Using the Negative Spaces, Martha Stewart Paper Punch Tutorial.

I am in love with Martha Stewart Paper Punches. I’ve been using them in my projects whenever I get the chance. What I love so much about the Monarch Butterfly punch is that it not only gives you a customizable embellishment with the detailed butterfly, but that you can use the negative space left behind to create beautiful things as well.

The main tools I used for this card were MS Monarch Butterfly Punch and Copic ABS2.

I cut a strip of paper to the size of my greeting card and punched three butterflies in it.

I then airbrushed BOTH the butterflies AND the strip of paper they were punched from. I used Copic Markers V06 and RV 34. Airbrushing works best when you use really vivid colors. I first sprayed on V06. I let it dry a little, then went back and forth with the Colorless blender. I let the blender distress the V06 and then I sprayed on the RV34.

One mistake that I made was to use cheaper cardstock. I thought that if I wasn’t blending, it wouldn’t make much of a difference. I was wrong, as the edges of the punch became a little frayed once the ink was sprayed on.

After the airbrushing was done, I embellished the butterflies further with a clear atyou Spica. I doodled a design on the negative punch strip with a Wine Colored Copic Multiliner.

Then I stamped my card with a sentiment. I wanted it to look a little vintage, so I used sepia ink. Yes, I did make this card open backwards. No, it was not on purpose. I’m telling myself I did it subconcsiously due to the recipient’s affinity for Manga.

Then I secured my custom embellishments with Xpress It tape. Et viola, I had a one of a kind, backwards card!

Here’s a close up of the finished embellishments:

And of course, no post is complete without a freebie! Thanks for stopping by!


About gallifreycraftingcompany

I love and train flying monkeys, color with copics, scrapbook what I color, read like a fiend and enjoy every minute of it. I'm a New Yorker that sought better weather, and I enjoy crafting outside by my pool and walking the beach.
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38 Responses to Using the Negative Spaces, Martha Stewart Paper Punch Tutorial.

  1. Jocelan Perry says:

    Thanks for the great digi.

  2. Peggy Oliver says:

    I love MS punches as well! nice job on the airbrushing!
    Thanks for sharing Colleen..


  3. JoAnn Weiss says:

    I love the Martha Stewart punches as well……have quite a few. Just saw a demo on HSN for the butterfly punch & HAVE TO BUY it!!! Thanks for your info & freebie!

  4. carla says:

    Neat idea1

  5. Love your negative space idea, and thanks for the lovely freebie.

  6. Jennifer says:

    Wow, never seen the airbrushing before. Very cool! Thanks for the digi!

  7. cmsmith60 says:

    I love this project…I have a butterfly punch by Martha Stewart and hope it’s the same one! Thank you for the freebie.

  8. Your card is beautiful. I love the Martha Stewart punches also. I’m still trying to teach myself to use the Copic markers – so not sure I am quite ready to air brush. This such a pretty vase of star lilies. Thank you!

  9. Gail says:

    Love the punches too!! I use them when I am too lazy to design with the Expression Machine!! Thanks Colleen!!

  10. Gail says:

    Missed you at the Intermediate Class in Phoenix. I think I have a solution for masking the leaves while airbrushing the flower using the MS waterlily punch.
    I cut out 5 one inch scalloped circles with an old Friskars punch. I then position them under the flower pedal covering up the leaves. Hope this helps, you are awesome!!

  11. Gaijinjoy says:

    A lovely, non-cute freebie. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

  12. Carol B. says:

    How fun to use the negative space and your airbrushing is really nice. I love finding new things to do with my ever-growing punch collection! Thank you for the lovely lilies.

  13. Ruth says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial. I have that punch, and love it. Your use of the negative space is a great idea.

  14. Teresa says:

    How pretty! Thank you!

  15. Esther says:

    Thanks very much for sharing this lovely vase of flowers!

  16. Cindy says:

    TY for the freebie! 🙂

  17. Sue says:

    This is beautiful. Perfect for Mothers Day. Thank you.

  18. Carol L says:

    Your card is just lovely, and the digi image is equally beautiful! TFS!

  19. snehal says:

    Thanks for the tips and for the freebie

  20. Sarah says:

    thank you

  21. Pam says:

    Love it, thanks!

  22. Kelley says:

    Thank you for the tutorial. I wonder if my lefty husband would know how to open your card! 🙂

  23. Terrie says:

    Thank you for the beautiful flowers!

  24. Ewa Nilsson says:

    Thank you!!!

  25. Sue says:

    Really pretty card, love the distressing and the doodling. thank you so much for the starlilies, they are gorgeous

  26. Silverbutterfly says:

    Lovely, thanks….

  27. Lisa says:

    thanks for share your gorgeous image,thank you for the tutorial
    the card is beautiful
    I wish you many more creative years
    hope you have a marvelous Day

  28. Thank you so much for the freebie. with hugs Shirleyxxxx

  29. Charlene says:

    Thank you for this gorgeous vase of flowers. Love your card that you made. Thanks for showing us how you made the butterflies and the strip on the bottow (that you cut the butterflies out of).

  30. Kym Weber says:

    Gorgeous vase of starlilies! Thanks so much for the image!

  31. Josephine Cox says:

    Love your card and the starlilys are beautiful. TY

  32. mamichelle says:

    Great card and thanks so much for the digi! It’s so pretty!

  33. Loraine L says:

    Hi thanks so much for the star lilies vase. So pretty. You are one talented woman. Thanks for sharing your talent.
    Loraine L

  34. Shelly Schmidt says:

    The=anks for the punch tip- and for the beautiful digi!

  35. JANE DUSELIS says:

    loved the technique. It makes your card look very finished and polished.

  36. Danielle says:

    Great ideas with the negative space. Thanks for the freebie.

  37. Martie says:

    Thanks for the digi – how perfect for Easter.

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