Butterflies make everything beautiful!

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I think butterflies are really beautiful and I asked myself, “Why is that?” I think it is because butterflies are so symmetrical and people are generally attracted to things that are symmetrical. But I’m also a very analytical and have a scientific mind set.


The technique for today is “die cut monoprint”. Using this technique, I created two cards witht he butterfly monoprints, but you can also use the prints for a scrapbook or art journal. This easy technique takes about 15-20 minutes and the two cards took over an hour to make.

All three colors together is so beautiful!

On a white A6 postcard paper from HEMA, I used the following 3 Distress Oxide colors: Broken china, Seedless preserves, and Fossilized amber. I used an ink blending tool to put the ink on the paper. Afterwards, I cut the butterflies out with the dies.

The top are the originals, and the bottom are the prints.

I sprayed the butterflies wet with my homemade shimmer spray (water + Perfect Pearls Confetti White), placed it on another white A6 postcard paper, and then ran it through my Cuttlebug. Then I cut the print out of the of the paper with the butterfly’s shadow die.

Now I have 4 butterflies to use however I like! With the orange/purple detailed butterfly, I heat embossed the butterfly’s body and the outer edges of the wings with Ranger Embossing Powder – Gold. Next I stuck this on a piece of vellum die-cut of the butterfly’s shadow. The rest is really easy: 3D embossed background, green leaves die cut, stiched circle die cut from patterned vellum, a black strip with an heat embossed sentiment (same color as on the butterfly), and a golden rhinestone.

Working with stencils is really fun! Stencil monoprint is also another technique.

For the second card, I used the turquoise-pink monoprint from the butterfly shadow die. I first die cut a pearl white detailed butterfly and glued it onto the monoprint. Next I created with background with a stencil. This time I used my new make-up brushes from Ali Express and the following 3 Distress Oxide colors: Broken china, Seedless preserves, and Tumbled glass.

Tip! Ik find that the make-up brushes work best with stencils! Ink blending tools are better on bringing color to paper faster.

The “reveal” is always magical!

Before I removed the stencil, I sprinkled water onto the paper, and then splattered thinned out white gesso. Then I removed the stencil and proceeded to stamp with Tsukineko VersaMark ink and heat embossed with Ranger Embossing Powder – Holographic. This is to give the butterfly a sparkling flight path. Finally, I stamped the sentiment with Tsukineko Versafine – Black onyx and embossed it with the same holographic embossing powder.

I still have two butterflies left that I am goidn to save for another card or in my art-journal.

Below are photos of the two finished cards.


Which card do you like the most?

Did I inspire you to try die cut monoprint? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading and create happiness today!

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