Inspiration: Clean and Simple Watercolor Butterflies

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For today’s inspiration post, I broke out my Peerless watercolors to put together a simple card with rainbow watercolor butterflies. The transparency of watercolor backgrounds reminds me of open skies. What better to add to a sky than butterflies, right?! I submitted this to the Pin-Sights guest artist challenge, too, along with this card.

Watercolor Butterflies 1

To start, I washed two pieces of watercolor paper panels with clean water.  For the first piece, I dropped some blue paint on the paper and let the water do its thing. 

Then on the second panel, I chose a few different colors of paint and dropped random splotches of color on the paper, and again let the water blend the pigment. I didn’t want my lovely rainbow colors to mix into a muddy mess, so I made sure not to move the paper around much while it was still wet.

Once both papers were completely dry, I cut the blue one into the scalloped frame and adhered it to my card front with some handy-dandy foam squares.

Next, I picked out my butterfly dies and ran them through my Big Shot with the rainbow painted paper. 

To make the butterflies to stand out a little bit more from the blue ombré background,  I grabbed a shoebox lid to protect my surface. Then, I laid my butterflies in and then spritzed them a couple of times with some sparkle spray. 

Watercolor Butterflies 3

While those were drying, I started working on my sentiment. 

The sentiment is black cardstock which I die cut twice and stacked together to add a little dimension. No extra frills here – I simply glued it on with some tacky glue (which I find works better than glue tape for die cut words).

Watercolor Butterflies

Finally, to finish off my card, I added in my glittery watercolor butterflies with a little bit of glue. I tried to add sequins, but it didn’t look right. Less is more, right?

Thanks for coming by today! Do you like to use watercolors? Leave a comment below and tell me your favorite thing to paint 🙂

<3 Niki

EDIT: The original butterfly dies for this card are no longer available at, but the Leavenworth Butterfly Trio would be a fabulous alternative!

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    1. It’s hard to find a good dragonfly cut – I’m still searching. There are several already out there, but none that are light and airy like these butterflies 🙂

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