I signed up for 4 swap groups this round, which was a lot of work while also finishing up coursework and taking final exams! This swap uses the Layered Stripes Background stamp and a greeting from Love for You in the Mini Catalog.
The Stamparatus, once again, came in handy when stamping the background as I was able to reink and apply pressure to areas I missed on the first stamp in order to create a crisp, clean image. I utilized a few different techniques in making this card, being Tone-on-Tone, Heat Embossing, and using scraps within the card design! The background is stamped in Starry Sky on Starry Sky cardstock, creating a Tone-on-Tone look. The “congratulations” message fit very nicely in the negative space of the background stamp, which I heat embossed in white for a bit of shine and pop from the paper.
My favorite innovation was using the scraps I cut from the Tahitian Tide mid-layer as an embellishment in order to create a more interesting composition. Each Tahitian Tide layer created two 1/4″ scraps when trimmed down to 4″x5 1/4″ from 4 1/4″x5 1/2″. I then glued these scraps over two diagonal negative space stripes and once dry, trimmed them flush with the layer using my Stampin’ Trimmer. Finally, I tied a vertical ribbon and bow around the top layer, which was difficult with large hands attempting to use as little ribbon as possible. I actually had just enough to finish my last swap of this design with none left to spare!
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