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Butterfly Collage Card

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Make a butterfly collage card as a gift for any special occasion, designed by Tracie Lyn Huskamp. Use miscellaneous collage materials such as lace, vintage texts and papers.
 

Butterfly Lace Card
 

Materials:

  • Copyright-free Butterfly Image or Photograph Image
  • Muslin Fabric
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Scissors
  • Blank Greeting Card
  • Envelope
  • Collage Materials: Lace, Vintage Papers, Fabric, etc.
  • Needle and thread


Instructions:

  1. Using a copyright free image or photograph of a butterfly, transfer the image to a piece  of typing/copy paper via your computer and printer or a copier.

    Butterfly
     
  2. Cut a small piece of 200-thread count bleach muslin fabric slightly larger than  the butterfly, and lay the fabric over the  image.

    Muslin
     
  3. Using a mechanical pencil, trace the outline of the butterfly onto the fabric.

    Trace Butterfly
     
  4. Be sure to capture any important details shown, such as the body or  large wing markings.

    Paint Butterfly
     
  5. Using your favorite acrylic paints, select colors that match the butterfly image. Apply paint to the fabric,  remembering to wash your brush thoroughly when changing to a new color.

    Cut Out Butterfly
     
  6. Once you finish painting your image, take a pair of sharp, small scissors and carefully cut the butterfly out.

    Butterfly
     
  7. Be sure to trim close enough to  remove all traces of the unpainted bleached muslin fabric around the  outside of the wings and body.

    Collage Materials
     
  8. Now gather a blank greeting card,  envelope, and miscellaneous collage materials such as vintage papers, lace, other fabrics.

    Arrange Collage
     
  9. Arrange the various collage materials and attach to the front of the blank greeting card using paste or double stick tape.

    Stitch Card
     
  10. Stitch your painted butterfly to the collaged greeting card using  a needle and thread. One or two stitches is enough to hold the  butterfly securely in place.

    Butterfly Lace Card

Congratulations!
You now have a lovely artful card.

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