Triple Stamping: Swallowtail Butterfly Card

I’m in love with this gorgeous stamp!  The Swallowtail single stamp from the Spring Catalog (see it online – 129216) is absolutely breathtaking – I don’t think my photo or the catalog do it justice!

And the Triple Stamping Technique is a perfect way to use your Swallowtail stamp.  It may look complicated, but really, this technique is simple once you have your card stock cut to the right size.

I can help you with that!  You’re going to want a good Paper Trimmer (love the new one from Stampin’ Up! – see it online).

Who knew, but it turns out that this paper trimmer is super convenient to use when you can’t get around easily… like if you’ve broken your leg and you’re supposed to keep your foot up in the air, but you just can’t help wanting to stamp!

Just saying.

Back to the technique – here are the sizes I used for my card stock:

  • Whisper White card stock:
    5 1/4” x 8
    3 x 4 1/4”
    2 x 3 1/4”
  • Island Indigo card stock:
    4 1/4” x 5 1/2”
    3 1/4” x 4 1/2”
    2 1/4” x 3 1/2″

The technique itself is simple. You’ll arrange the layers of white card stock, then stamp on all the layers at the same time.  Then just take the layers apart and put the colored card stock layers in between.  Voila!

I definitely have some special tips though:

  • Adhere just the white layers with small amounts of SNAIL adhesive so they don’t move while stamping
  • With a small image, be sure to cover most of the card stock surface
  • Don’t worry if your image leaves a small gap where the layers change – this is normal and will be mostly covered by the colored card stock layers you’ll add at the end.
  • After stamping, pull the layers of card stock apart by twisting them, rather than peeling them back.  This will keep the fibers in the paper from breaking and no one will be able to tell that they have been pulled apart
  • Re-layer the white card stock with the colored layers in between.

Other elements from this card?  I used the Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit (see it online -131395) for the flower.  Watch for more samples with this fun kit in upcoming blog posts!  There are tons of flowers in the kit…I think they must multiply when you’re not looking…

The lucky stampers in my Stamps in the Mail Club are making this card in March as part of their Month 2 Club Kit!  It’s not too late — I have a few Stamps in the Mail kits from Month 1 if you’d like to jump in and join us! Just drop me an email or check the details on my website.

Happy Stamping!

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Stamps: Oh Hello, Swallowtail
Inks: Island Indigo
Cardstock: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Designer Build A Brads, Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit
Pre-Punched: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Bitty Butterfly Punch

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3 thoughts on “Triple Stamping: Swallowtail Butterfly Card”

  1. You messed up measurements i think. The 5 1/4 x 8 shoukd be indigli blue and 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 should be whisper white. I figured it out after wasting paper.

    • Thanks for your feedback, Stephanie. When I saw your note, I was worried that I’d had the wrong measurements on my blog for the past 5 years (eek!). But I double checked, and they’re correct for the card I posted. It’s a little different than a normal card, since the Whisper White layer is the folded card (5 1/4″ x 8″) and it layers on top of the colored piece (4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″). You could certainly change up the layers as you mentioned though – many different possibilities here. I’m glad you were able to sort out a version that worked for you! Happy Stamping! – Meg

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