Beautiful Ribbon Butterfly Card Tutorial for the Really Reasonable Ribbon Bright Spring Colors Challenge
Hello, Friends! It’s time for another great challenge over at the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. This one is all about using bright spring colors and ribbons on your cards. What fun! I created this beautiful ribbon butterfly tutorial to share with you today.
Here’s what you need to make this card:
- Really Reasonable Ribbon March Ribbon Club Assortment
- 7/8″ white organza
- Iridescent White Metallic String
- 1/2″ Scor-Tape
- 5.5″ square of your favorite watercolor paper
- 6″ top fold natural cardstock base
- Tim Holtz Layered Butterfly Die with Texture Fade
- Distress Inks: Abandoned Coral, Cracked Pistachio, Shaded LIlac, Mustard Seed, Broken China, Worn Lipstick
- Picket Fence Distress Stain
- Non-stick craft sheet
- spray bottle
- glass bottle
- seed beads
- sewing machine…not essential, but it adds a lot to the finished product
- Embossing folder of your choice…I used a chevron embossing folder from Embossalicious
Gather your materials. Die cut the butterfly from the watercolor paper.
Cut a 5.5″ square of plain white cardstock. Secure the first ribbon strip from corner to corner in the center of this panel, securing with Scor-Tape.
Add each ribbon, checking it’s placement against the evacuated die cut. As you can see here, I didn’t run each piece of ribbon all the way across the cardstock, I just made sure it filled the evacuated space.
Trim any edges, and set this piece aside in a safe place because we are about to get inky!
Smoosh your Distress Ink onto your non-stick craft sheet. Try not to overlap the colors,
Spray the smooshed ink until little beads of color appear, then drag your evacuated die cut through the puddles of ink. Repeat this until you have the color you want, using a heat tool to dry each layer between applications.
Pick up any little “blobs” of ink to add some interesting detail to the panel. It’s all according to what YOU like!
Ink the inner and outer edges with Shaded Lilac Distress Ink and a sponge applicator. Again, according to your taste. Flick and spritz the watercolor paper with your mister until it’s just the way you like it! Run it through the embossing folder. Run a little Picket Fence Distress Stain over the embossed areas to soften the color if you like. I liked, so I did that, but you might want the brighter colors. Then, attach to the prepared ribbon base either with stitching or Scor-Tape.
Here you can see the close up of the embossing. I filled a tiny glass vial with seed beads, wrapped it with Iridescent White Metallic String and then hot glued it as the center of my butterfly body. The little shimmery bits on the card are pieces of Iridescent string that separated when I cut it, and they were so pretty, I attached them to the card with glue. Just for fun.
I didn’t want to add any more color to this card, but I did want to add some shimmer and shine, so I tied a big fluffy bow with the white organza ribbon, topping it with more iridescent string and a cluster of Ivory Sweetheart Blossoms that I tapped with Shaded Lilac DI. The metal word strip was in my stash, but it was solid pewter, so I colored it with my Spectrum Noir alcohol pens, and I like the way it turned out.
I hope you’ll give this fun technique a try! No go get your craft on and create your own beautiful project with bright spring colors and ribbon! I’ll see you over on the RRR Blog!
I’m linking this card to the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday Challenge # 175: Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays #196 Anything Goes
This is gorgeous!!
PS your background is fabulous, too, and a great way to add that vial filled with seedbeads!
What a pretty butterfly, Kathy! I love how you did the ribbon in strips, and it’s very coincidental that I was thinking of a similar plan for a card, using scraps of ribbon. I just made some Easter eggs with ribbon and saw how much I have. I thought it would be a good idea to glue it to a piece of cardstock and die cut it. But you have gone even further with the thought process and used the negative space of the cut. Genius! I hope you will not mind if I borrow your idea! The entire card is just lovely, and the stitching adds such a wonderful detailed touch! Bravo with this!
Creative and so Beautiful!!! I love cheerful colors!
Have a wonderful day,
Crafting With Creative M
What an awesome idea, thanks for sharing the tutorial! LOVE. Will be a while before i check in again, heading camping tonight…TTFN. Looking forward to catching up when I get home!
very pretty! I especially like the bottle centered for the butterfly’s body
I have seen some beautiful ribbon/overlay pieces of art but THIS takes first prize. The watercolor paper is so pretty. Thanks for the tutorial. Thank you so much for posting your entry with us at Word Art Wednesday this week.
Many Blessings, Carole
Gorgeous, Kathy! Super creative, too. I’d love to have you share in our challenge this week if you’d like to. Always a blessing to see your art!
How on earth did you come up with that! It is just gorgeous. Jenxxx
Beautiful and great tutorial, Kathy. What a clever idea to make the butterfly’s body that way. Well done!
OH MY WORD…a ribbon butterfly?!! TOO COOL! LOVE it and love the bottle for his body. Very very fun and original!
Hi Kathy, I love butterflies, and this one sure does speak spring. I love the bright background, and what a clever idea with the beads. so neat. love your idea. ….have a good day.
Spring has sprung! The grass has ris, I wonder where the birdies is? My Dad used to say this! That butterfly reminds me of the variety of flowers that are blooming around here. Great job!
Beautiful Kathy! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.
Hi, what a fun idea. Great to use up left over ribbons…keep those ideas coming!