Here's what I pulled out of the ol' craft closet:
|Patterned paper, chipboard butterfly, sheer flowers, brads, and framed mirror.|
I adhered my butterfly directly to the patterned paper. I quickly and crudely trimmed around the edges like so:
Next, I used my fine tipped scissors to trim as close to the butterfly as possible.
|I love these scissors from EK Success. They're perfect for detailed cutting and trimming ribbon.|
To get the edges of my butterfly flush I sanded them with a cute sanding block (the attractiveness of the block is not a requirement, but it is a nice bonus). To avoid any buckling of the paper I started at the top of my butterfly and sanded down (no back and forth sanding). Then I picked up my block and repeated the motion until the edges were smooth.
|To add more dimension I adhered my butterfly to the frame with foam tape.|
Now this little ditty lives above my kitchen cabinets. I'm not a pastel-y person so I love the little polka dots of yellow and the touch of springy softness it adds without being pastel pale.
For me this project was free because I already had everything (the butterfly items were donated when I was filming some DVD segments for Creating Keepsakes and Paper Crafts magazine's Essential Scrapbook Video Collection), but I thought I'd break down the costs for all y'all in case you were interested in making your own Flutter-By Frame.
IKEA Mirror: $2.99
Doodlebug Design Brads: $0.04 (pack of 100 costs $2.44)
Maya Road Chipboard Butterfly: $0.06 (box of 114 costs $7.50)
Making Memories Flowers: $0.20 (jar of 60 costs $6.30)
Scenic Route Patterned Paper: $0.38
GRAND TOTAL: $3.67
As always, check out my project and LOADS of other amazing ideas here. Until next time, adiós!