Want to make a super quick butterfly card? Here is one of the easiest ways to color butterflies. You are going to flip with joy. Are you ready? Here is my card

And here is the easiest way to color those butterflies.

I know what you are thinking…pretty cool, right? I have seen this several times before it kicked into my brain. This works with all kinds of stamps. We made backgrounds to use for foliage die-cutting. Click HERE to see that technique. Why not ink cardstock, then stamp an image, and then die-cut or punch out the image? It isn’t a new technique. But it is the easiest way to color butterflies! And now on to the quick instructions.

  • Thick Whisper White cardstock:
    • 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
    • 2-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ for embossing
  • Shimmery White cardstock: 3″ x 7-1/2″
  • Coordinating cardstock: I used Granny Apple Green 2-1/2″ x 5-1/2″

Stamp the Good Morning Magnolia image onto the vellum panel using Basic Gray ink. The lines will be blurred by the Stampin’ Blends and the alcohol to create a faux watercolor effect.

Color the image starting with the lightest color. Use Dark Daffodil Delight for the center. Dip a fine-tip paintbrush into the rubbing alcohol and gently move the color. I added Champagne Shimmer Paint to my rubbing alcohol.

Next, color non-adjacent petals with Dark Flirty Flamingo. Gently blur the stamped line. Let dry and repeat on other petals. Do the same for the leaves. TIP: Blow into a straw to gently direct the ink flow in the desired direction.

Add a second layer of color after the image is dry. Repeat the process of alcohol painting and gently blowing the ink.

OPTIONAL: Pick up some clean rubbing alcohol with the paintbrush and flick it over the image. This will create small droplets that will lighten some areas by moving the color outward.

Adhere the vellum panel to the Basic White cardstock panel using Stampin’ Seal or a light amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Add to Basic Black card base.

Stamp the sentiment in White Craft ink and heat emboss with with embossing powder. Trim to you liking. Add to card panel with small black Dimensionals.

Customize the message insert and the envelope with some flicks of color from the brush end of the Stampin’ Blends.


  • Using a sponge dauber add ink to the Shimmery White cardstock. I used Daffodil Delight + Coastal Cabana, Granny Apply Green + Balmy Blue, and Granny Apple Green + Highland Heather. Experiment with your favorite colors!
  • Stamp your favorite butterfly pattern using the Butterfly Gala stamps set. Use a darker ink, like Night of Navy, for high contrast pattern or one of your blended colors for a more subtle pattern.


  • Emboss a strip of Thick Whisper White cardstock using the Greenery embossing folder. TIP: Be careful not to push the cardstock up into the crease of the embossing folder or there will be a ridge on your embossed panel.


  • Layer the contrasting cardstock and the embossed panel.
  • Add butterflies using a Dimensional under the middle one and glue dots on the remaining 2. TIP: Layer the middle butterfly then the top and bottom butterflies to get even spacing.
  • OPTIONAL: Add some Elegant Faceted Gems. I LOVE these gems. They have beautiful cut detail and no sharp edges.
  • Add the completed panel to your card base.
  • Customize the inside with a stamped message or another butterfly.
  • Add a butterfly to the back envelope flap with liquid glue. TIP: Make sure that it is secure all the way around the edges

This is quick and easy. Butterfly cards can be used for all occasions. Just add the appropriate sentiments. This is a great card to have on hand for quick customizing as the need arises.

Here is another butterfly card using the same technique.



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