Attracted by the Sun – Tutorial #559

Hello There,

Well I am so happy today, because I get to share the new Stampin’ Up! Spring Catalog with you and all it contains. This is the first day you get to order from it!  Click here to check it out!

You won’t be disappointed.

My project today features the brand new stamp “Swallowtail” item number 129216.   This stamp is big and bold and a blast to color.   I love this stamp so much I wish I could get a tatoo of it on my body somewhere.   But since I’m currently dropping weight it is probably not the best time to get a tat.  Maybe I’ll get one as a reward when I meet my weight loss goal.  Do you have a tatoo?  Are you happy you did it, any regrets?  I would love to hear from you.

Back to the Swallowtail stamp, I can see this stamp being used in a great Spring mobile or butterflies to put on my Spring Wreaths, hummmm, I feel a project coming on, lol.


Now on with today’s tutorial. . . . .  . .

Project Supplies:

Stampin’ Up! Stamps: Swallowtail (item number 129216)

Card Stock: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Basic Black and Tempting Turquoise

Ink: Stampin’ Up! Cajun Craze, More Mustard and Basic Black

Accessories: Stampin’ Up! Sponge, gold brads, piercing tools, white gel pen, Stampin’ Up Gold marker, Versamarker, clear embossing powder, heat gun, Gumball Green, Tempting Turquoise and Elegant Eggplant markers, Simply Scored and Diagonal plate, brayer

Stamped the Butterfly using Craft Basic Black ink on a 3.75″ square piece of Whisper White card stock.

Heat embossed the image using clear embossing powder and a heat gun.


Colored the body of the butterfly and the inside of the wings using an Elegant Eggplant marker.

Added Tempting Turquoise marker over lapping the Elegant Eggplant area in order to blend the colors.

Added Gumball Green marker to the rest of the wings, blending with the Tempting Turquoise.

Repeated for the other side.

Colored over the entire butterfly with a Versamarker and then heat embossed the image.  It is now totally embossed.

Brayered More Mustard ink at an angle.

Added a 2″ circle mask punched from Post it Note to the corner of the card stock.  Brayered Cajun Craze ink on at an angle, not covering the More Mustard ink entirely.

Removed the mask and sponged Cajun Craze ink in the middle of the sun using a circular motion.

Edge the wings and card stock edges using a Stamping Up Gold Marker.

Added texture between the sun and the butterfly by using the Diagonal Simply Scored plate and scoring ever line.  Also colored the dots on the edge of the wings with a White gel pen to give it some pop.


Added a 5″ square basic black card stock panel.  Pierced holes in the edge of the sun and added gold brads in every other hole.

Added a 5.25″ square Tempting Turquoise card base.

Here is the finished card measuring 5.25″ square.  This card has been added to my sale page – click here to check it out.

May your day be filled with beauty and wonder.

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Until my next post. . . . . .






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15 responses to “Attracted by the Sun – Tutorial #559

  1. This is gorgeous Michelle! I think you have convinced me that I need yet another butterfly stamp 🙂

  2. No tattoos here and never will be. But, I did order this new butterfly stamp. I love that it’s so big. And I still live by my own motto that I can never have enough butterfly, snowflake and flower stamps! LOL!!

  3. I have a tattoo that I got a few years ago. I got it on my stomach and it is a rose with my daughters name on the ptetals and my two boys names on a leaf and my husbands name on the stem. I do not regret getting it. I wished it could have been a little smaller but to get the writing I had to go a little bigger than originally planned. I had it put on my stomach so when I am an old lady it won’t be seen. What am I talking about it is hardly ever seen by anyone anyway. I don’t mind seeing a nice tattoo on someone but hate to see tons on people. That is my opinion anyway 🙂

    • Tara, your tattoo sounds awesome. I love tattoos with meaning. I think we may have a whole generation growing up that will one day look in the mirror and say “what was I thinking”, lol.

  4. I have 15-17 tattoos on my chest and back, but they’re just little dots that were put there when I had radiation treatments in 1975-76. I look at them every day and they remind me of those times and all I have to be grateful for. Getting any more isn’t of interest to me. I don’t want to be that little old lady with sagging skin and an indecipherable tattoo. I’m afraid anything I got would look like a Salvador Dali painting. 😉

    • Hi Lucy,

      You crack me up with your Salvador Dali painting reference. Too funny! I just wanted to say how happy I am that the radiation treatments were such a success and that you are celebrating 37 years as a cancer survivor!!!

      Peace, Love & Joy,

  5. Hi Michelle,

    Gorgeous card!!! A work of art. I didn’t think that I needed ANOTHER butterfly stamp, but maybe I was wrong!

    Peace, Love & Joy,

  6. beautiful Butterfly & sunset!


  7. Hi Michelle, what a lovely card again! My daughter has got her first tattoo a few days ago, on her foot, with a lizard on it to refer to her origins (Moluccan) and a wave and two little flowers. I don’t have a tat, but maybe some day, and in that case I think it will be a butterfly…

  8. Breathtaking butterfly! Just beautiful! The spring catalog is loaded with great stuff, likewise there are some fun “free” things in the SAB, too. 😀

  9. I love the things that you create! you are an amazing artist!

  10. Hello Michelle: In my rushing to tell you about my tattoos, I didn’t comment about this gorgeous card you made. This makes me want to get this stamp, it’s big, I think the biggest SU ever had so, thank you for giving that little extra push, watching your tutorial did the trick. Like I told you, I have 2 tattoos, IronMan Triathlon related, on each of my upper arms. I still need one more, to celebrate my last Iron Man race, at age 60, last year. Thank you for this amazing card, I’m getting this stamp in my next SU order.