Throwback Thursday Autumn Butterflies Easel Card

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.

Autumn Butterflies

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.

You’ll find a linked supply list below.  If you’d like to purchase this card you can find it in my ETSY Shop.

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!



17 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday Autumn Butterflies Easel Card

  1. MaryH

    So sorry about the video; I know you put a lot into making them. I know we all love to watch your videos and YIPPEE for Throwback Thursdays.
    FALL IS HERE: What a wonderful compilation of papers, ephemera, ribbon, and flowers. Renea’s butterflies are so beautiful and add that perfect touch to the card. You are an amazing crafter my friend.

    1. Bettye Branton

      So lovely, all the little effects make your cards just pop, TFS and have a blessed weekend.

  2. Susan Steele

    Oh my …you did it again!!! Gorgeous! This card screams “Fall” …very beautiful! Luv your fall colored flowers …and the butterfly too!!! So sorry you lost your tutorial footage, after you went thru all that trouble!!! Take care! Thanks for sharing another fine creation! Hugs, Suzy Q

  3. Isabel Gonzalez

    Hello, my dear, sweet, Kathy! I’m sorry I’ve been MIA, but a lot has gone on in my family in addition to no longer getting notices when you post something. I have had you in my thoughts and prayers though. This card is so beautiful! I love the warm feeling it gives and how you used that gorgeous die! Everything is beautiful as always my friend. Please keep me and my family in your prayers. I might message you on Etsy. Hugs, my sweet friend!

  4. Charlotte

    Wow. This card is gorgeous. But I’m gonna stay on track to dig into your Fall card making kit. I’m excited. What a lot of work you put into making the projects, the videos and still photos, plus the written instructions!! Thank you. 🙂

  5. lynn legge

    kathy i truly love the flowers and the frame…wow you are amazing
    and the colors are perfect and soothing

  6. Christal Gill

    WOW! Your Autumn Butterflies Easel Card is GORGEOUS! I love the layers on it with the papers, die cuts, flowers & Butterfly. I need to find this paper collection! Thanks for tips on all of your work! Looking forward to the next video as well! Crafty Hugs, Christal


    I know how frustrating it is losing your video, but really appreciate your time and patience in the tutorials. You explain your process and always make something just gorgeous – this card is no exception – absolutely stunning and always dressed to the nines – thank you Kathy!!

  8. soozyb2013

    Wow, this one is gorgeous Kathy. Butterflies or Flutterbyes as my Dad used to say, are lovely. That is a great die too. Just love everything about it. Enjoy your day, and stay safe and well.

  9. Claire Gagne

    What a beautiful card Kathy. Love butterflies. And the easel cards are easy to make as well. Just love how you embellish each and every one of your delightful cards. Be safe & TYFS

  10. Renea Harrison

    This is just the most gorgeous card Kathy!! The colors are phenomenal for Autumn and your always take the time to add details that really come together so perfectly. What a visual treat this is!!

  11. Gena L Krannig

    Oh Kathy, this is hands down one of the most gorgeous cards ever! The butterfly in the middle of the Tree of Life frame is absolutely exquisite. And I love the warm and Fall like colors of those flowers and ribbon. I like how you edged the flowers in white. I do not have this paper collection but I think that’s about to change . I’m so sorry you lost the video but really appreciate the tips and tricks. Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

    1. Martie Rollin

      I agree with Lynn…soothing is a good word to describe the gentle colors on this beautiful card. Fall doesn’t always display vibrant, bright colors…this is a lovely color combination, Kathy. Easel cards are always a favorite shape…unique space to decorate. Well done!

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