I found a fabulous piece of framed art using the Swallowtail stamp from Stampin’ Up! and I pinned it so that I could make my own version. The original one was shared on Stampin’ Connection, a demonstrator only forum by Debbie Blake. Her butterfly was done slightly differently and quite a while ago but it is absolutely gorgeous.
I stamped the Swallowtail onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured it using the Melon Mambo Blendibilities. Once coloured I cut it out and then covered it with a thick layer of Crystal Effects. I left it to dry for about 24 hours with a strict warning that no-one was to touch it or put anything on top of it! I embossed Whisper White card using the Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder and placed it into a frame which I had on hand, leaving the glass behind the embossed card.
Debbie had explained that she had put several layers of Vellum card underneath her butterfly to get some real dimension. To do this I traced around another butterfly which I had already cut out and then I cut five vellum butterflies. Once they were cut out I layered them behind the coloured butterfly and trimmed away any of the vellum which was poking out from behind the coloured butterfly. I attached all the butterflies together behind the butterfly body using the new Fast Fuse adhesive, because I wanted it to be strong. Then I placed a row of three dimensionals onto the bottom vellum butterfly, about an inch from the butterfly body. I continued with the other butterflies until the coloured one was attached. I simply used Glue Dots on the back of the butterfly to attach it to my embossed background.
This looks so pretty sitting on the table beside the bed in my spare room. Thank you so much Debbie for the inspiration.
I really would love to hear what you think.
Bye for now,