Butterfly Easel Card Tutorial and FREE Template

Hi Everyone

Welcome to my Butterfly Easel Card tutorial.  I have provided step-by step instructions below on how to create the card base plus a free downloadable .svg cut file for those of you who like to use digital die-cut machines. There are also a couple of hints for Cameo users who may be new to using files not purchased in the Silhouette Store.

If you do not have a digital die cut machine you can download a pdf file here and create a hand-cut template – sizing instructions included.

Note: Please see below as to why you will need the Designer Edition of Studio to use this file and why I cannot provide it in a .studio format. Also, you can see all the details and supplies I used to create this card in my original post here.

Butterfly Easel Card Tutorial

Download the .svg template here or pdf template here and cut the following pieces.
Note piece g) is a pre-cut Pink Paislee Chipboard Butterfly:

Next – you will need to complete the following steps: 

  1. Score and fold the large cardstock butterfly in half at the centre.
  2. Score and fold the top layer at the centre of the wings as shown
  3. Glue the large front face butterfly to the lower half of the folded cardstock base 
  4. This step is optional – but it gives a lot of structure to the card. Glue your liner large butterfly onto your cardstock base – you will need to trim the tips of the wings to accommodate the folded area
  5. Repeat all the above steps for your small butterfly pieces
  6. Glue the small butterfly base onto the large butterfly base – approximately one cm above the centre of the wings.
  7. Trim away areas of the small butterfly base which overlap over the large base for a neat finish
  8. Glue two pearls or rhinestones onto the card base to give the small butterfly some support when standing.

You will now have your card base and may decorate it however you choose. I have used a chipboard butterfly from the Pink Paislee Artisan Collection on the front – for further details of products used – please see my original card post here.

I strongly suggest you trial making this card with some scrap papers for practice – even cutting from copier paper will allow you to become familiar with the construction before you cut into your patterned paper supplies. 

Tips and Tricks
When you go to the link – here is where you can download the file.

Save it to your hard-drive and then open in Studio – remember to change the drop-down box to svg file type and the images will be imported into Studio.

The images are sized all ready to go – depending on your version of the software – you may need to go to the Cut Style Box and define the cut lines

This is my first time offering a download file and I would love to hear about how this works out (or doesn’t work out!) for you – please email me here and I will try and incorporate all feedback into creating a better tutorial. I have tried and tested all the files – and they definitely work  – but please understand I am not able to offer you individual support on how to use your Cameo machine!

Note: Due to Silhouette’s very restrictive licensing policy, I am not allowed to offer this as a .studio format download – I am sorry. It is my understanding you will need the Designer Edition of Studio to use .svg files, however – please email me if you have any questions 🙂

Post a comment with any questions
Lowri 🙂
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  • Reply snoopyncharliebrown November 11, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Found you thru Pinterest. Thank you ever so much for the file. The card is beautiful! So glad to have found you.

  • Reply Miriam Prantner November 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Great tutorial Lowri! I love that you included the regular cut out download for those of us who don't like to craft with our computers.

  • Reply lisa808 November 12, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Awesome card! Thanks for the tutorial and download.

  • Reply About Me November 12, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    Beautiful Butterfly card! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply BethW November 12, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    I have to hand cut-but I am definitely giving it a try.Thank you for the download and the great tutorial.

  • Reply Lynden Blossom November 12, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Thank You so much for this! It's Lovely and I'm looking forward to making some of these – ;-}

  • Reply doodlingdebbie November 12, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Lowri, thank you for creating and sharing this cutting file and of course, the terrific tutorial. Your card loos great! I love the papers you used. xxx -Debbie

  • Reply llurgy November 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your file. It is so pretty.
    Your instructions are fantastic too and greatly appreciated


  • Reply Tine November 12, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    This is a fabulous design, Lowri. Thank you so much for sharing with everyone. Love your paper choice too. Suits it beautifully.
    Tine (Addie24)

  • Reply Kelly Griglione November 12, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Thanks so much for sharing your download. What a fun and creative card!

  • Reply Mrs Frizz November 17, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Absolutely fabulous … don't have a machine, so hand cutting I will be … thank you for sharing.

  • Reply actionDentreprise VKuborne B Chaminade November 21, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    super joli : bravo!!

  • Reply ~Suzy~ January 24, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing your file!

  • Reply Bobbi January 31, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    I found this blog through Pinerest. I am so glad I did. This card is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. I love your blog. I will be back.

  • Reply LaurieT February 8, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing. So cute.

  • Reply Aussie Carolyn April 2, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Beautiful card, thank you so much for sharing the svg file.

  • Reply Véro November 9, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Thanks a lot for sharing
    kiss from France

  • Reply Rebecca November 29, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Oh so very nice – found through pintrest – thank you for sharing.

  • Reply Ros Crawford April 3, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Just came across this yesterday and had to make one … thanks so much … posted it today and linked back to you

  • Reply Adventures of a Crafty Traveller April 6, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Hi there, thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial. I don't have a printer or a cutting machine, so I used your dimensions and drew the butterflies by hand. I am extremely happy with the result. Thanks again 🙂


  • Reply nance April 16, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    thank you for your file and tutorial – very generous!

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