Mother’s Day Butterfly Card

Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May, which this year will be May 13.  I think flowers are always wonderful for Mom and this pretty card has flowers and a pop-up butterfly.  The butterfly is made of vellum. Only one wing is glued down to the paper so the other wing is free.  It looks beautiful, and though it does take some cutting of small pieces it really isn’t hard.

Flowers are either cut from flower-patterned paper or stamped and cut out.  Colored card stock is the base of the card with a piece of white so your colorful flowers and butterfly will stand out. Blossoms are arranged in one corner of the card with a few on pop-up dots for depth. The vellum butterfly is stamped or traced, colored and cut out then put into place fluttering over the flowers.  Accent the card with a ribbon and perhaps some glitter or gems.

Mother’s Day Butterfly Card


Vellum Paper I use 17 lb. letter weight  (Stampin’ Up)

Butterfly Rubber Stamp


Butterfly Image that can be traced onto the vellum

Ink I use both ink pads and colored markers

Card Stock white and colors

Printed Paper with Flower Design


Flower Rubber Stamp


Double-Sided Adhesive (My favorite is Tombo permanent)


Pop-Up Dots (optional)

Optional Embellishments:

Glitter and Glue Pen

Self-Adhesive Gems or Pearls

Small Hole Punch for Dianne Dots


Stamp butterfly on vellum.  If stamp design is mainly an outline I stamp in black or other dark ink.  If the stamp has a more filled-in design I use colored markers to color directly on to stamp.  If you do this, be sure to breathe a huff of breath onto the stamp to moisten the ink before stamping. (I tried to get a picture of this for you but it just looked like I was going to eat the rubber stamp!)

If you don’t have a butterfly stamp, you can print a butterfly image and trace it.  Put the vellum over the image and trace the main lines.

Color the butterfly image.  I think it looks best if you color both sides of the vellum.  I like using some lighter colored markers for  at least part of the wing so that light will still show through.

Carefully cut out the butterfly.  Some of these pictures show both antennae with the vellum cut out around them.  I decided it looked better to draw the antenna onto the card on the side that is glued down.  Figure out which way the butterfly will be placed on the finished card. Cut around the other antenna leaving a small margin of vellum.

A little glitter is a nice embellishment and with a glue pen is easy to add.  Put glitter on the sides of the wings that will face out – in other words, on the wing that will be adhered to the card, put glitter on the top or inside of the wing and on the free wing put glitter on the bottom or outside of the wing.

Once your butterfly is complete, you can create your garden.  If using flower-printed paper, cut out flowers.

If you are using flower rubber stamps you can stamp and cut out the images or stamp some directly on the white card stock and then stamp a few more flowers and leaves on a piece of scrap paper, cut them out and layer them with the others using pop-up adhesive dots.  Add pearls or other gems as desired.

Assemble your flowers in the lower right corner of the piece of white card stock, putting some blossoms on with pop-up dots for dimension.  Add a piece of ribbon (or washi tape) across the bottom, a little ways up from the edge, gluing the ends of the ribbon to the back. Layer the white card stock onto a mat of colored card stock and layer that onto the card.

Fold the vellum butterfly in half. Using double-sided adhesive, coat one wing of the butterfly and stick it in place.  Open the wings and draw the missing antenna onto the white card stock. Fold it back up so it is partially open, ready to alight on a flower.

Finish your card with a greeting inside and your signature on the back.

I’m not sure if the following is really an Irish blessing but it is a sweet sentiment:

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun.

And find your shoulder to light on.

To bring you luck, happiness and riches.

Today, tomorrow and beyond.

A small version of this card is simply a butterfly accented with Dianne Dots (a trio of paper dots made using a small hole punch, glued on with a glue pen).

It made a nice gift card for my sister’s birthday.

A very Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom and to all mom’s.

Thanks for fluttering by.


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16 responses to “Mother’s Day Butterfly Card

  1. I love this sweet concept. It looks like a lot of hard work but totally worth it in the end when you see mom’s face right?

    • The card that is in the first photo is the one that took the most effort. That is because I cut out so many little flowers and leaves and added glitter to the butterfly. The one with the poppies was less cutting and really not that hard. Either way, worth it for mom.

  2. Julie


  3. Wow! What a special card – all mothers should be so lucky. Sorry mom.

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  5. Beautiful card.
    Florence x

  6. oolalang

    I am so going to do this for my mom!

  7. Yay! The title of your post is perfect and completely agree with it. I’m honored that I inspired the card and you took the idea and put your own stamp on it. The basket looks great too – it looks like it is packed with her favorite goodies.

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