As promised, this is my swap card front which I made for the Stampin’ Up! training day on Saturday:
I used the Happy Watercolour stamp set from the Spring/ Summer seasonal catalogue. It is such a great set for making simple, straightforward cards with an impressive wow factor. The watercolour effect was created with one of the stamps from the set – it is created so as to give a fading effect across the coloured block, exactly as if it were watercoloured. But as you just ink and stamp it takes less than seconds to create the effect. Gotta love that! I cut the card one evening in front of the TV, and then did the stamping of the colour block, poppy and sentiment while my twins were napping! The stamping took less than 1/2 hour to make all 20 swaps!
I went with this colour way and this imagery due to 2014 being the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1. I thought that the thank you sentiment would be appropriate to thank all those who fought and put themselves at risk in order that we can live the lives we have today. The poppy is a quintessential icon of the Great War, and being able to colour it so easily with this stamp set made it a perfect choice for my swaps.
This one was the first one I made, and I accidentally stamped the colour block upside down, as I had not realised at that point there was a difference:
I decided I wanted the deeper colour at the base of the poppy head, so made sure I stamped all the bits the right way up after that! I stamped the colour block first, then the poppy was overstamped in black stazon, and then finally the sentiment in Real Red.
Here’s the total count of 20 swaps that I made:
I will share the items I got in return with you over the next couple of months or so – there are quite a few to share and I hope to also have my own projects to share with you! Do comment on what I share – I love hearing what you think.
Tomorrow I will share one of my Project Life pages with you – it even has a touch of Stampin’ Up! to it! I made this before Stampin’ Up! announced their Project Life collaboration with Becky Higgins. So come back tomorrow to see what my page looks like.