Cards

Welcome to my online shop where you can buy my cards & pay securely with PayPal.

My seeded paper cards means that the recipient can plant the card and watch flowers grow in their place. The seeds can vary from Wildflowers, Poppies or other flowers as the paper is bought from reliable sources & can differ according to stock. These cards are sold with a kraft (brown envelope).


I also sell C5 size cards which are on white card with a white envelope. The Cyanotype cards are inspired from my own original Cyanotypes and are hand painted with metallic paint. The Christmas Cyanotype cards are made using original Cyanotypes and are my biggest seller! They come in packs of 3 and each design is different, (they are also hand decorated with metallic paint).

Dandelion Seeded Card

New – on Wildflower seeded paper with Kraft (brown) envelope C5. πŸŒΏπŸŒΈπŸƒπŸƒπŸŒΈπŸƒπŸŒΈπŸŒΈπŸŒΏ 130gsm Plantable Seed Paper LUX – Wildflower Eco-friendly Biodegradable Sustainable.

Β£4.00

Wildflower Seeded Card

New – on seeded paper with Kraft (brown) envelope C5. πŸŒΏπŸŒΈπŸƒπŸƒπŸŒΈπŸƒπŸŒΈπŸŒΈπŸŒΏ 130gsm Plantable Seed Paper LUX – Wildflower Eco-friendly Biodegradable Sustainable.

Β£4.00

Happy Birthday Card

New – white card with white envelope A5. πŸŒΏπŸŒΈπŸƒπŸƒπŸŒΈπŸƒπŸŒΈπŸŒΈπŸŒΏ 130gsm Plantable Seed Paper LUX – Wildflower Eco-friendly Biodegradable Sustainable.

Β£4.00

Cyanotype Hare Card

New – white card with white envelope A5. πŸŒΏπŸŒΈπŸƒπŸƒπŸŒΈπŸƒπŸŒΈπŸŒΈπŸŒΏ Free p&p

Β£4.00

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Cold weekend

Another play at Droste this evening, this time it’s the beautiful Wood Sorrell from the fields near me. It was when it […]

Cards

Welcome to my online shop where you can buy my cards & pay securely with PayPal. You might be here because you […]

Cold weekend

The past few day days have been so cold but it has been lovely to get out and about! The image left […]

Cards

Welcome to my online shop where you can buy my cards & pay securely with PayPal.
You might be here because you have bought (thank you) or have been given (you must be loved!) one of my Cyanotype, seeded or handmade paper cards.

My seeded paper cards means that the recipient can plant the card and watch flowers grow in their place. The seeds can vary from Wildflowers, Poppies or other flowers as the paper is bought from reliable sources & can differ according to stock. These cards are sold with a kraft (brown envelope).


I also sell C5 size cards which are on white card with a white envelope. The Cyanotype cards are inspired from my own original Cyanotypes and are hand painted with metallic paint. The Christmas Cyanotype cards are made using original Cyanotypes and are my biggest seller! They come in packs of 3 and each design is different, (they are also hand decorated with metallic paint).

  • C5 162 Γ— 229 mm (16.2 Γ— 22.9 cm) (6.38 Γ— 9.02 inches).
    A5 148 x 210 mm (14.8 x 21.0 cm) (5.8 x 8.3 inches)

Gallery of Cards & Prints

These are a few of the original cyanotypes that will be on sale at No3 Heworth from June1st. Prices range from Β£15 (small) to Β£45 (large)

Dandelion Seeded Card

New – on Wildflower seeded paper with Kraft (brown) envelope C5. πŸŒΏπŸŒΈπŸƒπŸƒπŸŒΈπŸƒπŸŒΈπŸŒΈπŸŒΏ 130gsm Plantable Seed Paper LUX – Wildflower Eco-friendly Biodegradable Sustainable.

Β£4.00

Wildflower Seeded Card

New – on seeded paper with Kraft (brown) envelope C5. πŸŒΏπŸŒΈπŸƒπŸƒπŸŒΈπŸƒπŸŒΈπŸŒΈπŸŒΏ 130gsm Plantable Seed Paper LUX – Wildflower Eco-friendly Biodegradable Sustainable.

Β£4.00

Blank Card

New – white card with white envelope A5. πŸŒΏπŸŒΈπŸƒπŸƒπŸŒΈπŸƒπŸŒΈπŸŒΈπŸŒΏ 130gsm Plantable Seed Paper LUX – Wildflower Eco-friendly Biodegradable Sustainable.

