I enjoy sending handmade cards, whether it be for a birthday, thank you, or just because. Recently I had several notes to write so I thought I’d try and make some cards. I browsed Pinterest for inspiration and happened across this pin. The link led to a private blog so I searched for a butterfly template and came with a couple different variations.
I called this card the 2-In-1 Butterfly Cut-Out Card because once you cut out one butterfly you have enough pieces for two different cards. It can be used for whatever occasion you like, just change the message. Perfect for birthdays, thank yous, or even just a note.
You Will Need:
- Butterfly Template Printed on Card-stock at Regular Size (I used this one from Babytalk Bungalow.)
- Butterfly Template Printed on Card-stock at Smaller Size (I copied the original template and set my printer to reduce it to 25%, you may have to play with your printer or computer settings to get the right size)
- Blank White Cards and Envelopes
- Colored or Patterned Paper
- White Card-stock
- Paper Cutter
- Double-Stick Tape or Glue
How To Make It:
- Cut out the large butterfly template(s), you can choose whichever one you like best or cut out all four and try them out to see which one you like best (I used the one on the lower left of the PDF because it fit my card size best).
- Cut out a piece of the colored/patterned paper that is the same size as the front of your card (My cards were 5.5″ x 4″, so out of one piece of my construction paper I was able to get 4 pieces the size of my card along with two 1″ strips which come in handy later for the message).
- Fold this in half and trace half the large butterfly on one side. You don’t want to trace the middle of the butterfly so line it up like in the photo below. Now cut this out. You’ll now have two different pieces.
- For Version 1: Tape/glue each piece centered to the front of a blank card. Cut a 2″ x 1/2″ strip out of both your colored/patterned paper and out of white cardstock. Write your message on the paper and glue/tape it centered on the card as show below.
- For Version 2: Cut 1/4″ off each side of the stencil piece and then cut it in half. Cut the butterfly in half also. Now arrange them on the card as shown below (make sure that the sides that face up don’t have pencil marks on them, if so flip them over and reverse them) and tape/glue them down. (The reason that you arrange one card one way and the other reversed is because if you were to have them both face the same way one of your pieces would most likely have pencil marks showing.) Write your message in the corner as shown below.
- Cut out the small butterfly template that is the same as the large butterfly you used for the cards.
- Cut out a 1.5″ x 1.25″ piece of the colored/ patterned paper. Following the directions in step 3, trace and cut out a butterfly. Glue/Tape the butterfly wherever you want on the envelope (I chose to put it on the front in the lower left-hand corner).
- Repeat step 7 for however many cards you are making so that each has a nice envelope to go with it. Now you’re done!
These cards are super easy, don’t take a lot of time, and are perfect to use for any occasion. So now that I’ve shown you how, it’s your turn to make a few.
~The Paper Cutter (who also frequently nibbles and wields a needle)
Whenever I have a note to write I usually make a card. Mother’s Day was no different. I browsed Pinterest searching for Mother’s Day cards. I came across this card from Creative Cake-Tea and decided to make my own. Since the blogger didn’t give many specifics I figured I could share how I did it with you in case you want to make this card as well. Now I know that I’m late on posting this. I left making the card to the last minute (Saturday night) so this blog post was not near ready in time. However you could use this card for any occasion by changing the message on the tag or you can also file the idea away for next year. Either way hopefully this is helpful for those of you who (like me) try and write every note on a handmade card. What You’ll Need:
- Blank White Card and Envelope-Mine was 4″ x 5.5″ (you’ll need to adjust the size of everything so it still looks proportional if you use a significantly larger card)
- White Card-stock or White Textured Paper (I used a textured white paper that I had in my scraps instead of white card-stock)
- Scraps of Assorted Colored Paper (You’ll need green, whatever colors you want to use for your flowers, and whatever color you want to use for the tag.)
- 2 .5″ piece of ribbon (I used a 1/4″ sheer ivory ribbon.)
