Convention 2011 Swap Card #1

The next swap card I’m going to share is one of my general swaps. Basically, you wade into a group of women and the cards go flying from hand to hand! It’s quite fun.

Making this card was pretty straight forward. This was the easiest card to put together. I also call this one my sparkle card. I got quite carried away.

Stamp set: Tags ’til Christmas, Pocket Silhouettes

Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Basic Gray

Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Basic Gray (smooth and textured), Whisper White, Neutrals Patterns DSP Stack

Accessories: Waffle paper, Decorative Label punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Jewels Basic Rhinestones, Smooch Illuminate Top Coat, Smooch Spritz Silver Foil, Stampin’ dimensionals

See the sparkle?

The Smooch Illuminate adds a nice subtle sparkle. For me, it also makes Classic ink run a bit (almost like the ink moves away from where you put the Smooch). Sometimes it’s not what I wanted, and sometimes it adds to the stamped image. This is one of those good times. It almost makes the branch image dreamy looking, and adds to the look of the card.

The frame is from Tags ’til Christmas (the one with Dec 25 in the center). To stamp just the frame, I inked the whole stamp, then put a scrap paper (Post-it) over the words before I stamped onto Whisper White. You have to change the scrap paper after about 10 or so images (the ink will start to leak through). The other way I was thinking would work (but never got around to doing), is to create your own stamp pad with a reinker and stamp foam/felt. The catch is that you’ll have to cut out the center of the custom stamp pad. Trust me; I made one intending to ink just the frame and within 1/2 hour, the whole stamp pad was inked up!

Stamping the branch within the frame is straightfoward: create a mask, leaving the opening uncovered. Now you can stamp your second image without overlapping the first image. Yup, pretty standard technique. 🙂

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