I signed up for an organized swap at the Orlando OnStage event, and this is the card that I’ll be trading. I wanted to use the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set as a highlight of the location for the event. Swaps are a fantastic way for demonstrators to share ideas with each other. In an organized swap, each participant makes enough cards for every other participant to receive one. I signed up for this particular swap several weeks ago, and I’m looking forward to getting a lovely collection of samples from the other participants. This swap is big enough that the organizer has actually separated us into separate groups – I’m in group #2. I’ve done other swaps with this organizer, and she is super efficient. The participants will zip through the line and I’ll have my collection of samples lickety-split. I can’t wait to trade with the other demonstrators!!!

I actually did a technique for this card. I was inspired by a Jennifer McGuire video to create a stamped frame card. I stamped the frame in black ink and then created two masks – one that covered the frame and the center, and one that covered the inside edges of the frame. In this way I used the Marbled background stamp to create the outside water-y looking image (that is fairly light in the finished card). And then I stamped the images for the flamingo “art” on the inside of the frame. Lastly, I stamped the frame again with Versamark ink so that I could emboss it with clear embossing powder. The Stamparatus was invaluable for the mass production of this card, and it was especially important for the second stamping of the frame for embossing. I LURV my Stampasaurus!!!

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