Handmade butterfly card ideas: 8 botanical 3D designs 


Celebrate the beauty of butterflies with these eight, handmade butterfly card ideas, teamed with bold botanical designs and layered together to make 3D embellishments!

Butterflies are not only beautiful creatures – they also serve the environment, providing numerous benefits. Inspired by and to mark the Big Butterfly Count, an annual nationwide butterfly survey, here are a gorgeous selection of handmade butterfly card ideas to celebrate these wonderful insects! Whatever card you choose to make, you won’t be short of butterfly greeting card ideas – these designs can be easily adapted to suit any occasion!

Handmade butterfly cards

Pink butterfly

Fabulous friend

Just to say

Pretty wings

Thanks

Birthday wishes

Birthday greetings

Just for you

Pink butterfly 

pink-butterfly-embellished-card

What do I need?

Method

  1. Create a 12.5x18cm card blank from white card.
  2. Cut a piece of the butterfly script backing paper to measure 11x16.5cm and mount onto pink card leaving a narrow border. Mount centrally onto the front of your card blank.
  3. Cut a strip of the script backing paper to 3x12cm. Mount onto yellow card and cut an inverted ‘v’ into the left-hand side. Leaving a gap of 3cm on the right-hand side, mount the strip across the centre of your card, slightly overlapping the left-hand side.
  4. Mount the circular Happy Birthday butterfly topper onto white card measuring 8.3cm in diameter. Attach the topper to the front of the card using foam pads and placing it on the right-hand side directly over the top of the end of the border strip.
  5. Tie two strips of pink seam binding together to form a scruffy bow. Attach the bow using silicone glue to the left-hand side of the topper. Thread button twine through the holes of a yellow button and secure the twine with a knot at the back. Attach the button to the centre of the bow. Add a die-cut sentiment of your choice to finish.

Fabulous friend

fabulous-friend-butterfly-card

What do I need?

Method

  1. Place the scallop edge card blank in front of you with the fold at the top.
  2. Cut a piece of the backing paper to measure 13.5cm square and mount onto yellow card leaving a 2mm border around the edge. Fix the mounted layers onto the centre of your card blank.
  3. Cut a further strip of the same backing paper to 5.5x14cm and mount onto yellow card. Fix the border strip vertically onto the card front approx. 1.5cm from the left edge. 
  4. Cut out the purple circular topper and double mount onto purple card then white card. Add faux stitching around the outside of the circle using a purple pen. Using foam pads, attach the topper onto the right-hand side of the covered card blank, slightly overlapping the border strip as shown.
  5. Tie two pieces of yellow seam binding into a scruffy bow. Fix on the left of the circular topper.
  6. Add a die-cut sentiment to the bottom right-hand corner of the card front attaching it with foam pads. Attach Candi at the top and bottom of the border strip to finish.

Just to say

just-to-say-butterfly-greetings-card

What do I need?

  1. Create a 15cm square card from white card with the fold at the top.
  2. Cut a piece of the butterfly backing paper to 13.5cm square, mount onto yellow card and fix to the card front.
  3. Cut a vertical strip of the script backing paper to 7x13.5cm and mount onto yellow card. Wrap yellow seam binding vertically around the panel securing the ends behind. Attach the strip to the centre of your covered card blank.
  4. Double mount the butterfly topper onto yellow card then white card and fix to the card front approx. 2.5cm from the top edge.
  5. Tie two strips of yellow seam binding into a scruffy double bow and attach a paper rose to the centre. Fix the bow above the mounted topper.
  6. Using foam pads, attach a die-cut sentiment below the topper to finish.

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Pretty wings

pretty-wings-butterfly-card

What do I need?

Method

  1. Create a 12.5x18cm white card blank.
  2. Cut a piece of the script backing paper to 10x12.5cm and mount onto purple card leaving a narrow border on the top and bottom edges only. Fix across the centre of the card front.
  3. Using a protractor or a small mug or cup, draw around the perimeter and cut a circle of pink card to measure approx. 8.5cm in diameter. Attach the circle of card on the right-hand side of the card front. Cut a strip of the decorative floral backing paper and mount onto lilac card as before. Fix the strip across the centre of the card, placing it over the top of the circle of pink card. Cut a circle of the script paper approx. 7.5cm in diameter and fix on top of the pink circle.
  4. Starting with the large purple butterfly, cut out three smaller butterflies all descending in size. Attach each one using a small dab of glue down the centre of the body and layering them over the top of the previous larger butterfly. Add three small gems down the centre of the body. Attach the butterfly by its body to the centre of the mounted circles and lift the wings slightly to give dimension.
  5. Add Candi to each corner of the mount of backing paper and create the look of faux stitching around the outside of the card blank using a black pen to finish.

