Inlaid Flutter Plate | by Tracey McNeely


Springtime is full of wildlife and beautiful butterflies. For today’s Tuesday feature I am going to be showing you how to use a single cover plate die and some watercolour to create a beautiful inlaid die cut butterfly scene. I have created a short video to show you how I created my watercolour panel that I am pulling the inlaid die cut pieces from.

I will be using the Birch Press Design Flutter Plate C for my design. I use a small board to do my watercolouring on. Start off by taping a piece of watercolour paper down to the board using some painter’s tape. Use a flat brush to wet the paper with clean water. Then use a round brush, I used a #2, to add red, bright pink and purple to the panel concentrating the colours to the three areas where the butterflies on the cover plate are located. I added a first layer and then dried the panel with a heat tool, then added more colour to the areas that needed a bit more and then dried the panel again.


Cut the Flutter Plate C from black cardstock and adhere the black die cut to a white card base securely.

Use Flutter Plate C to cut the dried watercolor panel. Before removing the watercoloured panel  from the die, flip it over and run adhesive tape over the back of the butterflies right on the die. This will make it easier when inlaying the pieces so they will stick to the card base.

Now one butterfly at a time and working either from top to bottom or bottom to top, which ever you find easier. Piece the watercoloured butterfly into the black butterfly on the card base. I use a poker to help free the pieces from the die cut.

The butterfly body and antennae were cut from silver sparkle cardstock. A sentiment from the Birch Press Design Close to the Heart stamp set was added to finish the card off. In the end you have a card with of great texture and interest!

Make another quick and easy card by using the negative die. Pop it on to a white or coloured card base and you have another beautiful butterfly card!

I hope that you enjoyed today’s post and you are inspired to try your hand at inlaid die cut design. Remember that we always post here on Tuesdays, see you next time!

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