Category Archives: Swallowtail

Calendar – February 2019

For Christmas I gave my parents and my auntie a calendar I had made with a postcard sized piece of art on each month… so today I am sharing their February artwork.

I decided to choose one of my favourite stamps… Swallowtail and stamp and heat emboss it and then use sponge daubers to add ink. I just love how these came out.

I also added lots of splatter and some distressing on the edge. I also added the month stamp (a Paperartsy one).

Happy crafting!


Color throwdown ctd492

Decided to choose a challenge to play along with… And #colorthrowdown took my fancy this week…

… what pretty colours… And as I did some gelli plate printing I remembered it and ended up with a perfect background for the challenge by brayering off in between prints.

I cut up the background to make two panels.

The larger square I decided to use for the challenge… I must admit that the red is slightly more pink looking on the photo but still I am happy with it.

I white heat embossed the Swallowtail which was the perfect size for the panel.

I mounted it onto the white cardstock and then onto the light grey cardblank.

The second card I heat embossed the art deco image with black ink and clear embossing powder and then added white paint pen accents.

I mounted it onto a white linen card blank to finish off.

Really happy with both cards.

Happy crafting!


Butterfly postcard art swap

This month I joined in another swap over at postcard art Facebook group and the theme was butterflies… so of course Swallowtail had to come out to play!

I started by heat embossing it with a dark red/brown embossing powder onto the mountboard panel. Then added colour to the butterfly using a mix of Aged Mahogany, worn lipstick and Fossilized Amber distress oxide. After a few layers of the oxide applies with a water brush I then also added the fossilized amber to the rest of the background and flicks of the aged mahogany. I heat embossed the sentiment from Crafters Companion and also edged the card too with archival inks. I then added a generous amount of wink of Stella to the butterfly.

Then to seal I heat embossed the whole panel with clear embossing. I did this several times especially over the butterfly. This gave it a smoother feel in the centre.

Hopefully from the close up you can see the smooth texture and some of the shimmer to the butterfly.

Love how this came out and very tempted to make another to keep. Hope the recipient likes it too.

Happy crafting!


Happy birthday KJ!

Today is one of the princesses best friends birthday… so we have been partying this afternoon. 

Of course I had to make her a special card. 

I chose to play with distress oxides (again!) because I just can’t get enough of playing with them. I made a background by swiping the colour on the cardstock and then spraying it to blend. This provides a stronger depth of colour. I still did some more inking on top to create more layers though. 

Then once it was dry I inked the Swallowtail stamp with Versamark and then heat embossed it.

I then made a second background using the same colours and did a blended background and splattered on the Wilted Violet ink and some water droplets. 

I mounted both of these onto Basic Grey cardstock and layered them up. 

For ATC’S sake … #46 and #47

Two fairly simple atcs this time… this was a stamped Swallowtail on a piece of copy paper I used to mop up a Brusho rainbow I had used for another project about 8 months ago. It then sat there getting crumpled and not being used… so here is the perfect way to use them. I cut them both to slightly smaller than ATC size and then edged them with black ink. Next I added a layer of versamark and clear embossing powder and then embossed them. 

I love the mottled shiny finish this gives them. I love the vibrancy of the colours that the layers of embossing gives them too.  I had forgotten how much I love brushos… think they may have to come out to play again very soon! 

I then mounted them onto some navy thin cardstock to frame them. 

A simple pair of ATC’S that would make very good card toppers too! 

Happy crafting! 


Mixed media card class… flutterbys

Tonight it is time to make cards with my friends and this time I decided to make a whole load of butterfly cards.  I gathered four stamp sets with butterflies and used different medium and techniques to make the samples.  Wonder how the gang will get on with them?


Love how varied they are and how lovely they all are.

Happy crafting!