Β£4.00

Cyanotype Hare Card

New – white card with white envelope A5. πŸŒΏπŸŒΈπŸƒπŸƒπŸŒΈπŸƒπŸŒΈπŸŒΈπŸŒΏ Free p&p

Β£4.00

Christmas Cards

Pack of 3 Original Cyanotype Cards with white envelopes C5. πŸŒΏπŸŒΈπŸƒπŸƒπŸŒΈπŸƒπŸŒΈπŸŒΈπŸŒΏ Free p&p

Β£9.00

Weekend Vibes (again!)

Welcome to The Weekend
At the moment all is busy – I have a craft stall at work selling my cards and prints. On 28th November I have another craft stall, this time it is Christmas craft at No3 Heworth again.

New to the site? Start here

June silence

Sorry for the silence but what a hot and sunny week this has been; of course now it is the […]

June

What a hot and sunny week this has been; of course now it is the weekend it’s gone cooler again! […]

Sunday Memories

It’s Sunday so let’s me take you back to some stunning sunrises and sunsets from a few years ago!

Golden Orange

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I managed to get out for a short walk on Sunday. The weather was very windy and wet but I needed to get a bit of fresh air as I was fed up of watching TV and reels on Instagram! I didn’t get very far as my arm was aching and I still can’t have anything like heavy coats and jumpers pressing down on my shoulder for too long. It was good to see how things had changed in over a week of me being inside.

My October window showcase at No3 is now on show (thanks to my parents) and I’m pleased at how well it looks. If you are in York take an amble over to Heworth for a look and a lovely cup of tea & cake.

Golden leaves – Sue Butler Photography
Mini pumpkins and gourds – Sue Butler Photography
SJ Butler Photography
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Hello June

Wow it’s been a week since my last post! I’ve just been so busy with work and gardening and all the other […]

Sweet July

Usually by now I’ve entered lots of photographic competitions and been in the local paper with my picture but this year I’ve […]

June

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Cyanotype Cats

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For the past three days I have been isolating as I am having an operation today. My right arm. I am right handed. So, I have been busy making some new Cyanotypes which I have made one of them into a new card available in my Etsy Shop.

I have only made a few at the moment to see how they go. Take a look you might like them if you (or the card recipient) is a cat lover. Or you may want to frame one to hang on the wall.

Starting to change colour from light green to dark green
Washing and drying the Cyanotypes – Some have come out better than others but that is the
beauty of it – you never know what you are going to come out with!
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April Cyanotypes

The weather over the weekend was glorious, so instead of visiting the Open Studios I decided to create […]

New 2022 Cyanotypes II

It was such a lovely sunny day that I created by first Cyanotype of 2022. Using ivy, ferns […]

New 2022 Cyanotypes

It was such a lovely sunny day that I created by first Cyanotype of 2022. Using ivy, ferns […]

Autumn cards

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Remember the handmade paper I was making that was inspired by my trips to Brimham Rocks & Breezy Knees? Well it is now dry and I’ve been busy planning out the cards and painting them and the dried leaves and flowers with handmade metallic paint.

These are how they look today before I place them onto cards (top row) the rest have been edited and maybe printed onto cards.

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Beautiful Flowers

Well this week has gone fast don’t you think? It has been such a warm & sunny week, I hope it stays […]

Cow Parsley

On my glorious bike rides through the back lanes, Cow Parsley, Anthriscus sylvestris, is starting to fill the hedgerows. It was used […]

Bluebells Season II

It’s that time of year again! What am I talking about – Bluebells of course! A 2 minute video of woodland full […]

Card Making

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Today I have been stock checking as I suddenly realised there is only 40 days until I am Miss October. Or rather 40 days until I am showcasing my cards and prints at No3 Heworth.

So I’ve been busy making cards to add to my showcase as you can never have to many cards! If you can’t get to York & want to purchase some I have a link for a few of my cards at the bottom. These will be selling at Β£3.50 (at the showcase or Β£4.00 free p&p online)

Purchase here

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Handmade Cyanotype Cat Card

C5 card comes with with envelope. Cyanotype print (not original) The card measure cm x cm and printed on card g/mΒ² – Card has FSC certification (The Forest Stewardship Council) Price includes postage

Β£4.00

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Handmade Cyanotype Cat Card

C5 card comes with with envelope. Cyanotype print (not original) The card measure cm x cm and printed on card g/mΒ² – Card has FSC certification (The Forest Stewardship Council) Price includes postage

