Throwback Thursday Autumn Butterflies Easel Card
Hello Friends! Today’s Throwback Thursday project is a lush, layered Autumn Butterflies Easel Card made with Prima’s Autumn Sunset Collection. The sad story is this: I dutifully filmed a tutorial as I was making this card. Making a card while filming a tutorial always takes me 2 or 3 times longer, but I know how much you enjoy them. So I do it. Imagine my dismay and frustration when the video was deleted from my new phone. (Learning curves are tricky to navigate. Ugh.) But the end project is so pretty, I had to share it with you as planned. I’ll try to share lots of tips and tricks to help you recreate it.
Have you ever noticed how many butterflies you see in the fall? And they are huge! The graceful beauties flitting about in our backyard inspired this card made primarily with scraps.
- To begin, cut (2) 5″ x 8 1/2″ panels from cream cardstock.
- Next, adhere the 5″ edge of one panel to the 5″ edge of the second panel. You want a 1/4″ overlap.
- Now score this long panel at 7″ and fold to form a 5″ x 7″ Top fold card.
- Trim the extra length off the bottom of the card.
- Now score the card front at 3 1/2″ to form an easel card base.
- Then cut a 5″ x 7″ panel of brown cardstock. Do not adhere this to the card front yet.
- Mat a 4 5/8″ x 6 5/8″ panel of designer paper on a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ panel of kraft cardstock.
- Then mat a 4″ x 6″ Autumn Sunset Journal card on kraft and brown mats as seen in the photo below.
Create a Focal Point
Create a focal point with die cuts, ephemera cards, Reneabouquets Beautiful Board and Butterflies.
- First, cut the Spellbinders Lattice Quadrante Die from patterned paper and from Copper Foiled paper.
- Next, adhere the two die cut layers together so that the edges are offset as seen in the photo.
- Then, carefully cut the die on the diagonal lines to make 4 pieces.
- Layer a foiled ephemera card (“Album”) with the Reneabouquets “Tree of Life” Beautiful Board, a scrap of canvas fabric, another ephemera card, and the “Love” ephemera piece. Use dimensionals between the layers.
- Then adhere the cut pieces of the Lattice Quadrante behind the focal image. Place the scrolled edges on the side and the pointed lattice edges top and bottom.
The final touch is the gorgeous Champagne Butterfly in the center of the Tree of Life Frame. I deliberately kept the card front simple and elegant so that the beauty of each element would have a chance to shine.
A Peek Inside
I created this primarily as a home décor item, But I did add a small sentiment panel inside the card.
I hope this Throwback Thursday inspires you to dig through some of your retired fall papers and make something beautiful.
Thanks for stopping by!
Note: Throwback Thursday projects are designed to help you use up older papers and collections. For that reason, I cannot always link to retired products. Thanks for understanding!
- Prima Autumn Sunset Collection
- Amazing Paper Grace Lattice Quadrante Die (September APG Die of the Month)
- 1/4″ Foam Tape
- Copper Cardstock