Hand-lettered butterfly card

Create this pretty, hand-lettered greeting card embellished with glorious butterflies. Swap and change the sentiment to suit birthdays, seasonal celebrations, congratulatory messages and more.

1. Stamp the Santoro’s Gorjuss Time To Fly Rubber Stamps onto a sheet of white cardstock with the Artiste Black Dye Ink Pad. Alongside the girl, you will need three snowdrops, the rabbit, the dragonfly, two tiny butterflies, a medium butterfly and two larger butterflies. Also stamp the butterfly that sits on the girls’ hand once more. Use the bright and neutral Santoro Watercolour Dual-tip Pens to colour in the artwork, adding a little water to blend the tones. Fussy cut the stamped elements.

2. Cover a white 8 x 8'' card blank with pink coloured cardstock. Trim a piece of white cardstock slightly smaller than the size of the card, then at the bottom of the panel, draw a curved, wavy line to create a grass mound using the brighter green pens from the Artiste Watercolour Dual-tip Pens & Caddy. Blend with water for a watercolour effect. 

3. Temporarily position the girl slightly over the mound. Take a piece of Anita’s Plain White A4 Parchment Vellum and place this on top of the girl. With a pencil, draw an arc from the girl’s left hand, swooping over her head. This will act as a guide for your sentiment. Place another piece of vellum on top and following the arc write 'Wishing you a beautiful day' in a continuous line with a pencil. Turn the sentiment face-down onto another piece of vellum and scribble pencil all over the back of the words so that they imprint onto the vellum. Now, imprint this piece of vellum onto the white cardstock. Carefully go over the faint mark using a black Faber-Castell Black Pitt Artist Pen. On the reverse of the sentiment, inside the card, go over the writing with the Xcut 4 in 1 Embossing Pen to get a raised effect.

4. Fix the girl and the fussy-cut elements to the card blank with Stick it! 3D Foam Squares, except for butterfly from the hand and one of the larger butterflies. Apply a layer of Anita’s 3D Clear Gloss to these two, allow to dry fully then pop the matching butterfly on top of the hand and another at the end of your hand-lettering.

5. Before adhering the panel to the front of the card blank, add a few small lines on the reverse with the embossing pen to create movement lines for some of the butterflies. Once fixed, you should be left with a small pink border.

Project and how-to instructions by Sue Smith.

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