Last month for our team swap we tried something new – it’s called a ‘Shoebox’ swap. The idea is that instead of swapping fully made cards you each bring your ‘shoebox’ with all the supplies needed to make the card and then you teach the card. At the end of the time together you go home with a bunch of fully made cards. It was a fun afternoon spent together.
I decided to use the Animal Outings stamp set which we all received free at the April OnStage event. This is one of the perks of being a demonstrator and this month is the perfect month to join up as you receive an entire colour family of inks FREE. You can find out more about joining my team here.
There are three image stamps in this set so I decided to make three samples and let the team decide which image they wanted to use. There are also a number of sentiments which can be mixed and matched. The design of the card was the same for all images.
The images are stamped in Memento Black on Thick Whisper White card stock. Thick Whisper White card stock is great to use for watercolouring. For these cards I used Aquapainters but you could also use Blender Pens – whichever you are most comfortable with.
The colours used for the Rhino card are: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Granny Apple Green, Pineapple Punch, Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss.
I’ll let you in on a secret – there is another Kangaroo under the one you can see :). I didn’t like my first attempt at the colouring so I restamped the image on a scrap piece of Thick Whisper White and started colouring all over again. This stamp set comes as part of a bundle so I used the coordinating die and die cut my image out then adhered it over the top of the original image – it gives another dimension to the card. So if you aren’t happy with your first attempt on a card – don’t throw it away – use coordinating dies/punches or else ‘fussy’ cut the image.
The colours used here are: Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Granny Apple Green, Cajun Craze.
After putting this card together I felt the bottom left hand corner of the frame was a bit bare so I stamped the leaf/branch image and die cut it with the coordinating die. The DSP that I’ve used for all three samples is from the Share What You Love Specialty DSP pack. I don’t know if you’re like me but I often buy packs of paper which I love but then don’t want to cut into it. Well that’s changing this year – for the three different designs that I’ve used I cut each sheet into 6 pieces so that I have instant card fronts. My challenge to you for 2018/2019 is to use your DSP. July is the month to purchase some DSP as we have a special promotion on – for every three packs of selected paper you purchase you get a fourth pack FREE. If this is too much for you why not join with your friends and place one order then share the paper – that way you get a real selection.
To create the ‘photo frame’ I used our Foam Adhesive Strips to adhere the frame to the stamped image then used Tear & Tape to adhere it to the DSP.
Next up I’ll share the other cards my team members taught.
Until then …