Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Convention Swap

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments to my last post! I've had a really busy day madly preparing for my New Catalogue Launch party tomorrow night, and it made my day to come and read all of your kind words!

As promised, I'm back to show you the swap card I made for Convention. I made 100 of these, and got 100 inspiring cards back!

To make this card, first I stamped the Paisley background in Versamark ink on Lovely Lilac cardstock. I find Versamark works best when using bold background stamps on coloured cardstock...it gives the most even image. My wrists started to hurt stamping such a large stamp 100 times, so by the end I was sitting on them instead! It worked a treat!!

The focal image has been stamped on Glossy cardstock. The stamps are from one of my all-time favourite sets, Bodacious Bouquet. I inked up the flower in Almost Amethyst ink, and then inked a sponge dauber in Lovely lilac ink, and sponged straight onto the stamp, before stamping it on the Glossy cardstock. This technique can also be done on Whisper white cardstock, but I really like how vibrant the colours look on the gloss. Next I stamped the leaves and stem in Certainly Celery ink. I made the centre of the flower by stamping the flower again in Elegant eggplant ink onto Glossy cardstock, and then punching out the centre with a 1/4" circle punch, and adhering with a mini glue dot. The whole Flower panel has been popped up on Dimensionals.

The "friendship" panel has been made by stamping linen background in Almost Amethyst ink on Almost Amethyst cardstock. I then stamped "friendship" from 'Wonderful Words' in Versamark ink, and heat embossed with White powder. It gives it a nice raised glossy finish, which complements the gloss cardstock well.

I attached the Celery ribbon by adhering a strip to the back of the Eggplant panel, and then tying the knot separately on top. This gives the flexibility to move the knot along the strip of ribbon, to sit where you would like it. To finish it off, I did some faux stitching with my white gel pen and Paper piercing mat pack.

I hope all my swap-ees liked it!


  1. LOVELY!! I wish we still had this stamp set here in the US! I miss it!

  2. Marelle
    Thank you for sharing how you made this beautiful card. It is so nice that you share in such detail how you
    make the card. This gives us beginners a wealth of information and inspiration to start experimenting ourselves with different techniques.
    Thank you.

  3. Hi Marelle,
    Thank you for swapping with me at convention - I would love to have chatted to you longer!
    I absoloutely LOVE your swap card and will display it proudly at my workshops!


  4. Marelle,

    I always love to stop by your blog and today was no exception.. love this card design and congrats on your stampin up acheivements!


  5. Marelle,

    Your swap card is simply stunning! You are an inspiration and I love visiting your blog!!


  6. Hi Marelle. Your swap looks even better IRL - thanks for sharing! Huge congrats also on all your SU awards & making '14'. Best wishes for another great year to come. Di :)

  7. Hi Marelle, Congratulations on all your SU! awards. It was so nice to meet you in person & I am super glad I got to swap with you - I love your card :)


  8. This swap-ee liked it very much Marelle! Thanks!

  9. Such a stunning swap card, I love the colours and techniques.
    Still congrats on all your achievements from the past year. A great effort and well deserved.

  10. It was great to finally meet you at Convention Marelle and thanks for saving a swap for me!
    Congratulations on your great achievements - I hope I can be up there with you next year!

  11. Hi Marelle

    I was also one of the lucky ones to swap with you at Convention and love your card (hadn't thought of putting the extra colour with the daubers before I got your card)!
    Hope you don't mind but I've CASED it and am doing it a workshop this weekend (guess that is what happens when w/shops are organised at last minute!).


    PS love your other cards on your blog too!



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