Friday, February 27, 2009

Branch Out Swap

I am friends with a fairly active group of demos who are spread out all over the US. They organized a New Catalog Swap. Here is the card I made for the card swap, using the new catalog set, Branch Out. I am in love with this set and have made SO many cards with it already. For this swap I wanted a card that would be appropriate for a stamp camp or club event with a few new items, but not too much fussy work. My stamp campers know what I'm talking about when I say Fussy!

I stamped the tree from Branch Out onto Naturals White card stock in Chocolate Chip Craft Ink and then embossed it with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. The Iridescent Ice EP gives it a little bit of shimmer, but not overwhelming glitter. I like the Naturals White card stock with this set as it isn't as bright of a white as our Whisper White and seemed better suited to this nature tree set. I inked the leaves stamp in Old Olive and stamped them a few times around the tree branches and then stamped a few butterflies in Baja Breeze ink. This main image is layered onto a narrow mat of Chocolate Chip card stock and then a wider mat of this textured double sided paper from the Parisian Breeze Specialty paper pack. This specialty paper has a texture to it that makes you want to run your hands over it and it is a card stock weight paper, too. Its matte finish and texture is another reason I liked the Natural White card stock on this card, instead of Whisper White. The colors in the Parisian Breeze Specialty paper are Kraft, Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze.

I added the Jumbo Eyelet to the corner with my Crop-A-Dile tool. I first threaded two loops of our Hemp Twine Natural through the eyelet and then punched the larger (3/16") Crop-A-Dile hole punch through the three layers of my card stock. I pressed the Jumbo Eyelet through the hole and tightened the Hemp Twine. Then set the Jumbo Eyelet with the A-1 setting on the Crop-A-Dile and used Mini Glue Dots to secure the Hemp Twine to the back of the cardstock.

To finish the card, I used my Mat Pack to create a paper pierced corner accent on the Kraft card stock base. Then I layered a different piece of the Parisian Breeze Specialty Paper across the bottom of the card front. I covered the seam with a piece of Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, knotted on the left and secured with a Mini Glue Dot. I adhered the main image panel with Stampin' Dimensionals and called it a swap! This card has no sentiment on the front and can be used for any occasion with the sentiment of your choice on the inside.

Stamps: Branch Out
Cardstock: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Naturals White, Parisian Breeze Specialty
Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft, Old Olive, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Jumbo Eyelets, Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Hemp Twine Natural , Mat Pack, Stampin' Dimensionals

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