Swallowtail Wall Decor


Swallowtail Wall Decor


Have you ever had one of those projects that started as one thing and morphed into something completely different?  That’s how it was with today’s project.  This started out to be a card and ended up being wall decor.

It all started with the Swallowtail stamp.  I haven’t used mine yet, so it was time to break it out.  The imaged was stamped onto Shimmery White paper with VersaMark and then heat embossed with Black Embossing Powder.  Using Sponge Daubers, I swirled circles of Daffodil Delight, Pumkin Pie and Real Red and then pulled the colors together with a Aqua Painter and cut the whole butterfly out.

This is where the morphing began.  I really wanted to use the whole butterfly, and thought about going with a larger, square card, but as I played with the butterfly, I decided to snip it in half.  So I created another half of a butterfly on a 5″ x 5″ piece of Shimmery White paper and repeated the process.  Creating a card was still my goal at this point.

Then the idea of having the butterfly hover over a big, red flower entered the picture.  What started out to be a slightly fluffed up, kind of flat flower turned out to be a very 3-D flower.  I could see that using an envelope was quickly become a problem!


Blossom Punch Flower


See what I mean?  Okay, it’s not a card project anymore.  Now what?  Wall decor?  Yep, wall decor.  Next problem… no frame to properly fit the design.  Hmmmmm.  Oh, look!  A box top (sorry, box of cards).  To cover the box top and create a ‘frame’ for my art, I cut a square hole in a piece of Brushed Gold paper and wrapped it around the sides of the box top.

I had already stamped leaves using the Secret Garden stamp set and Garden Green ink, so my flower would have a base, but since most of it was now covered in addition to looking a little insignificant next to the mile-high flower, I added a few leaves cut out with the Secret Garden Framelits Dies.


Stampin Up Swallow Tail


I hope you enjoyed today’s project.  Now here’s my question… Have you ever had a card morph out of control into something else?  Please leave a comment and tell me your story!


UPDATE ON DISCONTINING COLOR SUPPLIES:   Since the news of the Color Refresh for the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog, several of the discontinuing colors of card stock and ink refills are selling out.  As of Sunday, April 15, 2013, the following items are SOLD OUT:  Card Stock:  Certainly Celery (still available in 12″ x 12″), Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, Regal Rose card stock  and the following Ink Refill Colors:  Baja Breeze, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose and River Rock.

Color Refresh Chart


Please note the discontinuing colors list on the bottom of the Color Refresh Chart above.  If you wish to order any of the colors still remaining, keep in mind that they are only available while supplies last.




Stampin Up Swallowtail StampSUPPLIES:  Stamp Sets:  Swallowtail and Secret Garden;  Paper:  Shimmery White, Real Red, Garden Green and Brushed Gold;  Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Garden Green and VersaMark;  Tools and Accessories:  Heat Tool, Black Embossing Powder, Sponge Daubers, Aqua Painter, Blossom Punch, Glue Dots, Big Shot, Secret Garden Framelits Dies, Paper Snips and Stampin’ Trimmer.  Non-SU:  6″ x 6″ x 1″ Box Top.


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  1. Anonymous

    Beautiful. Love the idea with the butterfly.

  2. Dale

    Hi Cindy, just saw your wall piece on Pinterest, I do Parchment craft and I would love to buy the stamps to see if it would work. I know I cannot use too much moisture on parch so it will be trial and error. Regards Dale Gray

  3. Anonymous

    This is soon amazingly beautiful!

  4. kathy tanner

    This is so amazingly beautiful Cindy! I love your idea of cutting the butterfly, I hadn’t thought of that and it looks wonderful.
    Gorgeous colouring too!

  5. Roberta B

    How beautiful! I love the Swallowtail and now I want to do more with it. Thank you so much for sharing!

  6. Cindee Wilkinson

    WOW! Your framed art is simply GORGEOUS! I love how you blended the colors on the butterfly beautiful.

  7. Penny Nichols

    Okay, WOW. That is all I can say. Now I know why you are on design teams.

  8. Jenny

    Beautiful. What a clever idea. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Kelly DeTommaso

    Cindy, this is great! I’m so glad your shared your experience and amazing project. Your rock!

  10. Andrea Gideon

    Cindy your design is beautiful. I guess great minds think alike. Yesterday I made my Swallowtail the same way by cutting it in half. I am going to be posting it today. It looks different than your but it is similar idea. I hope you don’t think I copied 🙂
    Thanks for sharing

  11. Diane

    What a beautiful butterfly, just a stunning design.

    Regards diane

  12. Patti MacLeith

    Cindy, this is beautiful! Your butterfly is so gorgeous! That flower is so fluffy–it looks like a rose. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Rita

    LOL Cindy, your process cracked me up. It turned out into a lovely project for sure!

  14. Debbie

    Oh, Cindy, that is absolutely stunning! Isn’t stamping for your home as much fun as a card?! I love your butterfly and that flower is gorgeous! TFS

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