I went through all of my greeting cards this past weekend. I sorted into piles of crafting and piles of keep and piles for garbage. The kept more than I probably should have but they had sentimental value. The crafting ones I am using for this art project. The cost of this project was minimal. The cards were free. The butterfly paper punch was maybe $2.99, clearance at a stationary store. The frame I had laying around, and I couldn’t find anything to do with it. I bought a double mat at 40% off. The rest was stuff I already had.
I went to work cutting out a whole lot of butterflies. I selected the portion of the card I thought was the most colorful or decorative. Some had sparkles, some had pattern and some had embossing. I wanted to get an assortment of colors as well.
The next thing I did was get a scrap piece of paper that I drew my grid on. I measured the opening of the mat board, then measured rows and columns to my liking. After that, I transferred the cross marks using a needle so what was left were little holes where I was going to glue my butterflies.
I wanted my butterflies to pop up a little. I made sure I had enough room in the frame, that is why I chose a double mat. Everywhere I had a hole, I glued down a small bead. I’ve had these beads since I was in elementary school. I am glad I am finally finding a use for them.
Once the glue was dry I started gluing my butterflies to the beads. I assorted my colors so they would be mixed in the finished art. I first glued all of the blue, then the green, then magenta and so on.
Once everything is glued on and dried, assemble the frame and you are done!
Ta-da! Nice, eh? I love this so much I might make a couple more.