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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Video Tutorial: How to Pop Up Butterfly Wings with MTC

So because you asked for a tutorial on the Pop Up Butterfly from my Beatitude Card post, I made a video tutorial just for you! :-) 

I used Make-the-Cut, Lettering Delights' Cloud Nine SVG, and Cosmo Cricket's Social Club cardstock to make the card.

Please note that the cutout is really thin. In the video, I did not adjust the size of the butterfly but I did reduce the image when I made the actual card to approximately 3.5" wide thus making the cut even thinner. I had to use my Silhouette SD cutter for this card because I was not able to get a good cut from my Gazelle. If you own a Gazelle and can get a good cut of this (with a 3.5" wide butterfly, regular printer paper) with it, please tell me what settings you used. I used Force 1, Blade 1 (click holder), and Speed 3 on regular printer paper and got a mess.

Cut with the Gazelle

Cut with the Silhouette. Notice the thin sliver.

If you can't get a good cut with your cutter, you may want to increase the width of the Shadow Layer. Try not to make it too wide because it may distort the overall look of the card.


  1. COOOOL! TFS Jin...

  2. So pretty!!! :-)

  3. Can you tell me why you would leave the double line? could you achieve the same effect by doing a blackout? I'm still learning...=)

  4. Ideally only a single line should be cut out but I wasn't able to achieve that easily and accurately. If you do a blackout, it will retain the single line between the body and the wing so that when you cut, the whole wing part will be cut out.

  5. I AM SO EXCITED!!!! Thank you for the video! You make it so easy! I an very excited to try this out. You are AmAzInG!!!

  6. Thank you so much for the video. I have that beautiful svg set. I'm definitely going to try this one out.

  7. ahhh, yes, that makes sense! Thank you for taking the time to explain it to me! =)

  8. Thanks for showing us how to do this! I loved your card!
    sweetheartcopper at msn dot com

  9. Thanks for the tut. I can't wait to try it. I'm one of the crafters that had to keep the cricut for now. I don't know if it will work, but I'm going to give it a try. I tried your elephant card, the one with the nine little elephants, it turned out so cute. It makes me smile every time I see it. Thanks.

  10. OK, I see the post is back up. I have pictures if you want to see and the butterfly was 3.313" across the fullest part of the wings. I only have the original blade holder with blade barely sticking out.

    The first cut I used very thin DCWV paper at speed 3, force 1. Cut beautifully. Only thing is I tried to get rid of the double line you have and used a different boolean join so the wings were cut totally out. But still cut out perfect. I redid it to pop up and again with this paper even with the sliver, cut perfect.

    Next I used regular Staples printer paper. Same speed and force. Only snagged on the left wing in two places. Not really that bad. A little trim and I probably would have used it in a pinch.

    Second cut on printer paper I thought I would retract the blade to see if it would cut better. Speed 3, force 1, less blade. Tore up the bottom wing and looked like your cut on the wings (jagged left side). The roller caught it and pulled it off. Ok, not good. On to next one.

    Third cut printer paper, left blade as is (really retracted) and decided on Speed 1, Force 1. It came out absolutely perfect! So even though my DCWV paper is really thin, it has nothing on printer paper. It must be a different animal LOL.

    I know this is long (sorry) but I wanted to give you a play by play to help you out. My mother always says I am too thorough and should just shut up sometimes. ^__^

  11. Thanks for testing for me, Becki! I am using the Pre-set blade holder and the Blade setting of 1 that I used was already at its most minimum. I can't retract it below 1. The almost perfect Silhouette cut (printer paper)that you see in the photo was done on a first try. When I made the same cut on Cosmo Cricket cardstock, the Silhouette cut the thin sliver perfectly.

  12. Well, I received my Sil today. Hoping sometime tonight I can set it up. I want to make a couple vinyl projects before company comes over next week. One I actually have to use my Cricut because it has the cut I want on a cart. Poor bugger hasn't been used in months. :(

    I think I will use the Sil for PnC & small vinyl projects and GZ for everything else.

    You're welcome on testing. If you need anything else, just let me know. A gun to shoot the GZ?

  13. Thank you for this tutorial! I was able to do this in SCAL following your directions.

  14. GREAT, thank you very much!

  15. Awesome! I have none of these tools but am going to try this with my exacto knife! The instructions are all so good and I want to say Thank You!! :)

  16. You can achieve the same, by using Photoshop or another image editing software and a sharp Exacto Knife. No need for expensive machines and separate compatible software. Just print the card out with the basic silhouette, partly cut it out to pop up. Then create the image to go on top of the card's pop-out design - print and cut it out and attach it to the card's pop-out design. I just saved you a bunch of money.