Hi, my name is Carmen. Welcome to Beyond The Fringe!

I love sewing, crocheting, paper crafts, painting, doodling and more. I also offer digital stamps and vintage graphics, many for free. I am a mom of 4 and a grandmother of 10 adorable grandkids, whom I love to make things for.

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Aug 28, 2012

How to make Acetate Butterflies plus Butterfly Images Link

Good morning,

Hope you're all having a good day! If not, hopefully this post will make it better.

I love to make my own acetate butterflies and use them on my projects. I thought I'd share that process today.

Here's a sample of a couple of them:
I added stickles and some rhinestones to the one above.
This one just had some rhinestones added.

These are incredibly simple to make. Here's what you need:

Craft Plastic (I buy the Recollections pad from Michael's).
A printer
Butterfly photos
Embellishments (stickles, rhinestones)

That's it!

All I do is insert the picture of the butterflies in Word and adjust them to the size I want.

I put a piece of the craft plastic in the printer tray, and click 'print' in Word.

Then I wait a while for the print to dry on the craft plastic. I wait maybe a couple to 5 minutes.

Then I cut them out and decorate them. Oh, and I usually bend them a bit to make them look more realistic.

Here's a Swirlydoos page by Lisa Gregario with TONS of butterflies on it in every color imaginable! 

I don't know about you...but I feel better! :)

Blessings, Carmen


  1. This sounds really cool - thanks for the link to the butterflies too. Hopefully this is as simple as you make it sound!

  2. Thanks for the tutorial and for all the amazing freebies you post. They are greatly appreciated.
    Lisa D.


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