Fluttering By to my Sweet Friend

Hello, sweet readers!  Diana here again to share a clean and simple card that is perfect for any occasion.  The front is a simple greeting to a sweet friend – inside you could write Happy Birthday, Hello, Thank you, or just a note of friendship.  Read on to see how I made this card.  Though clean in design, a lot of interest is added by use of a veritable rainbow of colors, along with gold and some sparkly rhinestones.


  1. Cut card base 8.5″ by 5.5″; score, fold to 4.25″ x 5.5″.
  2. Trim white cardstock to 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.
  3. Using very little ink and a light touch, sponge Distress Ink Evergreen Bough and Broken China on opposite corners.
  4. On watercolor paper, use Twinkling H2O watercolors to colorwash a vibrant background from which to die cut A Way With Words “Sweet” and “Friends”.  Carefully trim the “s” off of Friends.
  5. Die cut the full butterfly out of Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz. Reminder: A metal adaptor plate is REQUIRED for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz. If you are new to this technique, please review Els van de Burgt’s YouTube tutorial.
  6. Arrange die cuts on sponged rectangle and adhere with Tombow Multipurpose glue as seen on card.
  7. Use self adhesive rhinestones to make a trail from butterfly.



Thank you so much for looking (and for your kind comments)!  Have a wonderful day and hope you get some crafting in, too!




Elizabeth Craft Designs –

A Way with Words Sweet Smiles dies

A Way With Words Friends

Dancing Butterflies Die

Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz


Other – 

Metal adaptor plate (or Big Shot machine with Precision Base Plate)

White cardstock

Watercolor paper

Twinkling H2Os


Distress Inks  listed in the instructions

Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive

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  1. I love a simple yet elegant card like this. I’m breaking out my H20’s and shimmer sheet today! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I love your beautiful card. Your butterfly is wonderful in the gold shimmer sheets and of course you can’t beat a rainbow 🌈 of colorful letters. So pretty.