Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Faux Cloisonne Swallowtail

Pinch, punch- it's the first of the month!  Happy October to you! A brand new month and the first Tuesday must mean that there is a new challenge at Technique Time Tuesday and, guess what? This month it's my turn to be hostess.  This means that I have an awesome technique for you to try out, later in the month, I get to case one of your cards and there's a fab prize for the overall winner.  Why not hop on over to the blog and watch the video tutorial on how to make Faux Cloisonne embellishments on your projects. Here's mine..

I knew almost straight away that I wanted to use Swallowtail- it has such fantastic detail that, when stamped and heat embossed with gold embossing powder, looks like the fine metal wires from the real cloisonne designs. Do all this on shiny, coloured magazine paper and you can see it looks like enamel. I also made some smaller butterflies from Papillon Potpourie with the off cuts from the same page and I used a black cardstock for the background, to add to the 'dramatic' look. I have mounted the swallowtail so it is bending off the front of the card (no chance of an envelope for this one!). This is an amazing technique that you could use with flower stamps, medallion stamps, all sorts, you're only limited by your imagination and the stamps in your stash! I do hope you'll give it a try.

I am going to enter my card in three other challenges; first at QKR Stampede , even though it's not from their products it does fit the theme for Butterflies and Bows (There are some gorgeous butterfly projects there already - check it out!) secondly in the Things with Wings challenge at Sweet Stampin', and finally in the Paper Players' Tic Tac Toe challenge

Where I have taken the diagonal line: Ribbon, Embossing, Banner.


  1. Very nice card, super image. Thank you for joining us this week at Sweet Stampin', good luck. Debbiex

  2. Louise, this is just amazing! The different butterflies are gorgeous and I LOVE the shine you got in the photos! I bet this is just stunning IRL! HUGS and have a great rest of the week! :) Mynn xx

  3. Geeeeez Louise this is gorgeous! I always see this stamp in the SU book and want to buy it but don't know how I'd use this it! This is wonderful! So elegant and gorgeous! Great Job!

  4. Stunning card and lovely butterfly image. Thank you for sharing and joining in with the fun at Sweet Stampin’ this week, and good luck in the challenge. Hugs Janine xx

  5. Louise, this is absolutely beautiful. I love it. Thanks so much for sharing this creation with us at QKR Stampede this week.

    Emily T.
    QKR Stampede DT

  6. Love this technique. Am going to have to try it! Thanks for sharing at QKR this week for our Butterflies and Bows challenge.
    Trudy, QKR Designer

  7. OMG, this is stunning! It really does look like cloissone. Beautiful colors and you chose the perfect stamp for this technique. Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

  8. Wow, that butterfly is amazing and you should frame it! What a work of art! Thanks for playing with us this week at The Paper Players, Louise!

  9. Cool card! I love that butterfly! Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' for the Things with Wings challenge, good luck!
    http://shellscardhaven.blogspot.ca - Pop on by to win a prize on October 6

  10. Oh wow Louise! This is stunning! Your butterflies are just spectacular!

  11. Great choice to use the swallowtail stamp, Louise! Sometimes I want it to be a bunch of different colors but it is a booger to color in. What a fast and easy way to get all different colors on it! Thanks so much for the inspiration. :) I love feeding your fish btw. :) So cute.

  12. Great job with the technique this month Louise, this is stunning and love the magazine page colors you chose to use. I really enjoyed this technique.


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Louise xx