Tonight I have a very exciting evening planned, I am taking Nicola with me to the Stampin’ Up! Creative Tour event in Reading (Wokingham, actually, but it is being called the Reading event!). This is an event that is happening across the country in various locations over a two-week period, and is mainly for demonstrators, but this time we are allowed to bring a guest. Which is very cool.
So the other week we sat down to make some swaps for the event, to get more creative ideas in exchange for our idea. I’m pleased with these swaps, as I think that they could be used as tags for presents, card fronts, tree decorations, or anything else you’d like to use them for. They are nicely versatile, in my opinion. Here they are:
So we have a stamped image, using the Christmas Collectibles stamp set, onto Whisper White cardstock and cut out with the Window Frames Collection framelits. Then a plain layer, again cut with the same set of framelits, and then a third layer cut with the framelits and then passed through the Mosaic embossing folder using the Big Shot. The colours used are Real Red and Old Olive.
The Christmas Collectibles set has a number of images in it, and they look quite different in the different colours. Here’s my favourite, the lattice image, in both the green and the red to show how they compare:
The baubles are actually upside down in this photo, but I think you get the idea. I can’t rotate the picture as then the perspective is off and they look very odd! You might also have noticed that the embossed detail runs in different directions on the two examples shown – one has vertical mosaic shapes and the other has horizontal. This is mainly because Nicola put some together and I put others together, and we didn’t notice that a few were different! They still look good, though, and it is actually interesting to see how they compare. We put the swaps together with what is really the “debossed” side of the card showing, as we thought that looked more elegant and understated, but you can try it for yourself and see what you think.
Here’s a close-up of the red option:
The window frame shapes are offset by rotating the middle piece by 90°, as this gave more “interest” to the overall design.
And here is the pile of all of them together, ready for tonight’s “party”! I think I have just under 40 of them.
If you like the stamp set, you might be pleased to know that there is a coordinating punch for this set, so you can cut out the ornaments without giving yourself achey hands and a headache from concentrating while cutting round all those curves! Co-ordinating stamps and punches are something that Stampin’ Up! do very well, and this set is no exception. It is a great way of producing elements for batch card making and impressing people with how “together” your cards look! Don’t forget to click through to the shop if you want to get any of the items used here.