This started out as a card with blue and a butterfly.  Something I could enter in the Anya, Oddies, and Others Link Party for January (Unity).  I thought a card and as the project developed it turned into a butterfly specimen…and when I finished I realized that perhaps a card wasn’t the best format…and voila, I have wall art!


  1. Base:  12×12 artist canvas board covered with burlap (it came this way).
  2. First Layer:  DCWV Dark Romance, 5.75 x 5.75 (remember this was supposed to be a card!).
  3. Shadow Box:  Dark blue card stock, 4×4, adhere this to the first layer.  The edge is made from wide quilling paper: 1) glue two long pieces together lengthwise, to make them sturdier, 2) glue around the piece of dark blue card stock, 3) trim to size (allow for overlap) and glue the two ends pieces together.  The burlap in the center is from Canvas Home Basics, this was adhered with crafting tape.
  4. Butterfly:  Unity stamp, colored with Copics and Copic glitter pens.  This was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The center of the butterfly was adhered to four layers of packaging material to give it dimension.


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16 thoughts on “Butterfly Specimen Shadow Box Wall Art

  1. Your butterfly is beautiful and made a wonderful wall hanging. Thanks for sharing.
    I’m stopping by from Unity’s Friends with Flair.
    Crafty hugs,
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  2. This is fabulous! LOVE the vivid colors of the butterfly against the awesome texture of the burlap. The blue behind it is just the right background to showcase it. Wall art was definitely the right venue for this lovely piece!! TFS!!!
    <3 J

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