I sat down this afternoon to crank out a swap card for a special event… but I must be tired. I really wanted to use the lovely palm image from the Plant Hope stamp set, and although I like the basic design, I’m now totally wondering if I like any of them. So.. today I’m sharing the evolution of my swap card, and asking you to tell me which one you like best!
First, I cut an oval mask with my Big Shot Machine and Ovals Die. I wanted the mask to be the same size as the card I was about to stamp, and to only use one of the ovals on the die. To do this I offset the paper by appx. 1/4” on two sides of the die (the paper protruded from the die on two sides). After running the regular die sandwich through the Big Shot Machine, I had one perfectly placed ovals and two partial ovals cut. Of course, I wanted to protect my card as much as possible, so taped the cut ovals back into the mask :) Didn’t look too pretty, but it worked really well!
With the mask in place, I sponged the oval opening with Marina Mist and Crumb Cake Classic Ink before coloring the Palm Tree image with Chocolate Chip and Old Olive Markers… the same process used for each of the three cards.
Here’s the first of three Palm Tree cards I made:
With a couple subtle differences, here’s the second Palm Tree Card:
And, completely removing the Marina Mist Cardstock Layer… here’s the third Palm Tree card:
OK.. now it’s up to you! Which one would you prefer to receive in a swap, if any, and why?
Stamps & Supplies Used in today’s Plant Hope Palm Tree Cards:
Stamps: Plant Hope
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Marina Mist
Classic Ink: Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Silver Brads, Mat pack & Paper Piercing Tool, Sizzix Ovals Die, Big Shot Machine, Old Olive & Chocolate Chip Stampin Write Markers
Your comments are always appreciated, and I especially appreciate your help on this one… I must get more sleep!