Friday, April 1, 2016


©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2016

I am amazed every year when the flowers and trees start to bud and the many varieties of butterflies appear. They dance among the flowers and light sometimes to examine them closely. It is delightful to watch them.

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Scraps of ivory or white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Dies:  Tattered Lace™ Butterflies  D466
  • SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur™ Die cut and embossing machine
  •  Red cardstock for card base (card is 4 ¼ x 5 ½” folded)
  •  Envelopes to fit card
  • Blue and red scraps for die cutting
  • Stamp: Crafters’ Companion TXT-ST Word 2-EZ “Words of Wonder 2
  • ColorBox™ Medium blue Chalk ink pad
  • Westcott™ paper trimmer & scissors
  • Scor-Pal™
  • Beacon ZipDryTM adhesive
  • DecoArtTM Media Fluid Acrylic™ & Mister (reds & blues)
  • Sea sponge
  • Iron if you want the paper smooth                                                    

1.     Follow the direction for paper making found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to make slurry from the white/ivory scraps.
2.     Create one or more sheets of medium weight white/ivory handmade paper.
3.     When the sheets of paper are dry, cut them to 4 x 5 ¼”. Save the extra pieces for other projects.
4.     Water down the Fluid Acrylic paints.
5.     Use the sea sponge to dab and swirl the paints onto the handmade paper pieces. (See sample.)
6.     Allow paint to dry.
7.     Die cut one red and one blue butterfly from the scraps.
8.     Score and fold the card.

Assemble the card:

1.     Attach the painted paper to the card front with ZipDry™ adhesive.
2.     Attach the blue butterfly to the top right and the red butterfly to the bottom left of the painted paper.
3.     Stamp the word “Amaze with the medium blue Chalk ink in the middle left of the painted paper.

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