So I just now realized I never shared the swap cards I made last month as part of a team swap my upline put on for us. We were to make 16 cards and then after the swap we would have that many different cards in return. I chose to use the Hand Delivered stamp set for
Generally, the swap cards you make are to be identical. For my set, the design is the same, but I used a couple different colors for the layering (because I ran out of the Rich Razzleberry cardstock when I was cutting all my pieces) and used different colors on the girls to match the Artisan Pearls colors.
Below are the instructions for making this card, plus details on all the coloring.
For the card base, cut a 5-1/2″ x 7-1/2″ piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and score at 4-1/4 on the long side. Fold this piece so the shorter flap becomes the card front. Adhere a 5-1/2″ x 1-1/4″ piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) to the inside edge (the portion that is visible when the card is closed). I used the multicolored circle pattern from the Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper pack.
If you are needing multiples, like I did, cut a 12″ x 12″ piece of DSP into two long 5-1/2″ strips (with a 1″ strip left over). Then cut those strips at every 1-1/4″ to get 18 DSP strips (with a little piece left over).
Using the Stamparatus and Black Memento ink, stamp the images from the Hand Delivered set on a 4-1/4″ x 2-3/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock. Position the skirt/legs image so the feet are about 1/4″- 3/8″ up from the bottom and then stamp down. Position the skirt pattern over top the stamped skirt and stamp. Line up the hands holding a sign image just above the belt and stamp. Then line up the sentiment inside the sign and stamp.
The Stamparatus is a great tool to have when needing to stamp multiple images multiple times. Once I had all the stamps positioned for the first card, stamping all the rest was a breeze. All you need to do is re-ink and stamp down each image for each piece of cardstock.
Once all the stamping is done, it is time to color using the Stampin’ Blends (more details of what colors were used are below). Layer the colored stamped image on a 4-1/2″ x 3″ piece of cardstock (Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry used for my cards). Adhere the layered piece to the card front so about 3/8″ sticks out over the right edge of the flap. Finally, add a few Artisan Pearls around the girl (Petal Pink used here).
For the skin tones, I used the Bronze and Ivory Stampin’ Blends and sometimes blended those with Light Crumb Cake, Dark Crumb Cake, or Light Pink Pirouette (this color is retired, but Petal Pink – which is now in stock – will be a great alternative). The signs are colored lightly with Light Pool Party and softened with the Color Lifter. For the card above, the skirt is colored with the Light and Dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends, and the shoes with the Dark. The colors used for the other skirts and shoes are listed below with the matching photos.
Light and Dark Rich Razzleberry for the skirt (Dark only for the shoes) with Rich Razzleberry Artisan Pearls.
Light Calypso Coral and Light Pumpkin Pie for the skirt and shoes with Grapefruit Grove Artisan Pearls.
Light and Dark Bermuda Bay for the skirt (Dark only for the shoes) with Tranquil Tide Artisan Pearls.
Light and Dark Daffodil Delight for the skirt (Dark only for the shoes) with So Saffron Artisan Pearls.
Here are all the wonderful swap cards I received in return. I love that there is always so much variety between the cards the group makes.
Would you like to participate in swaps like this? When you join my team, you will be able to join in for different swaps throughout the year and get a bunch of great inspiration from the team in return. Being in a swap is not a requirement, just a fun perk you can choose to participate in as part of the team. Let me know if you would like more details or you can check out this page to learn more about becoming a Demonstrator.
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