Thanks

thanks-butterfly-card

What do I need?

Method

  1. Create a 15cm square card blank from white card.
  2. Cut a piece of the large floral print backing paper to 13.5cm square, mount onto yellow card and fix on the front of your card blank. Cut the script paper to 7x13.5cm and mount onto yellow card. Fix to the card front approx. 1.5cm from the left edge.
  3. Double mount the circular topper onto lime card then white card using foam pads on the second layer. Draw faux stitching around the outer layer using foam pads on the second layer. Draw faux stitching around the outer layer using a black fine line pen and fix to the centre of the script panel.
  4. Tie two strips of yellow seam binding into a scruffy bow. Attach the bow to the left-hand side of the topper. Thread twine through the holes of a yellow button and secure to the centre of the bow.
  5. Using foam pads, fix a die-cut sentiment on the right side of the topper. Add Candi to each corner of the script border strip to finish.

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Birthday wishes

birthday-wishes-birthday-card

What do I need?

Method

  1. Create a 15cm square white card blank with the fold at the top. Cut away a 6.5cm section from the right-hand side on the front of your card blank.
  2. Cut the white floral backing paper to 13.7cm square, mount onto yellow card and fix to the inside of your card blank. Cut more paper to 7.2x13.7cm, mount and fix to the card front.
  3. Cut the script backing paper to 10cm square, ensuring that the butterflies are in the bottom right-hand corner. Double mount onto white then yellow card before fixing centrally onto the front of the card front.
  4. Cut a circle of script paper, approx. 4cm in diameter and mount onto silver mirri card. Attach the circles to the bottom left-hand corner. Stick a die-cut sentiment into the centre of the circles.
  5. Cut out three butterflies from the small circular toppers and attach to the card as shown, lifting the wings of each one. Stick sequins between the butterflies.
  6. Tie two strips of seam binding into a scruffy bow and attach to the bottom left-hand corner of the mounted square. With the card closed, add Candi to each corner to finish.

Birthday greetings

birthday-greetings-card

What do I need?

Method

  1. Create a 15cm square white card blank with the fold at the top.
  2. Trim a piece of the white floral backing paper to 13.5cm square, mount onto yellow card and fix onto the front of your card blank.
  3. Cut the script backing paper to 14x6cm and mount onto yellow card leaving a border showing on the top and bottom edges only. Fix horizontally across the centre.
  4. Create a circle of lime card measuring approx. 9.5cm in diameter and fix to the centre. Trim the decorative border to 14cm long and fix across the centre. Add Candi to either end. Create a circle of script backing paper approx. 7.5cm in diameter and mount onto white card. Attach the mounted script circle on top using foam pads.
  5. Cut out three descending layers of butterflies. Attach each layer with a fine line of glue to the body, shaping the wings. Attach the butterfly by its body only, to the centre of the circles.
  6. Cut two pieces of craft wire to 1in long, coil the ends and attach to form the antennae for the butterfly. Attach a small button to the centre of the butterfly’s body.
  7. Using foam pads, stick a die-cut sentiment beneath topper to finish.

Just for you

just-for-you-butterfly-card

What do I need?

Method

  1. Fold the scalloped card blank in half and position with the fold at the top.
  2. Cut a piece of the large floral-patterned backing paper to 18.5x12.5cm, mount onto pink card and fix to the centre.
  3. Create a circle of pink card approx. 9.5cm in diameter and attach to the card front roughly 0.5cm from the top of your mounted layers. Trim script backing paper to 14.5x3cm and mount onto pink card. Fix the decorative border across the centre. Cut an inverted ’v’ into each end of the border strip and adhere across the centre of the pink circle. Add silver Candi to each end. Mount the topper onto white card and using foam pads, attach to the centre of the pink circle.
  4. Tie two strips of lilac seam binding into a scruffy bow and fix centrally beneath the topper. Thread twine through the holes of a button and attach to the centre of the bow.
  5. Using Liquid Pearls, apply small dots around the edge of the pink circle of card and leave to dry.

What a beautiful selection of 3D butterfly cards! Which will you make first? 

butterfly-card-ideas


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