Fall Stamp Camp Card Swap
I am very easily distracted when "trying" to make repeat cards. For my first card swap at a local Stampin' Up stamp camp, I made 20 random cards. It was beyond me at that time to fathom producing similar cards. By the time the fall stamp camp came around, I was determined to make my swap cards at least "similar". I was so much more mature in my crafting life that I felt confident my choice of stamps could be easily repeated. I also wanted to use Stampin' Up as my main focus and luckily I had the perfect set! SU supplies used were Gorgeous Grunge and Tin of Cards stamps. SU inks used: Cajun Craze, Night of Navy, Bordering Blue and Basic Gray. Non SU supplies used include: the cardstock (Recollections 65# and 110#), Lil' Inkers Dual Stitched Squares and Rectangles, Tim Holtz Distress Metallic Paints and my own mini spritzer made with Perfect Pearls. I was able to complete 18 before I ran out of steam. Originally I was told to make 20, This time around I chose to go to a newer location which had less swappers. Regardless, I wanted to push the envelope some and was able to suffer through 18. I swapped with 9 folks and still have 9 which I am fine with as I can always use extra thank you cards! As a one of a kind style stamper, I do highly recommend the strategy of using any grungy stamp set as they tend to allow casual stamp placement. I can see this coming in handy for a gift set, swap set or even just to fill your stash. I found it much more pleasant to be able to be random and carefree while still repeating a pattern. I did follow traditional production steps versus making them one at a time. I made all the card fronts by first die cutting them using the Lil' Inkers Dual Stitched Rectangles. Note: I kept all 18 of the outer pieces to use as frames since their inside edge is also stitched. Ensuring two usable front pieces took extra time. I followed up by stamping the die cut fronts. Then I put them in a cardboard box and splatted distress paint in the middle (the large gold splotches.) Then I used a holtz mini mister with silver Perfect Pearls to spritz the upper right and lower left corners. Envision every flat surface of my craft room home to a fleet of drying card fronts! Once all fronts were dry, I added the thin color layer, varying between the navy and cajun (I used Recollections cardstock here too.) Next came the sentiments. I pre-cut the stitched squares and used my MISTI for exact alignment. I also varied the thin sentiment color cardstock. Both colored layers were popped up with dimensional tape. I did leave the inside blank, however I added a splash of color to the envelopes. As a crafter who dislikes repetition, I find the MISTI a great tool to combat the time suck part of repetition. Now it doesn't make it "fun" by any means, but it is very efficient and ensures consistent alignment.
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