I stamped the greeting with white craft ink on the patterned paper but I was disappointed in how it turned out so I went over it with the White Gel Pen and I like the end effect!
This is a close up of the "eyeball" tree.
Not my original idea - I've seen this done before with google eyes but one of the criteria of this swap is Stampin' Up! ONLY so I made the eyes using the White Gel Pen, black marker and then a dab of Crystal Effects.
This is another version -
I made so many of these that I ran out of the patterned paper and had to make different variations!
BUT for the swaps I just left it with the black ink - got to stick to criteria of ONLY Stampin' Up!
I made 24 of this design - participants that sent in 2 sets of swaps got this card as well as the first one. My scalloped edge punch started acting up - I was going to scallop both sides of this patterned paper piece but I kept messing it up. Is anyone else having problems with theirs?
In the end I just did the bottom edge and I think it looks kind of like a shop awning but that's ok...
The black strip is cardstock - leftover from the first card! The polka dot background is the Polka Dot Background stamp from Stampin' Up! stamped in the new Pink Pirouette in-colour ink.
Check out the image - that's one of the new Hostess sets called Punches Three - I stamped it with the NEW Stampin' Up! Basic Black Classic ink pad.
It is really BLACK now and not purpley-black anymore. If you've got one of the old Stampin' Up! Basic Black ink pads I highly recommend you get a new one.
I used Kiwi Kiss paper and ink and the New Urban Garden Designer Series Paper. I also used the new Kiwi Kiss/Very Vanilla two sided ribbon.
Below is a close up of the layers. I had a hard time trying to match up that blue patterned paper - it's NOT Not Quite Navy although that's one of the colours listed as a match for this set of papers. In the end I decided on a layer of Night of Navy with a Kiwi Kiss card base.
What do you think?
This is the last card and my fourth design for this swap.
I only had to make 2 of these for the swap but I liked it so much I ended up making 6!
I used the new Holiday Lineup stamp set - love the snowmen in this one and the reindeer one too!
I also used the Red Riding Hood Patterned paper and new tafetta ribbon (with vanilla edges). The base and mat colour is just plain old Kraft paper.
I admit it I'm ribbon impaired! I cannot tie a proper bow so I try different things to get around it. You'll see a lot of ribbon glued across my cards (as in above) or just tied in a knot or a bow glued on but not very often a tied on bow....
I decided to do a slip knot thing on this one and it turned out ok!
Check out the non-fraying edge - yes I "torched" it!
This is a close up of my colouring.
Apparently, I'm not the world's best colourer either - it looks so messy up close (and I need some help with my Crystal Effects aim too!) but from a distance it looks good!
Well that's it for tonight! I've got to get the puppy out to pee and then down for a sleep.
Check in tomorrow - I'm almost ready to post the rest of the NEW CATTY Swap Sneak Peeks.