Monday, August 1, 2011

New Catalog Swap Card

Can you believe it's August already (I think I say the same thing the first day of every month...)?  The summer has flown by...

This is a card I made for a New Catalog Swap I participated in....haven't swapped in years.  Six years ago when I started as a demonstrator, swapping is how we got most of our ideas.  Now, the Internet has an overwhelming amount of ideas out there.  Still, it's nice to have "real" cards in hand to look at and enjoy!

I used my favorite "a la carte" stamp....the Triple Treat Flower stamp for just $8.95.  It really jumped out at me because this one little stamps coordinates with 3 punches....Fancy Flower Punch, 5-Petal Flower Punch, and 1/2" Circle Punch.

Here's a tip on coloring in the stamp.  I have a really difficult time using a light colored marker such as Pear Pizzazz to color in a stamp.  I usually get a pretty ugly color...murky and not bright.  So, for the center 5-petal flower and the circle center, I inked the entired stamp in Pear Pizzazz and then used my Melon Mambo and Concord Crush markers to color what I wanted.  Since the Pear Pizzazz is light, the dark colors of the other markers stayed true to their original colors and didn't mix with thePear Pizzazz.  Also, after I punched out the center circle, parts of the edges were white and not Concord Crush.  I ran the edges of the circle along the side of my Concord Crush marker and it made for a much neater look.

Here's what I used:

Triple Treat Flower
Tiny Tags

Pear Pizzazz Card Stock
     8-1/2x5-1/2 Card Base
     5-1/2x1-1/2 Ribbon Lace Border (cut down to 4-1/4)
Whisper White Card Stock
     4-1/8x5-3/8 Large Layer
     8-1/2x2-1/2 Strip to Punch out the Large Purple Flower, the Center 5-Petal Flower
          and the Center Circle
     Scrap for Tag
Melon Mambo Card Stock
     4x5-1/4 Large Embossed Layer
     Scraps for Circles Behind Lace Ribbon Border
Cheerful Treast DSP (Hostess)
     4-1/4x1-1/4 Layer Behind Lace Ribbon Border
     4-1/4x2-1/2 Large Layer at Bottom (I overlapped the purple on top of it a little.)

Concord Crush Stamp Pad
Pear Pizzazz Stamp Pad
Concord Crush Marker
Melon Mambo Marker
Black Stazon Stamp Pad

Stripes Embossing Folder
Fancy Flower Punch
5-Petal Flower Punch
1/2" Circle Punch
Lace Ribbon Border Punch
Circle from Itty Bitty Punch Pack
Jewelry Tag Punch
1/2" Stitched Poly Concord Crush Ribbon
Stampin' Dimensionals
Mini Glue Dots

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