Swallowtail for Connie and Mary

Today I am sharing a card that I made for a sketch challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary. Connie Babbert and Mary Brown host a weekly Stampin’ Up! only challenge, and this is my first time participating. I am cuckoo over this week’s sketch and simply couldn’t pass it up. Here’s my card:Swallowtail, A Dozen Thoughts, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, CCMC263

And here’s the challenge badge for this week’s sketch:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Stamp on Designer Series Paper.  My original idea was to stamp this big ‘ole moth over a rainbow of pastel colors.  As I started gathering cardstock I thought would work well, I stumbled on some strips of Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper.  No, seriously.  I LITERALLY stumbled on them, slid two feet on the Fungeon floor and smacked my head on a box of washi tape.  I decided the Swallowtail would look great stamped on light pieces from this Epic Day set of papers.  Since I chose to feature more of the Pool Party here, I allowed Calypso Coral to be the accent – and made the card base with Calypso Coral.
  • Round the Corners.  I like that this sketch rounds the corners in the bottom, right of the card.  Since my corner punch went missing a couple of months ago (my original one – which has since been replaced – took an adventurous trip down the interstate on the roof of a customer’s car), I forget that corner rounding is even an option.  Duh!  It’s always good to be reminded.  I like a rounded corner – and I especially like when just one or two corners are rounded like in this sketch challenge.
  • Stamping with Offset Pieces.  Want to know how I stamped the Swallowtail on these pieces while maintaining the appropriate amount of space between them?  I cut out my Designer Series Paper pieces and applied 2-way glue to the back of each piece.  I let the glue dry (the glue becomes a temporary adhesive when dry) and positioned the pieces on a scrap piece of paper with small gaps between each one.  I then stamped the Swallowtail in Jet Black StazOn over the center of the pieces.  My pieces were ready to mount on Basic Black cardstock.  Woo hoo!

Stamp sets:  Swallowtail, A Dozen Thoughts  Papers:  Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Epic Day This & That Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Jet Black StazOn  Accessories: 3/16″ Corner punch, 2-way glue pen

Thanks for stopping by today.  I enjoyed hanging out and sharing this card.


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  1. Could you be so kind as to email me the cutting instructions? Loved your card!

  2. Oh my! No serious damage after stumbling, I hope, Brian!
    Love the card. Will have to think of some way to use this idea too. 🙂

  3. Connie & Mary will be so pleased to see your entry! Love the stained glass look you accomplished with this Epic Day, couldn’t be easier! If only I could remember to stamp on Designer Paper! Love the vertical sentiment. This card’s a Winner!

  4. Nothing short of magnificent!

  5. Love your take on the sketch incorporating Swallowtail, Brian. CCMC is one I like to play along with regularly.

  6. WOW ! I agree with Patti that this is a winner So love what you did with this stamp . He can be so overwhelming but, you have done a great job displaying him . And what about this sketch ? I love how you used it !! Connie and Mary will be glad to welcome the King to their entries !!

  7. Drum roll here … Wow! What an elegant design, Brian. I wouldn’t necessarily consider Calypso Coral and Pool Party to be “elegant colors” but adding the swallowtail butterfly stamped in StazOn and the black matting DOES make this design SO ELEGANT!
    And I’d better mention the one corner-punched section which is a simple, but “just enough” addition to the design to put the card over the top!
    Applause, applause, applause, Brian! (And thank you, yet again, for sharing another outstanding project with us as well as your daily dose of humor!)

  8. Wow, this is an awesome card Brian, and a winner if you were to ask me! I love what you did with the butterfly, stamping in alternating colors of DSP. What a fabulous effect. Sorry it took you a smack in the head to realize it! And how is it that I don’t have either of these stamps? Hmm, must remedy that situation 🙂

  9. Love your card, Brian! I love the variations of the colors and the butterfly is perfect for this sketch. Thanks for joining us this week at Create with Connie and Mary.