- Heart Punch-Mine was 1/2″ from point to point
- Paper Cutter
- 1- Hole Punch Tool
- Double-Stick Tape or Glue
- Colored Pencil (for writing “Happy Mother’s Day” on the tag)
How to Make It:
- Make your tag. Cut out a 2″ x 1.25″ piece of colored paper. On the wrong side of the paper use your pencil and ruler to mark 3/8″ from each edge on one end just as shown in the picture below. Now cut diagonally from point to point. Using your 1-hole punch, punch a hole in the tag like shown below. Out of the white card-stock or textured paper cut a 1 3/8″ x 1 1/8″ piece of paper. Write “Happy Mother’s Day” on it using your colored pencil. Tape/Glue this to the colored tag. Thread your ribbon through the hole in the tag and tie a knot (a single knot works, just pull it tight). Make sure that the ribbon ends are relatively even on both sides.
- Make the Flowers. Punch four hearts for each of the three flowers out of your colored paper. Use however many different colors as you want. I made each of my three flowers out of the same color. However, for one I used three different shades, for the second I used two different shades, and for the third I made it all out of one shade. Just choose your colors and whether or not to do different shades based on what you like and what you have on hand. It looks good either way.
- Now you will need to arrange the petals (hearts) into flowers. The easiest way I found was to first put a small piece of tape on the back of one of the petals. Flip it over and then add one petal at a time and overlap the one before it, pressing it against the tape so it sticks. Once you get to the last one you want to position it so it is overlapping the one before it but is also under the first one so that the first overlaps it. Make sure that you firmly press the petals to the tape so they stay put. Now set the flower aside (make sure it’s upside down since the tape will still be on it). Do this for each set of four petals so that you end up with three flowers.
- Cut your stems. Take your green piece of paper (it will make it easier if it’s almost as big as the front of your card) and lay it on the front of your card with the flowers arranged where you want them (make sure the side with the tape is facing up so they don’t stick to the card) as I did below. Now trace approximately where you want the stems (make sure you make the tracings wider than you want your stems to be so that when you cut you don’t end up with pencil marks). Cut your stems out. I did end up having to erase some of my marks because otherwise they would have shown when I cut out the stems. As long as you have a good eraser though, it’s not a big deal.
- Assemble the Card. Using tape/glue attach the stems to your card. Attach your flowers to the stems on the card (your assembled flowers should already have tape on the back that’s holding them together so just use this to adhere them to the card). Using tape/glue attach the tag to your card.
- Make a small flower to embellish the envelope. Cut a 1″ green stem. Cut out another four hearts and form a flower just like you did in step 3. Tape/glue the stem to the lower left hand corner of the envelope and then attach the flower.
- You’re done! Now add a sweet note saying how amazing your mom is (because if she’s anything like my mom, she’s amazing), because a pretty card means nothing without a sweet message!
Hopefully this is helpful. Feel free to ask me a question below if I wasn’t clear on anything.
~The Nibbler and Needle-Wielder and Paper Cutter (since this project didn’t involve any needles or nibbles)
For the first post on this blog I thought it appropriate to share a post directly related to the blog name and actually my blog’s header image. So if you’re gazing at the header image thinking, “I want those cookies,” here’s the recipe for you.
Yesterday some really good family friends stopped by for a short visit. One of my younger brother’s first reaction to hearing when they would be arriving was: “We need to make cookies.” Which he did, specifically he made a double batch of the classic chocolate chip cookies.
This recipe, from Betty Crocker’s Old Fashioned Cookbook, has become one of our favorites and we make them relatively frequently. They’re super easy, pretty quick to make, and taste delicious.
So go make a batch, or two!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup Butter, softened
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups (12 oz.) chocolate chips
Heat oven to 375°. Cream butter and sugars. Add in egg. Stir flour, baking soda, and salt in small bowl. Add dry ingredients to wet mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Bake on ungreased pan for 8-10 minutes or until lightly brown.
Makes 6 Dozen.
Click to download the recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies from Nibbles and Needles.
~The Nibbler and Needle-Wielder