Beautiful Ribbon Butterfly Card Tutorial

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.

Beautiful Ribbon Butterfly/Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Beautiful Ribbon Butterfly/Kathy by Design for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Here’s what you need to make this card:

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 01Gather your materials.  Die cut the butterfly from the watercolor paper.

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 02Cut 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.

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 03Add 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.

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 04Trim any edges, and set this piece aside in a safe place because we are about to get inky!

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 05

Smoosh your Distress Ink onto your non-stick craft sheet.  Try not to overlap the colors,

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 06Spray 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.

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 07Pick up any little “blobs” of ink to add some interesting detail to the panel.  It’s all according to what YOU like!

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 08Ink 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.

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 10Here 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.

RRR Bright Spring Ribbons Tute 11I 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


15 thoughts on “Beautiful Ribbon Butterfly Card Tutorial

  1. Sara Emily Barker

    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!

  2. Nancy Carroll.

    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!

  3. Carole

    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

  4. Pattie Jns

    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.

  5. soozyb2013

    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!

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