Thursday, November 13, 2008

Card Swap

Being relatively new to stamping & card making, I joined a Stampin' Up! monthly stamp club last April. Within that club, some members have a monthly card swap. I thought that was a neat idea and, after a little thought, I joined last month.....and then promptly forgot. So, last Saturday, I felt like a big dork while everyone gave me their cards, and I had nothing to give back.

As a result, I came home and got to work! We give each swap member two cards, so I had to make 20 (same style) cards. It took me far too long to figure out what I wanted to make. My first idea was a grouping of poinsettias, done with 2-step stamping and cut out. Then I realized how long it would take to make 20, and quickly changed my mind!

This was relatively easy to make, and I think it turned out nicely. I used the Cuttlebug "Textile" folder to emboss 4" x 5¼" Very Vanilla cardstock
. The edges were then inked with Tempting Turquoise Craft ink. The same ink was used to stamp the snowflake images, SU Iridescent Ice EP was sprinkled on while the ink was still wet, and it was then heat embossed. The little silver balls (half spheres) are self adhesive, and a great buy at Michael's. They have them in gold, too. They remind me of the silver dragees we used to decorate Christmas cookies, before they were outlawed in California (grrrrr).

Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla and Tempting Turquoise
Stamps: Image- CTMH "Let It Snow" , Sentiment- CTMH "The Beauty of Christmas"
Ink: SU Tempting Turquoise Craft and Not Quite Navy Classic
Embellishments: Ribbon and silver balls- Michael's, SU Iridescent Ice embossing powder, Cuttlebug "Textile" embossing folder

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