One Layer In-Colour Swallowtail

by Joanne James19. June 2014 11:00

Today I'm having another of those 'something old, something new' days, which is quite fitting given that my card is being entered for this week's challenge over at The Paper Players where they are celebrating their 200th challenge. I really enjoy participating in this challenge and try to make a card for it each week. I didn't manage it last week (life and birthdays got in the way!) but a quick thank you to Nance for the pick the week before for my Golden Anniversary wedding card (you can see it here if you missed it). This week, each of the designers has chosen a favourite previous challenge and designed a new card around it. I was tempted to go with LeAnne's sketch as I've loved all of the cards she has made with this layout but eventually I decided to use an existing stamp, the large Swallowtail butterfly, (although it's new to me) and combine it with the new in-colours and using Ann's challenge create a one layer card.

So without further ado, here is my card:

There isn't much you can do with this stamp that hasn't been done before, but I've seen so many lovely cards made with it I still wanted to add it to my collection. I used Shimmery White cardstock as my base layer for my card - it's thicker than Whisper White and whilst I didn't manage to get a photograph that captures the effect, it has a lovely subtle shimmer in real life that adds to the finished look. I inked my Swallowtail using the new 2014-15 in-colours, using sponge daubers to apply the ink to the stamp and working from the centre outwards. I started off with Mossy Meadow for the body and antenna, then in turn Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon and lastly Blackberry Bliss. I stamped the butterfly off the page and finished with a simple sentiment from the 'Happy Day' set. Here's a close up of the detail of the stamp:

For a single stamp it has some great detail. There was a time I would have run a mile at a one layer card, but I've overcome my fear now and sometimes it's quite nice to have the challenge of making your stamps work hard for you, which I think they have to when you only have one layer to work with. For my European readers, who are eagerly awaiting the launch of the new catalogue on 1st July and have yet to get their hands on the new colours, what do you think - do you have a favourite yet? I think mine is going to be Blackberry Bliss - I love this deep, rich purple. Don't worry if you haven't made your mind up - you'll be seeing lots more of them in coming weeks I assure you! I'm also linking today's card up with the challenge over at Less is More where they are looking for 'off the edge one layer cards'. Congratulations to everyone over at the Paper Players this week; I haven't been around to participate in even close to all 200 challenges, but I'm looking forward to participating in the next 200!

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

*2014-16 In Colours available 1st July 2014 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.





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Comments (14) -

Nance Lempinen Leedy
Nance Lempinen LeedyUnited States
6/19/2014 4:18:01 PM #

Joanne, this is GORGEOUS and I'm sure even prettier IRL on the shimmer paper!  The way you've colored the butterfly is stunning -- one of the best I've seen with this stamp!  So glad you could celebrate our 200th with us at The Paper Players!


Joanne James
Joanne James
6/19/2014 9:33:11 PM #

Thanks Nance - try as I might I couldn't capture the subtle shimmer on camera! Glad you like my bold butterfly; here's to many more challenges over at The Paper Players!


jaydeeUnited States
6/19/2014 5:45:51 PM #

Joanne, this is beautiful.  I love the multicolored butterfly and I love that its in ROYGBIV order Smile  You really proved that a one layer card can be stunning.
So glad you joined us for our 200th Paper Players challenge


Joanne James
Joanne James
6/19/2014 9:34:17 PM #

Thanks Jaydee - this stamp is a great one for big impact! Congratulations on the 200th challenge over at The Paper Players!


Chrissie United Kingdom
6/19/2014 10:36:00 PM #

This is beautifully inked and stamped!
Great job!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"


Joanne James
Joanne James
6/21/2014 8:46:15 PM #

Thanks Chrissie - this is the perfect stamp for an 'off the edge' challenge!


LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
6/20/2014 2:11:03 PM #

Gorgeous image and I love how you used the multiple colors!  I think everyone was intimidated by the sketch I used, LOL!  Thanks for helping us celebrate our 200th challenge with this beauty!  It is a perfect example that one layer doesn't have to be boring!!!


Joanne James
Joanne James
6/21/2014 8:47:26 PM #

Glad you like my card LeAnne - never fear, I have plans for your sketch Wink I just hope I can do it justice as your cards with it have been fab!!


Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
6/21/2014 6:06:49 AM #

Absolutely gorgeous, Joanne! I love how you added all of the colors and now you are making me want to buy this stamp. Such a stunning one-layer wonder. Thank you so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players for our 200th challenge! Smile


Joanne James
Joanne James
6/21/2014 8:49:34 PM #

Thanks Anne Marie! I have admired so many cards made with this stamp that in the end, I just had to get it!! Don't you hate it when that happens Wink?


AnneUnited Kingdom
6/21/2014 8:04:48 AM #

This is super, love the inking and effect you got!
Thanks so much for joining us again this week at Less is More
LIM Designer


Joanne James
Joanne James
6/21/2014 8:54:26 PM #

Thanks Anne - this is my first card featuring all of the new Stampin' Up! In-Colours and I think they blend really well together.


Linda W
Linda WUnited Kingdom
6/21/2014 9:02:22 AM #

This is beautiful, I love how you've coloured the butterfly ..... those new In Colors look fab!
Linda xx
LIM Guest Designer


Joanne James
Joanne James
6/21/2014 9:02:52 PM #

Thanks Linda - I'm loving the new in-colours, I think Blackberry Bliss is proving to be my favourite but I can see me using them all lots!


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