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Friday, August 2, 2013

Convention Swaps, part 4

This card got quite a few complements at convention, and because Stampin' Up Demonstrators are a very discerning crowd, it must be a good card.  It fits my friend (and fellow Demonstrator) Jan's description of a perfect "WOW" card - as in "Wow, that's really pretty" not "Wow, I would never spend a whole afternoon making that".  This is definitely a fast and fun card, and one I would even demonstrate at a party, it's that easy.  It also looks suspiciously like the mother's day card I posted last May...

1) Stamp "Swallowtail" in Staz-On Jet Black on the Whisper White card stock.  

2) Using sponge daubers, smudge in color on the Swallowtail, starting with the darker color (Cajun Craze) at the center, then smudge the whole swallowtail with the lighter color (Crushed Curry).  Sponge the edge of the white card stock with Elegant Eggplant.

3) Stamp the letters "f" "l" & "y" onto scraps of So Saffron card stock, punch out with Little Labels punches.  Punch a couple long little labels for hinges from Cajun Craze card stock.  

4) Using a piercing tool and mat, poke holes for "eyes" and attach silver mini-brads in place. 

5) After SNAILing all your pieces in place, draw little hinge parts using a the pointy end of a Cajun Craze marker. (Optional.  It's easy, looks cool.  You can even sponge the little hinges around the edges for added effect)

Supplies, available from

Stamp sets: 
Swallowtail (wood mounted item #129736 $17.95; cling mount item #123608 $13.95 - clear block F required)
Simply Serif Mini Alphabet (item #126360 $20.95) 
       - this set is my secret weapon - any short phrase I want to think of can be put on any card,  loads of flexibility... This set is a must-have.  LOVE IT!

Card stock:  
Elegant Eggplant 4-1/4" x 11, folded in half long ways 
Whisper White card stock, 4" x 5-1/4 " 
Cajun Craze - scrap 
So Saffron - scrap 

Little Labels Punch Pack 

Ink:  Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Elegant Eggplant Staz-On Jet Black  
           Staz-On is my preferred ink for stamping in black, and is solvent based - it won't smudge when you go over it with a dauber.
Regals Collection Stampin' Write Markers: (item #131262 set of 10 dual-tipped artist quality markers)

Other:  Silver colored Mini-Brads (item # 122941 $5.50 for 200)
SNAIL double sided adhesive

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