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Friday, May 17, 2013

Easy Butterfly Lever Cards {using washi tape}

I had been cutting various bags and boxes from the Great Gift Giving bundle and this post was supposed to be about the Gift Giving Baskets Cut Its. In fact, I started cutting out the chevron basket the other day.

The project came to a pause when I couldn't bring myself to clear the mat. The negatives look so pretty I had to save them and use the chevrons for something else.

Previously I had used contact paper to save my negatives but since I stocked up on those Target "washi tape", I decided to use them instead.


The paper tape worked really well holding the negatives together. I stick everything onto a sheet of white cardstock before concluding that I would use some of the chevrons right then and there.

The good folks on Facebook gave me plenty of suggestions on what to do with the negatives and after pondering for a little bit, I decided to use them on a card (of course! lol.).

I had every intention on finishing my basket and I did not want to spend too long on this distraction. I knew that the lever cards would be a quick project so I went ahead and cut out two of the butterfly ones. Paired with some vellum and printed washi tape, this is what I ended up with:

I made a slight adjustment to the lever card template and shifted the butterfly higher so that there is more room below it to place the chevrons. I cut out the butterflies with heavy-weight vellum and embossed one with a Sizzix embossing folder.

I was looking for something to go with the grey chevrons when I found my yellow chevron and  "handmade with love" washi tape. I though they went well with the yellow butterflies.

It is not my usual style to add stitched lines to my cards but in this case, I added them as it seemed to go with that "handmade" notion.

To make the grey chevron card, I glued down the chevrons, cut a flag shape out of the "with love" part of the paper tape, and adhered that onto the card.

To finish the cards, I rounded the corners of the cards with my corner chomper.


If you had missed my tutorial to make Lever Cards, click HERE to see it. To get your own Lever Cards Cut Its (SVG included), click here to go to the LD site. The file is available as part of the Great Gift Giving Bundle but it is also available as a stand-alone set.


  1. Love your cards! The yellow and gray look great together. I had no idea you could use washi tape like transfer tape, that's awesome!

    1. Me either. I just thought I'd give the tape and try and Eureka! It worked! :)

  2. Thanks for posting the new cut its sets. I always wonder what they'll look like finished. After looking at your posts then I decided it was a great deal!!
    Love you Jin!!


    Carmen L

    1. Thanks, Carmen! The bundle is a great deal, especially when purchased with a coupon. I hope that you have fun cutting it up because there are a lot of lovely boxes and bags in there. :)

      Jin <3

  3. Great use of the chevrons! I often am distracted with doing something or saving the negative wasted paper :D and we might get a 2nd project. Great job!
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    1. Thanks, Janet! I'm loving these scraps so much I think I'm going to have to use them on every card until they are gone. LOL! :)

  4. Gorgeous, Jin! You are so inspiring!!!