Butterflies are so pretty and can be almost magical. They remind us of spring and summer and sometimes memories of loved ones gone too soon.
In this post, I’ll be reviewing how you can cut and assemble my newest layered design, this cute layered butterfly on a Cricut Joy! The file can also be cut on bigger machines. This design is perfect for anyone to work with—kids or newbies as well as experts.
This design has six layers that stack to create a colorful butterfly.
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Materials Needed To Make A Layered Butterfly
- 65lb. cardstock
- Foam Tabs
- Art Glitter Glue – This is my favorite liquid adhesive glue (there’s no glitter in it).
- Light grip mat (blue)
- Cricut Joy – or your favorite cutting machine
- Design #125 – Layered Butterfly SVG – My free SVG cut file (available in my freebie vault—get the password at the bottom of this post).
How To Cut And Assemble A Layered Butterfly
Below you’ll find a short video tutorial or scroll down a bit further for written step-by-step directions.
Once you’ve downloaded unzipped the design (#125) from my Freebie Vault, upload the SVG file to Cricut Design Space. If you’re not yet a subscriber to my email list, you may sign up (and receive the Freebie Vault password) at the bottom of this page.
New to Design Space and looking for help with how to upload? Click HERE to find directions to get started.
For this project, let’s first focus our attention on choosing colors. You may select each layer and change the color to closely match the cardstock.
Next, size your project. Because I cut the butterfly on my Cricut Joy, I set the height to 4.25″ as I will be using a light grip mat with cardstock. 4.25″ is the maximum width the Joy will allow when using a mat.
Using a brayer to adhere cardstock to your mat will ensure the paper is firmly on the mat and help reduce tearing while cutting.
Once cut, turn the mat upside down and place on your work surface. Remove the mat from the paper by gently bending the mat away while holding the paper flat on the work table. This helps reduce curling and ripping when removing paper from cutting mats.
To adhere the bottom layers, I start with the second from bottom layer and place Tombow Foam Tabs on the backside, avoiding cut out holes. I then expose just two of the top pieces and adhere them to the bottom layer. Use the table to line up the layers so they’re perfectly aligned.
Next, turn the two layers (still just adhered by two tabs) over to expose the remaining uncovered tabs. Remove the backing and here the remaining tabs. Repeat this step with all layers except the very top layer.
Because the size is smaller, I choose to glue the top layer in place instead of cutting foam tabs. This was personal preference as you really could glue or use foam spacers.
The purple butterfly is the one cut on the Cricut Joy. The pink and yellow were cut on my Maker. It’s difficult to tell in the photo, but the pink butterfly has foam tabs between all layers, including the top.
Download My FREE Layered Butterfly SVG File By Subscribing Below To Get The Password To My Freebie Vault
DOWNLOAD the Layered Butterfly SVG – Design #125 by entering the password to my Freebie Vault. Click HERE to go to the freebie vault, my library of free downloads. To sign up for a password to my free designs, enter your name and email address below. ⬇️