Monarch Butterfly for a Day of the Dead Card

Homemade card using Butterfly Framelits and Halloween Night DSP from Stampin Up! Card design by Natalie Lapakko.

Monarch Butterflies for the Day of the Dead

This card honors some of the more traditional, but perhaps less well known aspects of the Day of the Dead (a celebration that coincides with Halloween). At this time of year, monarch butterflies start to arrive in Mexico at the end of their annual migration. Traditionally, these butterflies are believed to either be carrying the spirits of dead ancestors making their annual visit home.

There are so many monarchs in one place that these tiny creatures actually weigh down the branches of trees.

Did you know that the generation of monarchs that migrates South lives longer than the summer generations? Summer monarchs live six to eight weeks, then the final generation migrates and lives through the entire winter, six to eight months. They breed in the Spring, and the next generation flies North again.

Tic Tac Toe Challenge Inspiration

I am playing along with Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #70!


I made this card one day before the challenge was published, and I was so excited to see when the challenge came out that I had covered almost all of the options with one card! I may have had some sort of premonition, because I almost got a blackout bingo this round! I used all of the tiles except for Ribbon/Twine. I even tried adding some baker’s twine before even knowing about the challenge, but it didn’t add to the design of the card, so I removed it. Sometimes simpler is better!

Monarch butterfly card by Natalie Lapakko with Butterfly Thinlit Dies and Halloween Night DSP from Stampin Up!

Stained Glass Thinlit Technique

I recently posted a new technique to make stained glass-like images with thinlit dies quickly and easily. For a full tutorial and more images, go check out that post… or continue on for the condensed version.

  1. First, sponge Daffodil Delight in a circle about 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter on a piece of Whisper White cardstock.
  2. Blend Pumpkin Pie ink with the outer edge of the circle, then expand the circle with Pumpkin Pie until it is large enough to cover the entire Butterfly Thinlit Die.
  3. Cut out a Basic Black Butterfly Thinlit. Lay it out in a piece of Basic Black cardstock. Loosely trace around it with pencil, then remove.
  4. Cover the traced shape completely with snail adhesive, the replace the Basic Black Butterfly Thinlit cutout and stick it down.
  5. Cut out a second Butterfly Thinlit from the yellow/orange inked cardstock. Take care so none of the pieces fall out of the die!
  6. Lay the entire die with all the pieces inside directly on top of the Basic Black Thinlit Butterfly Cutout that was adhered to a background paper. Use your fingernail or a tool (like a push pin) to poke out all the pieces. Pieces are poked directly from the die, through the black butterfly, and onto the adhesive below.
  7. Once all the pieces are poked through, remove the die. Burnish the butterfly to make sure all of the yellow/orange “holes” are firmly adhered to the background, then carefully remove the yellow/orange outline. You are left with a monarch butterfly!

Butterfly Card Directions

After making the butterfly, the rest of the card is fairly easy.

  1. Cut a Whisper White card base.
  2. Cut a Basic Black panel 1-1/2″ (3.8 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Cut a Whisper White panel 1-3/8″ (3.5 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. Cut a polka dot piece of Halloween Night Specialty paper the same width as the card base and 2″ (4 cm) high.
  5. Adhere the panels together.
  6. Stamp three leaf images from Falling Flowers onto Cucumber Crush cardstock with black ink. Cut these out using the May Flowers Framelits.
  7. Arrange the branches and adhere. For added depth, use dimensionals, curl up the ends of the leaves, or both.
  8. Fold up the wings of the butterfly and adhere along the entire body with glue dots.

Day of the Dead card with Butterfly Thinlits and Halloween Night DSP from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Bright Halloween Color Combination

The colors in this combination are Halloween inspired and I even use Halloween papers, but they don’t have to be just for Halloween. The three main colors are bright and happy, which works well year round. Basic Black outlines every shape on this card, which gives everything a very graphic appearance like a comic book. I love the way this makes everything really pop out!

Color combination: Basic Black, Silver, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!


Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Cucumber Crush (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Halloween Night Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Falling Flowers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: May Flowers Framelits, Butterfly Framelits (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: glue dots

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  1. Wow, this butterfly is stunning, Natalie. Love the bold colors against the black. So interesting to read about your Monarch facts, too. Thanks for joining us this week at Stamp Ink Paper!

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