In addition to your scraps, you will also need a paper trimmer, liquid glue (I like the Tombow Aqua Glue), scissors, white cardstock (actually any color will do), and a few different punches. I am using a couple of different sized circle punches and the Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch that was included in our March 2012 Embellishment Add-On Kit.
I am using some patterned paper scraps that I have leftover from our February 2012 Hip Kit.
I am using 6 different double sided pattern papers. They should all be at least 6” long by 2” wide.
Using your paper trimmer, cut two or three 1/4” strips out of each paper. WIth my stripe, I cut across the stripe so that you can see more of the pattern. I rarely cut with the stripe on any of my projects.
Add a very thin bead of liquid glue along the entire strip of paper. Then place it on your solid cardstock.
Repeat this process until you have 7 or 8 strips glued down. Then trim off the excess white cardstock so that you will be able to punch from both sides.
Punch out several butterflies. Using your punch upside down allows you to view the placement of your paper. This way you can see exactly how the pattern will appear on your punched shape and you can adjust the paper to choose which patterns you want on your shape.
Note: you can also use dies to cut out your shapes. A Cricut may not work very well as the paper might be too thick.
Here is the end result. You can use these just as they are to add a finishing touch to your project, or you can spice them up a bit to give them a little more flair.
I took a few butterflies and tied a little baker’s twine to create their bodies and antennas. This gives them just a little bit more texture and dimension. (excuse my terribly dry hands – looks like it is time for a manicure) :)
Here is a card that I embellished using a couple of the butterflies I made. Cute, eh? I hope this little trick has inspired you to create some fabulous embellishments of your own with the scraps you have on hand.
See you next Tuesday!!! Happy crafting…