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Butterfly Basics

Hi All,

Since Wednesday’s card video was longer than usual, I thought I would make today’s card shorter and simpler. I’m calling it Back to Basics because it’s getting back to the original reason many of us got into this crazy card-making hobby… stamping. I used the Butterfly Basics stamp set to create this clean and simple card. Oddly enough, this card is one of my favorites in awhile. Sometimes less is more. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is a close-up of the design elements:

Butterfly Basics

Enjoy the video and have a great weekend!


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Crumb Cake strip 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches 1.3 x 14 cm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Butterfly Basics
Butterfly Basics
Stampin' Up! Bitty Butterfly Punch
Small Butterfly Punch
Stampin' Up! White Baker's Twine
White Twine
Stampin' Up! Garden Green Ink
Garden Green Ink
Stampin' Up! Wild Wasabi Ink
Wild Wasabi Ink
Pear Pizzazz
Pear Pizzazz Ink
Stampin' Up! White Ink
Stampin’ Up! White Ink
Hero Hues Black
Hero Hues Black
Stampin' Up! Whisper White Thick Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Thick White
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Micro Glue Dots
Micro Glue Dots
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape


  1. wrote on February 3rd, 2017 at 6:24 am


    True to form, this is another great card. I’m glad you used Butterfly Basics. It’s a favourite set of mine but has got overlooked for a while. I’m glad you reminded me to use it again. Also, love the way you used the crumb cake strip. It tied in very nicely with the rest of the card. Thank you once again, Darlene, for all the time and effort you take to bring this wonderful card community to us. You don’t miss a beat and I know everyone appreciates you as much as I do. Please never forget just how much you are appreciated!!!!

    • wrote on February 4th, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you so much Connie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. wrote on February 3rd, 2017 at 11:57 am


    I ditto that! Darlene thank you for this beautiful card. I am that person that wants to see layouts using the tools that got us started in the first place. Thank you for making this community so happy! Have a great weekend.

    • wrote on February 4th, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you Anita! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. wrote on February 3rd, 2017 at 1:11 pm


    Beautifully done Darlene!

  4. wrote on February 3rd, 2017 at 1:19 pm


    Wonderful card. I donรจt use this set nearly enough although I really like it. This is my kind of card. Beautiful but simple in a good way.

  5. wrote on February 3rd, 2017 at 1:29 pm


    Another wonderful card using an older SU set. I do have this set and I will definitely make this card..I love how you used the crumb cake strip and tied it with simple white string. Thank you so much for taking the time to make this video and sharing.
    Love it!

  6. wrote on February 3rd, 2017 at 2:14 pm


    Thanks for the wonderful inspiration! As always so creative in design. I have this set too and will pull it out with my SU! Supplies!! And I concur– we SO appreciate you!
    Julie L

  7. wrote on February 3rd, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Teresa S

    Darlene, simply thank you. This also ties in beautifully with one of my requests. Your tthoughtfulness for your community is also one of your many talents. I will be making tthis card for my sister-in-law today. Love how you revive an older stamp set with simple instructions and an understated elegance. Blessings!

    • wrote on February 4th, 2017 at 12:16 pm

      Darlene DeVries


  8. wrote on February 3rd, 2017 at 4:37 pm


    Gorgeous card Darlene, I missed buying this stamp set and I’m kicking myself for not grabbing it when I had the chance but, I do have a fern stamp and the butterflies from Pappillon Potpourri so I’m going to see if I can CASE your card.
    Love the fabulous contrast of the black butterflies and the different shades of green, just lovely.
    Thank you for sharing.

  9. wrote on February 3rd, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Carol Mac

    Ditto….what they said! Haha! Love this card and I have the stamp set and dies, so will definitely make this one! Thanks Darlene! ?

  10. wrote on February 3rd, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Barbara Young

    Just love this card!

  11. wrote on February 3rd, 2017 at 9:10 pm


    Very nice Darlene! Good to see the stamping! ??

  12. wrote on February 3rd, 2017 at 10:37 pm


    You never fail to make something lovely. Really enjoyed this tutorial. Your special touches are great.

  13. wrote on February 3rd, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Colorful Card Maker

    I really like this card! Your right, its simple but it’s not. I don’t have a die cutter but I think I do have a butterfly punch. I think I can do this or something like it. It’s my uncle’s birthday next week but he wouldn’t like this card or I would make him one. Tomorrow I will make him a card.

  14. wrote on February 4th, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Brenda L.

    Beautiful card Darlene, I so love that stamp set. Hugs, Brenda

  15. wrote on February 5th, 2017 at 5:08 pm


    Wonderful card, Darlene! Love the layout. It was funny, because when I saw the card photo, before watching the video, I thought the larger butterfly was die cut or punched from patterned paper. Never thought it was a stamp, until I saw the video! Thanks also for the twine-tying tip. Another method, which I got from watching Julie Ebersole, is to use cross-lock (self-closing) tweezers. Just do the first part of the tying, clamp the tweezers onto the twine where it crosses, and finish tying your knot or bow. Then just open the tweezers & slide them out. I use this technique, and it works great! I’m sure the glue dot works as well, but I just find them a little hard to fiddle with sometimes. Anyway, just thought I’d throw that out there. Thanks so much for another inspiring card, Darlene! ๐Ÿ™‚ ~ Andrea

  16. wrote on February 7th, 2017 at 11:56 am


    Hi Darlene! Wondeful, wonderful, card!! Ya know…I having been mulling over getting this stamp set for years now (along with the Watercolor Wings set) and now of course, after seeing your video, I HAVE to put it on my next order. Thanks again for the inspiration.

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