  10. Beautiful card. I often forget about stamping ON DSP – very nice effect here!

  11. Oh my goodness!! how fabulous!!! and I remember some not so good comments about this gorgeous stamp when if first came out!!! I think it’s all about the way you display it’s beauty, either whole or in parts. At first I also thought that, even if it’s beautiful, it was to big but I’ve seen it in so many projects where they use just sections of it and I truly love it. Each part of this butterfly is amazing, so detailed so you can’t go wrong with it, no matter how you present it.
    You did an amazing job with this stamp in this card, so sorry if it took a smack in the head to come up with the right combination of colors, I think you’ll agree that the pain was well worth it. I hope the pain is gone by now.

  12. Such a beautiful card! Love the moth! I too forget to stamp on DSP.

  13. Wow…LOVE the color blocking you did with the DSP…really makes it POP! The moth was a great choice for your wonderful card! SO glad you joined us this week for the first time! Thanks for playing along with the sketch challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!

  14. Awesomeness! I love the Swallowtail stamp & you’ve taken it to a whole new place!

  15. I love your card as always! What a great idea to stamp the Swallowtail on the DSP like that! I’m so glad that made it out of your trip across the Fungeon floor unscathed! You never cease to amaze me! 🙂

  16. 2 thumbs up! Thanks for the inspiration and the laughs!

  17. I love your blog. I always learn something and get a chuckle. Thanks so much for the inspiration, Brian!

  18. Fantastic pairing of the stamp image with this sketch. Love it!

  19. You are a true magician, Brian!! So clever you are! Great color combo and love the Moth stamp….you are the Master! Enjoy your Sunday!

  20. I’m still stuck on the fact you have an entire BOX of washi tape. LOL!
    I love the sweet little corner-rounded inside, which makes an additional “wow” factor to an already gorgeous card. TFS, Brian.

  21. You are kidding…. I am so stumped on this challenge and you create THIE GORGEOUS work of art! OMG I WANT your creative brain cells. I’m stealing this, LOVE IT!!!! Not for the challenge but for me.

  22. Wow!!! This is just stunning. I also forget about stamping on DSP. What a great reminder and a beautiful card. Love It.

  23. love this card!!! love the stamping on the dp and the colour combo. By the way, just how big a box of washi tape do you have Brian??

  24. absolutely stunning! I have not liked the swallowtail stamp…saw a few cards that started to change my mind…but this is a major enabler….LOVE it!

  25. I am not a fan of this stamp, but you have brought out it’s beauty. Thank you.

  26. I have never been crazy about the swallowtail stamp, but your use of it is beautiful. Thanks!

  27. This is gorgeous! Love the way you stamped on the dsp! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  28. Brilliant as usual. This will definitely be a case card. Thanks for another wonderful card idea Brian!!!

  29. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    I am a random corner-rounder!! 🙂 Sorry to hear about your slip in the Fugeon Brian, but hope you are okay & so glad it produced such a STUNNING result!!

  30. Wow! I love this! The colors are great! Love how you used that ginormous butterfly…makes it look a lot less intimidating like this! Thanks for playing the Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge this week!

  31. Thank you for answering “How did he do that?” before I asked it. Beautiful card.

  32. This is gorgeous! I love the hi-lighted look against the soft colors of the DSP! Thanks for joining us in the sketch challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

  33. I love this stamp and am so glad you used it for this challenge because it looks GREAT!! Super choice of colors and papers and love the black for definition and drama! Glad you joined Create with Connie and Mary Challenge for the first time; hope you will join again!

  34. Dear Brian, I know you routinely crank out terrific cards, but please believe me when I say that this card is beautiful, unique, and very special. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

  35. You hit it out of the park with this one! Stunning!

  36. I am soooo glad you decided to join us this week Brian! Your card to total perfection! LOVE how you used the Swallowtail background stamp on the wonderfully colored panels! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

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  38. A fellow stamper pinned your card and I had to pop over to say BEAUTIFUL! This is a stunning use of this gorgeous butterfly!!

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