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With a few discarded mailing tubes, construction paper, and Fiskars Squeeze Punches you can craft these characters in under 20 minutes.
Recently I had my 14 year old niece Leah over for an evening and since I was working on this project, I thought it would be fun to have her do her own project with me. At one point, I handed her a lever punch and without saying a word, she started punching butterflies. No table, just out in the lawn. I’d say that’s a pretty good testimony! Leah and I each made a shadowbox design. We had a great time and are both happy with the results!
1. Punch 6 butterflies using Small Butterfly Lever Punch and adhere to background cardstock using a temporary adhesive. Place the butterflies in a random pattern that you can later machine stitch to create their path.
2. Lightly spritz the background cardstock with Glimmer Mist. Leah used purple and pearl sprays.
3. Allow background to dry completely. While it's drying, decide on a quote and then go through a vintage book and find the words you'll need. She used a butterfly punch in place of the word "butterfly" for her quote.
4. When misted background is completely dry, remove punched butterflies for negative print. She punched 3 butterflies using the vintage book page and placed them over the negative shapes, adhering just the middle, so that the wings are free and diminsional.
5. Place cut words on the left side of the butterfly trail and glue down. Handstitch around the butterfly. Leah had never handstitched before and enjoyed learning something new!
6. Use one of the Bracket ShapeTemplates to create a "frame" around the quote. She traced it lightly with a pencil and then prepoked her stitching holes and then proceeded to handstitch the design.
7. Add pattern paper to fill in the space above and below the quote, using the Scallop Paper Edger on the edges.
8. Machine stitch the butterflies path and you are set!
11x14 Shadowbox (I purchased this on clearance and painted it pink. I simply removed the glass)
Pattern Paper Scraps
Gems (for flower centers)
Black and Pink Embroidery Floss
Cream Cardstock (2 sheets, trimmed and glued together to create an 11x14 inch sheet)