Β£4.00

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Handmade Blue Tea Pot Card

C5 card comes with with envelope. The card measure cm x cm and printed on card g/mΒ² – Card has FSC certification (The Forest Stewardship Council) Price includes postage

Β£4.00

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Handmade Cyanotype Hare Card

C5 card comes with with envelope. Cyanotype print (not original) The card measure cm x cm and printed on card g/mΒ² – Card has FSC certification (The Forest Stewardship Council) Price includes postage

Β£4.00

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Cards

Welcome to my online shop where you can buy my cards & pay securely with PayPal. You might be here because you have […]

Autumn cards

Remember the handmade paper I was making that was inspired by my trips to Brimham Rocks & Breezy Knees? Well it is now […]

New 2022 Cyanotypes

It was such a lovely sunny day that I created by first Cyanotype of 2022. Using ivy, ferns and dried seed heads I […]

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Handmade Paper

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Earlier this year I decided to give making my own paper a go after completing a course in the the Art of Washi Paper in Japanese Rare Books – Keio University. Where I deepened my understanding of rare books and Japanese culture.

Art of Washi Paper
in Japanese Rare Books.

This course looked at the history of papers used inside Japanese rare books, and in other cultures across the world.

I learnt about the materials and technologies used to produce Japanese papers, particularly the use of traditional washi paper and also the use of design and decoration techniques.


The hardest part was choosing the right mould & deckle which is what you need to make the paper. I chose an independent small business who makes them on Etsy but you could also make your own. There are plenty of YouTube tutorials out there using and old picture frame, wire and staples.

This is my mould & deckle below in the process of making paper with flower petals.


Types of Paper Used to Make Paper Pulp

Many different types of paper can be used to make paper pulp at home. This includes newspaper (although the newsprint will give a gray look to the paper), uncoated junk mail, tissue or even clean toilet paper. Some types of cards and card stock can also be recycled this way.

You can easily customise your handmade paper with additives, such as seeds, leaves, yarns, fibers, or a wide variety of other items you can mix in with the pulp. I’m using flower petals here.



Prepare the Paper

Tear the paper and card into small pieces and put it in a mixing bowl. Cover the pieces with water and leave to soak.

Soaking Time

The paper should be fully soaked within a couple of hours, however, you may want to leave it overnight or even for a day in order for it to be fully soaked. This helps to break down the paper to make pulp.

Pulp the Paper With a Hand Blender

Use an old hand blender to pulp the wet paper mix. Blend the paper pulp mix until all the pieces have been removed and there is a single mass of paper pulp.

After the paper is thoroughly pulped add it to a large container and fill with water.

  • Stir your vat of pulp.
  • Hold the mould screen side up, and place the deckle evenly on top.
  • Holding them together at a 45 degree angle, dip the mould and deckle to the bottom of the vat and scoop up, holding the mould and deckle horizontally.
  • As you lift it out of the slurry, give it a quick shake back and forth, and left to right to align the fibers and make a more uniform sheet. Stop shaking before the sheet is fully drained.
  • Let the water drain to a drip.

Couching

Pronounced coo-ching.

β€˜Couching’ means to transfer the wet sheet from the mould to a flat, absorbent surface. Wool felts are ideal, but there are many other options: wool blankets, smoother towels, thick paper towels or bed sheets. Set up your felt with a board underneath and soak your couching materials.

  • Remove the deckle from the mould.
  • Place a long edge of the mould on the felt.
  • In one smooth motion, place the mold face down, press down, and lift from that initial edge. Think of this like a close the door, open the door, motion.

Pressing

Place a paper towel on top of your freshly couched sheet. With a sponge, press gently at first, then press firmly with as much pressure as possible I use a rolling pin to press my paper even more and get more water out.

Surface Drying

Find a flat, non-porous surface. I use a window or glass from a picture frame works well.

Take your wet sheet and gently press onto the flat surface. Make sure the edges are pressed down well.

When it is dry simply very carefully peel it off.

I love making handmade paper. Yes it is a bit messy but worth it! I think it is better to do this outside and when the weather is warm to try the paper quickly.

I like to stick it to glass (see below) that way it seems to dry better and also you have one flat surface and one rough (which I like).

I love been creative and it underpins my love of Nature, photography, sun-printing and any fine art practices.

The paper that is shown are available to buy in my online store as blank cards.


“When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something

Steve Jobs

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Prints for sale


Today I’ve actually added some prints for sale in my online shop. It’s only taken me 6 years to get to this point but if I don’t do it know while I have the time, I don’t think I ever will! Take a look and please let me know what you think.

Thank you – SJ Butler

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