Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Crystal Clear Card Swap


Yikes! What's a girl to do? I guess it's time I admit that I am a Swap-a-holic!
In spite of all the wonderful swap cards that I have gotten over the past few months for the season, I just couldn't resist making and swapping 50 more cards at the Regional Seminar! The creativity of all these fabulous Stampin' Up! demonstrators just inspires me so much and I can't STAND to miss a great idea!
So, here is the card I created to swap out. Wanna know what the best part was? I used my Big Shot and the Top Note Die and believe it or not, finished ALL 50 cards in less than 4 hours! Yes, that is start to finish including all the paper cutting and putting my label on the back! Lemme tell ya, that's fast!
To create the clear card base, I started with a Non-Stampin' Up! product! I know, not cool, but SU! doesn't offer any clear cardstock and it's just so neat to work with! If you are looking for it, I purchased a box of 100 sheets of Write-On Transparency Film made by 3M from Staples. It was about $27.00 for the box of 100 sheets. It's heavy enough and thin enough to fold nicely with the Bone Folder and doesn't crack or split. I'll warn you, it will make a cracking sound sometimes, but it's ok, really! I promise! :)
So, after creating 50 1/2 sheet card bases, just like you would for any other card, I placed the fold of my card just inside the outer edge of the Top Note Die and ran it through the Big Shot. Voila! Out came this cute little card base!
Next, I used the ever popular "Snow Swirled" stamp set (this set has GOT to be the most popular set of this season! If you don't own it, you are MISSING out! Call me, we can fix that!) and stamped the large snowflake 3 times with White Staz-On ink. I stamped these in groups of 10 and set them aside to dry for about 3-5 minutes. After completing all the snowflakes, I cleaned my stamp right away with Staz-On Cleaner, a MUST for getting this ink off your stamps.
The greeting was created by stamping with Pacific Point ink on Shimmer White Cardstock and using my NEW Wide Oval Punch to make the embellishment. I layered this on top of two other ovals punched in Brushed Silver Cardstock.
The interior of the card has two pieces of Pacific Point cardstock, one is adhered with SNAIL to the inside front flap as a backer for the front ovals, and the other is adhered opposite it on the other inside flap. SNAIL adhesive works beautifully with this acetate, it clings like cement so be sure to place it carefully!
I did add another layer of Shimmer White to the inside of the card on top of the Pacific Point and then stamped an inside sentiment there, leaving room to sign the card. And lastly, I did cheat a bit from the card in my photo to the ones I made for the swap - I used the corner rounder on my sample, but did not on my swap card. And honestly, it didn't make that big of a difference.
So, can you CLEARLY see how I made this card? haha, Oh, I crack myself up! Yes, I know, you are not laughing, but hey, that pun CLEARLY had to be made!
Ok, I'm done now, I hope you can SEE that I was just having fun! Hope you are too! SEE you tomorrow!
~~Robin

3 comments:

  1. I know what you mean about swapping!!! I just LOVE to swap!!!!

    This is an awesome card and idea!! I am going to have to give this one a try!! TFS!

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  2. Gorgeous! (although your puns are terrible *g*)

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  3. Well we both used the top note today! hmmmm! Awesome swap card Robin... Any left over??

    I might want to ummmmm SWAP! LOL

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