Shadow Box Butterfly Card – JAI272

Good morning!  As always, I’ve left my JAI post until the last minute.  It’s been a busy week but who can resist a challenge that’s all about butterflies?

I had initially planned to do a framed Monarch butterfly (think the “Kodak” orange & black butterfly) using a shadow box frame border.

But, when I was Googling instructions for making a shadow box frame, I came across Dawn’s version of a shadow box and totally changed tack.


This shadow box is super simple, very easy & a big wow!  You can decorate the ‘box’ however you like.  The scoring on each end makes it stand up for display, but it squashes flat for putting into an envelope.



Did you know that the two sets of butterfly framelits/thinlits coordinate with each other, giving you an intricate butterfly and a solid butterfly in the same size.  This is the small size.


I adapted Dawn’s measurements to suit Australian card front size.

To make a shadow box:

  1. Cut two pieces of cardstock 4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″ (I also cut a piece of DSP slightly smaller than the back piece – 4″x 5-3/4″ and adhered it to the back piece before scoring)
  2. Score each piece of cardstock 1/2″ & 1″ from each short side
  3. Cut a shape from the middle of the front piece of cardstock using a framelit of your choice (I used a circle)
  4. Fold your front & back pieces so they sit out from the middle (Dawn’s video shows this well)
  5. Using a strong adhesive such as Fast Fuse, stick together the ends of the card
  6. Decorate using your favourite SU! products.


I hope you’ll make one of these cards.  They were amazingly easy and look magnificent!  If you’ve got some time to craft today, you may also want to play along with JAI 272.  Butterflies are very popular right now and make a great theme for cards. Kelly x

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20 thoughts on “Shadow Box Butterfly Card – JAI272

  1. Great shadow box Kelly! Looks beautiful! Love all the colours you’ve used and the English Garden DSP looks so pretty behind the butterfly! Thanks for playing along this week at Just Add Ink. Rochelle xo

    1. Sorry Kelly, something strange happened to my comment!
      This is indeed a magnificent card! I love the colours you’ve chosen and your shadow box sets the scene so beautifully for your layered butterflies. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink again 🙂

  2. This definitely wowed me Kelly! The little pops of bright colours really creates the feel of a vivid moving garden especially with the eye catching butterfly. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

  3. This is just delightful, Kelly! I love that you kept the front of the shadow box plain, to highlight the gorgeous patterned paper, and the few finishing embellishments. The sentiment label looks fabulous. Thank for playing along with us at Just Add Ink, and for sharing how you made this beautiful card.

  4. Last minute should be my middle name, Kelly. Glad I’m in good company. Thanks for playing along at JAI again this week. Your shadow box is so sweet. Great choice of colours & patterns to support that cute butterfly.
    Di 🙂

  5. Hi Kelly,

    This is a really cute card (and your pink one was adorable) and I’ve seen a demo on this not to long ago. But I have one question. If you are giving this to someone, where would you put any additional sentiment, or who it was from, etc., (like you would do if you just opened up a regular card)?



    1. Hi Lani, I used white cardstock for the back piece, so my intention was to write directly on the back of the card – does that make sense? If you used a dark colour, you could also add a mat to the back so you had a writing panel. Kelly x

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