Part of the fun of belonging to some online stamping groups is doing swaps. In our CopicCabana group, we've started an Above/Below swap. This means when you sign up to join that particular swap, you make one card for the person above your name on the list and one card for the person below your name. I thought it would be a lot easier than making 10 of the same card to swap with a big group like I normally do every month. Two cards instead of ten, has to be quicker and easier, right?
Then I sat down and tried to make them. Have you ever made a card specially for someone you've never met? Not as easy as it sounds. So after visiting their blogs to get ideas, I got to work.
I don't usually use purples, but after looking at Billie's blog I figured it might be OK to use on her card. And I know she likes going to the beach, so after searching through all my non existent beach stamps, hey I live in the desert, I settled for this digi stamp I got a while ago.
Stamps: Hambo Stamps Cool Cat
Papers: CTMH Whoops-a-Daisy Reflections Kit
For this card I wanted to get a 3-D effect so I printed out several images and used a "paper tole" technique...which is just a fancy-shmancy name for paper layering. It works best with images that have lots of elements to it. In between each layer is one tiny piece of cardstock, which gives it just enough height without using expensive pop dots or dimensional tape. It does take longer to make, but I sure looks more interesting when it's done!
Here is a side view to get a better idea of the effect
I coated the sunglasses with Liquid Glass from CTMH and used a glitter pen on the drink to make it sparkle...makes me thirsty for some lemonade.
So I've got to get off to the Post and get this mailed...if it sits around here too long I might not want to send it!