This is the card I made for the Card Swap last month at our team's Christmas Breakfast. As demonstrators, we were able to pre-order products that are in the new Occasions catalogue, and the great thing about participating in a card swap is that I just have to make multiples of one design, in this case, 18 cards but in return I get 18 different cards back from all the other 18 participants in the card swap. What a deal!
Well, I chose to feature the Rose Wonder stamp set, combined with two of my favourite techniques - emboss resist and sponging. I heat emboss the rose image in white and then I use the sponge to colour the background of the card. The colours I used were Elegant Eggplant, Tempting Turquoise and Lost Lagoon. Can you see that glimmer? That is from the "Wink of Stella Brushes" - a must have item, I reckon. Actually, there is a third technique I used - after I have sponged the colours on, I actually spritz the card with water to create a semi watercolour backwash look.
Now to make 19 of the same cards (cos I have to keep one for myself too, eh) can be a bit tedious, but with the sponging technique, it is easy to get some variation in. That's right, proof that each card was individually hand made. With love. And with joy. :-)
Just because I can, here are some of the variations:
A bit of a Northern/Southern lights thing going on many of these
This one was the one I kept for myself because it was a "dud". I originally thought to use the banner for the sentiment, but then decided, with approval from my Artisan Designer friend Susan Wong, that the frame from the Rose Garden framelits is worth the effort.
The background of this one looks like a constellation of planets
And this one is ombre style
I gotta say, even after making all these cards, I still look forward to using this stamp set with its co-ordinating thinlits dies. That is a very good thing :-)
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