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Swallowtail Square Card

Swallowtail Square Card Header

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This card was made at my, “Everything Winged” Workshop along with three other projects. In keeping with the name of the workshop all project themes had to do with birds and butterflies.  The Stampin’ Up! Swallowtail stamp was perfect for the idea I had for this particular card. The Swallowtail can be stamped in any color choice. For this card I wanted to do a vintage, collage look. The workshop attendees thought these projects were fun and different, especially the peacock project I’ll be featuring next week.

Swallowtail Square Card Final


Here’s the “How to:”




Very Vanilla 4-14″x 8″ scored at 4-3/8″ (card base) and 2″ x 5/8″ (inside sentiment)

Elegant Eggplant 4-5/8″x 4-1/2″ (card back) and 2-1/4″ x 7/8″




Ink up the Swallowtail stamp in Perfect Plum and stamp it along the front flap of the Very Vanilla card base, making sure you line up the edge of the Swallowtail to the edge of the flap. Only a partial image will fit.

Swallowtail Square Card Inside


Ink up the floral image from the Butterfly Basics in Baked Brown Sugar (soon to retire) 🙁 and stamp it on the inside of card where shown in the photo.


On a scrap of Whisper White, ink up and stamp the sentiment, “Live with an open heart” in Garden Green.  Stamp the “Happy Birthday” sentiment on to the 2″ x 5/8″ piece of  Very Vanilla.


Distress the edges of the front of the card and the indie with Baked Brown Sugar and a Sponge Dauber.




Closely trim around the Swallowtail’s wing, leaving a little border. Cut along right side of the wing only. I made another card cutting out the whole wing, which looked good as well.


Ribbon Hole Placement


Pierce two holes on the card base; one in the middle of the crease and one at the middle of the Swallowtail, close to where the top part of the wing and the bottom meet.


Cut about a 16″ piece of purple and white Baker’s Twine. Starting on the front, thread the twine through the hole on the wing, bringing it to the inside of the card. Make sure to leave a tail.  Next, thread the twine through the other hole bringing the twine to the back.


Wrap the twine across the back and secure it with a few dabs of All Purpose Glue on the back.


Layer and adhere the “Happy Birthday” sentiment on to the 2-1/4″ x 7/8″ piece of Elegant Eggplant. Then affix it to the inside as shown.


Cut out the “Live with an open heart” and adhere it to the front of the card.


Layer the Very Vanilla Swallowtail card on to the 4-5/8″ x 4-1/2″ Elegant Eggplant base, making sure the twine comes out in between the layers.


Tie the Baker’s Twine into a pretty bow and trim. My bow isn’t tied in the photo. Opps!


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Stampin’ Up!: Cloisonne Swallowtail

Stampin' Up! Swallowtail Cloisonne Frame

I don’t know about you, but when I first saw this Swallowtail Stamp, I said, hmm,”That stamp is BIG!”  I first thought it was too BIG to use on a card unless you used a portion of it.  After awhile I found myself going back to it in the catalog with different ideas for using it and finally bought it. This is one of the many ideas I came up with.  I wanted the Swallowtail to resemble cloisonne.


Cloisonne Bowl

Cloisonne is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects, in recent centuries using enamel, and in older periods they used inlays of cut gemstones, glass, and other materials. The decoration is formed by first adding compartments (cloisons in French) to the metal object by soldering or adhering silver or gold wires. These remain visible in the finished piece, separating the different compartments of the enamel or inlays, which are often of several colors. Cloisonne enamel objects are worked on with enamel powder made into a paste, which then needs to be fired in a kiln.


I think this Swallowtail accomplished that with the compartments formed by Gold Embossing Powder!  Place it in a pretty frame, as this one is, and you have another great Mother’s Day gift!

Stampin' Up! Swallowtail

Here’s what to do to achieve a Cloisonne Swallowtail:


Stampin' Up! Cloisonne Swallowtail


1.   On a  5″ x 7” piece of Whisper White Card Stock stamp the Swallowtail in VersaMark, sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder and melt with a Heat Tool.


2.   Now take Stampin’ Markers and color in the Swallowtail’s compartments with your choice of color(s). For my Swallowtail I chose a different color palette for each quadrant of the Swallowtail; Pinks, Blue/Purples, Greens and Orange/Yellow.


3.   Once you finish your coloring, make sure you wipe the gold embossed areas with a tissue.  Remember the Embossing Resist Technique?  Well the same holds true here and the gold areas will resist the color, which also means the color will stay wet on the gold.


4.   Once the Swallowtail is all cleaned up, cut it our carefully.


5.   Choose a background card stock, I chose Certainly Celery, and place it in a frame.


Hope you enjoyed this project share,  Now go and make an inspiration!



Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


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