Thursday, 15 November 2018

OnStage Swaps

Hello, I've just returned from Stampin' Up's Onstage convention in Orlando, Florida. It was the 30th anniversary of Stampin' Up so there were plenty of celebrations!
I took part in two swaps while I was away, the general swap and a smaller organised swap that my upline, Michelle organised with a fantastic American demo, Brian King and his team.
I received lots of stunning cards from those I swapped with which I will share with you another day, but today I'd like to share my swap designs with you.
My first swap used the Oh So Eclectic stamp set and is based on a design that I saw on Instagram.
I stamped some leaves with Berry Burst Ink on to some matching cardstock, then stamped the detailed leaf in the same manner with Versamark ink and embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.
 I also embossed the sentiment of the card which is from the Botanical Bliss stamp set, which has the most beautiful fonts. 

For my second card, I decided to use the All The Good Things stamp which is one of Stampin' Up's new DistINKtive style stamps which have been specially created to give depth and texture to the stamped image quickly and easily. 
To stamp the fish, I wanted to use the baby wipe technique. I added a few drops of Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral and Early Expresso reinkers to a folded baby wipe to create a custom inkpad which I used to stamp the fish with.

 One baby wipe was enough to stamp all 43 of my swaps and if you'd like to keep the baby wipe to use again, just pop it it a sandwich bag, making sure to keep it flat and it should be good to use again.

I cut the sentiment free from the rest of the image, and stamped it with Early Expresso ink. Cutting up stamps means they can be used together or separately, giving more versatility to the stamp set, so don't be afraid to try this with your own stamps.

The finishing touch to my card, which can't really be seen in the photo, was to dab some Frost White Shimmer Paint from the Autumn/Winter catalogue on to the fish to make them shimmer and shine.

I hope you enjoyed the projects I've shared with you today. All the items I've used can be found in my online shop, using the link below.

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