Love is like a Butterfly… – Another stamping project

Love is like a Butterfly

Today’s post is a brand new one for me, stamping by myself for what is essentially my third ever tag and today the theme is the butterfly. Yesterday I took myself off to Hobbycraft, picked up some stamping essentials and came home and tried everything I had been taught. Alas, I didn’t have any of the wonderful Tim Holtz Distress Inks (however I will be ordering myself some tonight!) but I did give it a good go!

Pick and mix tag


First of all I cut myself out a tag, and decided on some colours. I went with green and purple, possibly my two favourite colours to pair together, and started to blend the colours onto the card until I was happy with the outcome.

Butterfly tag embellishmentsNext I decided what I wanted to do with my tag and how I wanted it to progress. I found a few embellishments (see photo above) and put them to one side.

Butterfly tag 1Next, it was on to stamping a layer onto the tag. I picked a new stamp I had, which has various clocks over it. Using the purple ink I covered the stamp and stamped it lightly over the tag.

Butterfly tag 2I then added some embellishments. Firstly, I added a roughly torn piece of card in the corner. I had previously blended the purple ink and then stamped the clock stamp across it.

On some separate card I had stamped both purple and green separately. I used this card to punch some butterfly shaped cut outs and added the green one you see above. I also added a plastic ‘With Love’ tile.

Butterfly Tag 3The next step was to add another butterfly on top of the green butterfly. I had a piece of card, stamped in purple, using a stamp which read ‘love’. I stuck this on top of the green butterfly to add a little more depth to this area of the tag.

As you can see, further up the tag I had begun to trail my cut out butterflies…

Butterfly Tag 4Using the cut out butterflies I made a trailing design up the middle of the tag, alternating the colour as I went along.

Butterfly Tag 5For the top of my tag, instead of ribbon, I used a purple soft wire (I don’t know if it has an official craft name) and I bent it so it formed zig zags. The only inspiration behind this was I wanted to make it just look a bit different from a standard tag.

Butterfly Tag 6Butterfly Tag 7On the top left hand side of the tag, I added a heart shaped embellishment which I made myself. I using the stamp which reads ‘love’ and the purple ink I stamped the card and cut out a heart in freehand. I stuck this to the card, added a butterfly to the bottom point and stamped a small peg in the purple, and used it to make it look as though it was holding the heart to the tag.

Butterfly tag 9

Butterfly Tag 10


And here is my finished tag! I didn’t know what I wanted to achieve when I first set out, but I am really pleased with what I achieved on my first solo effort!


I will be entering this tag into the following challenges:

Country View Crafts – ‘Pick & Mix’

Frilly and Funkie – Layer it on and share a word

Simon Says… – Anything goes

Try it on Tuesday – Time Flies






  1. March 5, 2013 / 5:07 pm

    Gorgeous tag hun! Well done you! Great to see you on the challenges too – They are a lot of fun. See ya later – The kids can’t wait to see you! ;o) xxxxxxxxxx

  2. March 5, 2013 / 6:40 pm

    Super tag ! Love the colours and all your details

    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Challenge this week


    Jo x

  3. March 5, 2013 / 7:40 pm

    Love the way you have blended your colours and added each of the beautiful elements to this tag. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie, hugs Jenny x

  4. March 5, 2013 / 11:14 pm

    You did a great job with your first tag, great colours and elements. Thanks for linking this to Country View Challenges this month.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  5. March 7, 2013 / 11:09 am

    A lovely tag and a great stepxstep! Thank you very much for sharing this with us at TioT!

    die amelie x

  6. Barbara Gelder
    March 9, 2013 / 4:30 pm

    A great tag and a great tutorial. Thank you for joining us on the TIOT challenge. Hugs Bee

  7. March 11, 2013 / 11:33 pm

    Gorgeous tag, love the inky background.
    Thanks for joining us at TioT

  8. March 20, 2013 / 1:05 pm

    Oh gosh! This is lovely! Love your butterflies! Thank you so much for joining in with the inaugural Country View Challenge! x

  9. March 31, 2013 / 12:08 pm

    A beautiful tag, very creative and a worthy entry to our first challenge at Country View Challenges. Thank you. Chris xxx

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