panel 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, ink the edges with a sponge and dye ink. Then attach it inside the card centered on the patterned paper panel.

11.  Attach the remaining butterfly inside the card as desired, gently lifting the wings.

Just think how quickly you could make a set of these cards to give as a gift! While I kept my card CAS … one of my favourite ways to use the Elizabeth Craft Designs Shimmer Sheetz is to cut butterfly and dragonfly overlay pieces and doing that would certainly take this card to a new level. As would adding Silk Microfine colored glitter to the butterfly bodies or cutting them out of Velvet Adhesive Sheets. What about using an embossed Shimmer Sheetz in place of the top card stock layer? There are lots of variations to this simple layout.


I hope you enjoyed my card, made quickly and easily using Elizabeth Craft Designs dies!

Elizabeth Craft Designs Products:

713 Small Butterfly die
787 Hello die

Other Products:

Big Shot
Patterned paper
White card stock
Dye inks and sponges
Glue Pen
Foam tape

Thanks for stopping by today.

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  • Reply Mary Prasad May 27, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Love the simple elegance of the card! Nice!

  • Reply Monica May 23, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Greetings from India .. Loved the simplicity of this card yet it’s so beautifully made, that’s what makes it so strikingly eye catching !

  • Reply Frances Byrne May 22, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    A gorgeous CAS card Karen, love those fluttering butterflies

  • Reply Helen May 22, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    You all do such a beautiful job

    • Reply Karen Aicken May 22, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Thank you Helen. The Elizabeth Craft Designs Design Team is a talented bunch for sure, and we love sharing ideas and techniques with all of you.

  • Reply kellyboothKelly Booth May 22, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS Karen….I Adore this CAS card just perfect!!!

  • Reply Rita Edwards May 22, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Such beautiful card, Karen! I really love that you coordinated the base color and the butterflies with the extra color added! Beautiful! Xxx

  • Reply Daria May 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Love this, Karen. It’s a lovely card. I hope you don’t mind if I CASE it. I just bought those little butterflies. Thank you for sharing the details.

    • Reply Karen Aicken May 22, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Thanks Daria – I’m so happy you like the card enough to CASE it. Have fun with your new butterfly dies … there are so many looks you can get from them! Remember to try the ECD Velvet sheets – they work perfectly for the butterfly bodies. 🙂

  • Reply Raquel Mason May 22, 2014 at 8:55 am

    I love those butterflies too! I see a rainbow of butterflies all fluttering on a CAS card.

    • Reply Karen Aicken May 22, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Raquel – a rainbow of butterflies would be stunning!
      Cheers, Karen

  • Reply Els van de Burgt May 22, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Karen what a beautiful and elegant card!

    • Reply Karen Aicken May 22, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Thanks Els … and thanks for designing such wonderful dies!
      Cheers, Karen

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