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How to Make Twirly Butterfly Cards for Spring

comments (12) March 18th, 2013     

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One side of the butterfly.
The other side of the butterfly!
I centered my circle widthwise but closer to the top of the card. You could also make a circle that is off-center or in the exact center if you wish.
One side of the butterfly.

One side of the butterfly.

Photo: Kayte Terry

Break out of the one-dimensional with this twirling butterfly card made with bright cardstock and patterned papers.

This card would be the perfect companion to a handmade wedding gift or just a sweet way to say happy spring to someone you love!

What you'll need (makes one card):

  • One 8-1/2-inch x 11-inch sheet of cardstock
  • Scraps of decorative paper or wallpaper
  • Scraps of cardstock in colors that contrast with the sheet of paper
  • Binder clips
  • Decorative edge scissors
  • X-Acto knife, cutting mat, and ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil
  • One A2 envelope
  Use the other half of the cardstock to make another card!

1. Fold the cardstock in half lengthwise, and press the crease evenly with the side of a ruler. Cut the card in half with the X-Acto knife to make two 4-1/4-inch x 5-1/2-inch cards. 

  I centered my circle widthwise but closer to the top of the card. You can also make a circle that is off-center or in the exact center if you wish.


2. Cut a 3-3/4-inch x 5-inch piece of decorative paper with decorative scissors such as a scallop or zizag. Center the decorative paper on the front of the card and binder-clip it to only the front of the card. Trace a circle on the top center of the decorative paper, and cut through the decorative paper and the front of the card with an X-Acto knife.

3. Separate the decorative paper from the front of the card.

  Clip the cardstock and the decorative paper right sides together.

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Comments (12)

Christine_Connor writes: That looks amazing. I did something very similar via quilling only a few weeks ago!

Posted: 2:12 pm on April 10th
Criativa writes: So cute and simple. Thanks.
Posted: 1:24 pm on April 7th
nancye writes: If it hadn't been for quilterkitty, I wouldn't have understood why the title is Twirly... Thank you quilterkitty. Cute idea, but it could scare some people to have the card move when it's opened. Posted on 20 April 2012.
Posted: 5:25 pm on April 20th
LucyChe writes: It's an awesome idea! You've inspired me to try make the same card! I love the English Accessoirize shop. And your card looks like from that shop, I mean so professional and stylish. From pictures I've learned that it's really simple to make such cards. Thank you!
Posted: 6:21 am on February 19th
NancyWard writes: Hi!

Yesterday I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

Would you let me know if that's OK?


Nancy Ward
Posted: 11:46 am on June 3rd
whimwham writes: Super cute! Can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!
Posted: 10:45 am on May 24th
CJSassy writes: Great it. Thanks for sharing!
Posted: 9:00 am on June 6th
ladybugltd writes: Super idea..... will even try to use a helicopter or little car cut out for my new grandson to twirl and delight.

Can even use a picture of our family dog to send to "Dad" for Father's Day from the dog.... love it. My husband always buys me a card and send a "written note" from the youngest dog on how things are going from their viewpoint..... always a blast to read as they grow up with us.
Posted: 2:17 pm on May 31st
quilterkitty writes: I made a similar card for my father-in-law's birthday last year using a circle punch and a round "Happy Birthday" stamp. Before putting the card in the envelope, I twisted it around and around, so when he opened it the circle would spin. He loved it! I like the butterfly idea even better (flowers are nice, too). This gives me a great use for my larger craft punches and cutting dies. Thank you!
Posted: 1:02 pm on May 30th
Sweet_Dee writes: This cute butterfly card is great! So simple, but simply beautiful too! I'm going to have to make one for my mom...maybe I'll add a message to the back off the butterfly...I'm thinking "happy birthday!"
Posted: 7:55 pm on May 22nd
cucicucicoo writes: What a great, but easy, idea! I refuse to buy greeting cards, but I was running out of ideas for homemade ones. Thanks so much!
Posted: 5:36 pm on May 22nd
mommaviv writes: So cute. I can't wait to use those scraps of scrapbooking paper to make a flock of butterflies for these cards.
Posted: 2:56 am on May 22nd
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