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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Butterfly Collage Card

By: Tracie Lyn Huskamp

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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Such a stunning Butterfly collage card and who would know it is so easy to make all you need is some muslin fabric, paints,a butterfly image traced and cut out greeting card and some old lace or some embellishments. I think I will use some card stock for my card and make an envelope to give it color. I love to be able to create homemade cards because they are so different. So quick and easy. So make your own cards for any occasion.

I love this! Very pretty. I've just recently started getting into paper and mixed media for my jewelry. Thanks for sharing.

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