Tech Tip : Creating Layered Butterflies Without A Silhouette / Die Cut Machine

Hello everyone! It’s Claudia here with you today.  Thank you for joining me. I have another tech tip for you. This one might be a little bit different but I hope that you will still find it useful. I don’t know if you are anything like me, but I absolutely adore ephemera pieces. I can never have enough and use them for a lot of different things. The August kit doesn’t come with an ephemera pack so I decided to create some DIY embellishments to kind of make up for it.

The first thing I did was select some papers from the kit I wanted to use to create some embellishments. Of course this depends on your personal preference. The next thing I did was pull out some punches from my stash, I got most of these for only a few dollars at a local store but I use them all the time. I also pulled out a (gold) glitter paper, but if you don’t have that you can use any other type of paper you do have.

I then started out punching a bunch of different shapes and put them together. To create a banner you just punch out a circle, cut it in half and layer the pieces on top of each other – you can make it as long as you want. For extra detail you could stitch through these to add more texture. If you have any stamps you could also pull those out and get creative in using them to create your own embellishments – the sky is the limit!


These are very simple to make so I decided to make something a little more ‘complicated’. I love butterflies so I thought that maybe it would be a nice idea to make some layered ones I could use for my projects this month. As suggested by the title I don’t have a silhouette or die cutting machine so whenever I want to do something like this I have to get a little bit creative. If you’re good at drawing you can of course draw the shape by hand. I went through my stash and found this butterfly ephemera piece that I thought would be good to use for tracing. If you plan on using the piece you choose in the future, just make sure to turn it over so that if you accidentally get some ink on it you can still use it.


After I’m done with the tracing I cut out the butterfly and use the one I had originally selected for tracing again but this time I draw an extra set of lines in between so I know that’s the one I should use to get a smaller butterfly which I will use for layering. I hope this doesn’t sound too confusing, but it’s pretty straight forward;


TIP: When working on your layers, try not too use 2 busy patterns on top of each other. Your end result will probably look better if you use a subtle pattern and a busier pattern on top of each other (for example)

After I layered the 2 butterflies on top of each other I added this small butterfly I had punched out earlier to finish it off. This, of course, is completely optional. You could also use a busy pattern for your first layer and use vellum for the second one to tone it down.



I created a few more of these and used them and the other pieces I made on this layout;


Thank you so much for joining me today, I really hope you found this tutorial somewhat useful. Of course this ‘technique’ can be applied to any shape; stars, hearts, circles, etc. Just go in your stash to find some ephemera pieces you can use for tracing and the possibilities will be endless.

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