Heart Butterfly Cards

I love the fact that St. Patrick's Day follows shortly after Valentine's Day. The "heart" theme from Valentine's Day flows wonderfully into a number of crafts for St. Patrick's Day, so I don't even have to put my craft supplies away. Just a little shift in color and theme and I'm onto the next holiday. I came up with these card ideas while putting together some St. Patrick's Day crafts that I'll be posting in about a week. Follow along and I'll show you how to make them.

Use a tiny heart-shaped paper punch to punch a bunch of hearts in various colors from a recycled magazine. I purposely searched for solid colors for this project, but I also think it could be very attractive done with punched newsprint or mixed color patterns.

Using a glue stick, glue the hearts in pairs in a random order onto a piece of card stock, aligning the tips together.

Use a pencil or marker to draw a body and a pair of antenna onto each butterfly.

Draw a wavy dotted line behind each butterfly representing the flight pattern.

Repeat the process with just one butterfly inside the card.

Some optional inside messages for this first card are:
- You're the only one for me.
- You give me direction.
- Love is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it eludes you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and softly lands on your shoulder.

Here's another example. Attach a row of hearts in a random color pattern, leaving a space for one heart. Then create a butterfly with matched wings flying from the open space.

Some optional inside messages for this second card are:
- You complete me.
- Together we can fly.
- Step out. Be different.
- I always knew you were special.

These are just a few examples. And if you have a larger heart punch, you can do larger butterflies.

I think this is a great idea for making easy cards, with the added benefit of recycling. It was really fun and I'm sure I'll be making quite a few more of these. I'll post pics if I do. And if you make some, I'd love to see yours!

Check out these great inspirations by Ficer at Ahsap Boyama Tasarimi.

And be sure to check out the endless list of inspirational ideas at my home page childmade.com.

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