Simply lovely. That’s what I think of butterflies. They never get old and there are just so many things that you can do with them. One idea that I really enjoy with butterflies is stacking them up. All those extra layers add extra dimension and create a lot of visual movement in the design.
To create these butterflies I die cut them four times from different patterned papers using the MFT Stamps Die-namics Flutter of Butterflies – Lace dies. Using a dot of adhesive in the butterfly center I adhered them all together into a stack. Each butterfly has the papers layered in a different order to make each of them look unique. I took the easy way of matching and chose four coordinating papers from a 6×6 paper pad. You could also use up scraps this way and create your own pattern combo from what you have on hand. After the glue dried, a little button from the MFT Whip Cream Buttons package makes a fun accent in the center of each butterfly.
You may have noticed that this card isn’t the standard A5 size. It is still 5.5″ tall but I made the card narrower to work well with the largest tag from the Die-namics Stitched Traditional Tag STAX. Going with white on white for the background really makes the butterflies the focus of the design and gives the design a fresh clean look.
When placing the buttons in the butterfly centers I had the fun idea of a sewing theme to coordinate with some of the elements on the design. It was one of those happy accidents part way through the creation. The buttons and stitching on the tag made me think of a MFT stamp set I had just ordered. Looking at the Stitched with Love stamp set I found a sweet sentiment and the most darling little stitch accents to make fun little trails to the butterflies. These stamped flourishes really help to draw your eye through the design and add more movement. It’s funny that now that I did a video on movement, I’m so much more conscious of the ways I add it to projects.
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