I think I speak for a lot of people when I say sometimes I just need a nice blank card.
I designed this butterfly themed card set with simplicity in mind. It only required 2 colors of cardstock. Maybe 3 if you want the interior to be a different color.
No extra materials, or a gazillion different pieces. Just cut, assemble and done!
Plus, I think these are super cute and appropriate for lots of different occasions.
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Recommended Materials for Butterfly Cards
Cardstock: I used 3 different types, one for the outside, a background watercolor print and then a different liner. For the liner, normal copy paper works well. I used origami paper for the background mostly because I just had it around. Here are some of my favorite brands:
- Recollection Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Metallic Shimmer Assorted Set from Amazon – This set is a little lighter in weight but the colors are beautiful in 3D
- Cardstock Warehouse Brand on Amazon – I love the quality of all the matte colored cardstock with Cardstock Warehouse. It is my go-to brand for individual matte colors that I might need
- Stardream Metallics Line – For paper crafts, the Stardream line is the go to for a metallic shimmer finish. It is the perfect sheen to make any project pop. The core is also colored is which hard to find for metallic paper.
- Assorted Pink Set from Paper Paper – This is a must-have for paper flower makers. The variety is perfect to create a bouquet.
- Assorted Purple Set from Paper Paper – This is another must-have for paper flower makers. I love the variety of finishes in this pack.
- Metallic Variety Set from Paper Paper – I don’t know any avid paper crafter that doesn’t use Stardream metallics line of shimmer paper. It is the only metallic cardstock line that I know of that has such variety and has colored cores.
Glue: Polymer-based glue doesn’t work well for cards because it puckers the paper a bit. Here are some of my favorite alternatives for cardmaking:
Template: I’ve included 3 templates in this set for free in my resource library. These cards fit standard envelope sizes but I’ve included one just in case.
Tips of Assembling Butterfly Cards
Using the right mat
I like either a worn-out green mat or a fresh blue mat for this project. The cuts are a little bit more on the intricate side and need the paper to stick well to get a clean cut.
Lint Rollers are your friend
They are great for picking up the scraps. Transfer or masking tape works great too.
Skip the score lines
I rarely include them in my card designs because people forget to change them. I just use my scraper and slide it over the crease.
Be generous with the glue dots
You want to make sure the underlying patterned paper sticks to the top piece.