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Memory Box Project by Tracey Collett: Watercolour Butterfly Frame

Memory Box Dies offer such a great versatility to your crafting by inspiring you to use your dies for more than just cardmaking. Here I show you how to use cardmaking techniques to make a lovely watercolour butterfly scene in a frame, a perfect gift idea or home décor piece!

  • Papercraft
  • < 1 hour
  • Beginner

You Will Need:

  • Pigment Ink Pads – rainbow colours (docrafts, distress inks etc.)
  • Water
  • Paint Brush
  • Memory Box Butterfly Spectacle
  • Square Frame (I used a 6” x 6” frame)
  • Cardstock – Watercolour Card
  • Coloured Cardstock for Die-Cutting
  • CutNBoss – Die-Cutting Machine
  • Memory Box ‘Just Because’ Stamp Set
  • VersaFine Black Ink
  • Acrylic Block (1 small for sentiment and 1 large for creating the background)
  • Glitter Spritz Spray
  • Heat Embossing Tool (for drying your project, if you prefer)


  1. Cut a piece of watercolour card to the size suitable for your square frame (I used a 6” x 6” frame).

  2. Take the large acrylic block and start putting pigment ink on the block in a random fashion to create a rainbow effect. Spritz the block with water so that the inks start to merge and then take the watercolour cardstock, place it on the top of the acrylic block of watered inks, and gently smooth and rub so that the ink spreads onto the card stock, leaving a lovely watercolour effect.

  3. Peel the card off the acrylic block and allow it to dry. (You can use a heat gun if you wish to speed up the process.)

  4. Once the main watercolour effect is dry, take one of the pigment ink colours, place some of the ink on a glass mat, and then add some water so it becomes watered down enough to use a paintbrush to pick it up. Simply flick the watered-down ink onto the cardstock using the paintbrush, creating a splatter effect.

  5. Allow your project to dry completely, and then, using a glitter spritz spray, cover the cardstock to give it a sparkle effect.

  6. Whilst the watercolour card is drying, take the Memory Box ‘Butterfly Spectacle’ die and die-cut the design from a piece of brightly coloured cardstock; I recommend using cardstock that coordinates with the frame or ink colours you have used.

  7. Once your main layer is completely dry and glittered, stick your butterfly spectacle die-cut onto the top half of the card, centring it over the watercolour background you have created. This should leave enough space at the bottom to allow you to stamp a sentiment.

  8. Finally, take your chosen combination of sentiments from the ‘Just Because’ Stamp Set and your VersaFine Ink and stamp the sentiment below the die-cut. Allow the sentiment to dry. Now fit your project into the frame, and voila! You now have a lovely gift or home décor item!

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