Unite Excite Livermore - The Swap Cards I Made

Swaps. Fun stuff! Its always nice to make a card you like, and then a couple more because you like it so much! But when you need to make FIFTY cards for a swap, it can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, I knew I had a busy week and I split my cardmaking up into small bites!

These are my swap cards, I did 20 of the Merry and Bright, and 10 each of the other 3 cards.
Good Greetings Bright and Beautiful Merry and Bright
Bright and Beautiful and Good Greetings - Merry and Bright 

Good Greetings Bright and Beautiful Sparkle
Bright and Beautiful and Good Greetings - Sparkle

Good Greetings Bright and Beautiful Peace and Joy
Bright and Beautiful and Good Greetings - Peace and Joy

Bright and Beautiful and Good Greetings Happy New YEar
Bright and Beautiful and Good Greetings - Happy New Year
The Stamp set for the stars is Bright and Beautiful item# 135029
The background embossing folder is Lucky Stars item# 135817
The sentiments are from the stamp set Good Greetings - only available to party Hostesses for FREE with a qualifying party. I'd love to help you get this set - take a look at my post HERE and lets schedule something! 

The 3D effect on the star was achieved by scoring the back side of the star, then folding on the score marks and attaching the card with 3 dimensionals - keeping the dimension as you put it onto the card base. The Merry and bright has a little different score pattern, I only scored the points of the star. This gives it a very soft pillow effect. The other 3 cards have a much more defined 3d effect, crisp folds along score marks in the points and along the middle space of the points. Here are two pictures that show the scoring on the back so you can see the difference:

Soft 3D effect - score only the points of the star, gently fold the tips and the center will "puff"up. 
Crisp 3D effect - score from point tip to opposite edge, fold peaks on the points and valleys on the center edges. Really pinch the folds for a well defined look.

Close Up of the definition and Valley/Peak folds
The cards all use the same elements with only a difference in the color and arrangement of the embellishments. This made it easy to assemble, and allowed me to have some variety in the monotony of making 50 cards. :-) I do like this card though, easy to make stuff you like!!

In Colors: Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, and Blackberry Bliss. The inks on the Good Greetings sentiment match the card base color. The white layer is embossed using the Lucky Stars embossing folder. The star is stamped in Encore Ink in Silver. This is a fragile ink - it does smear if you don't let it dry, and it will still rub off a small bit onto your fingers when folding. Be gentle and it will work just fine! Perhaps, on other pieces I will try stamping and then heat embossing with clear powder, but I might take a break from this card for a bit! LOL The Embellishments are the Frosted Sequins in the Holiday catalog, Basic Jewel Rhinestones, and 1/8" Silver Ribbon. I tried to match the sentiment with the colors. Mossy Meadow for a more Christmas greeting, Hello Honey for a bright New Year greeting, Lost Lagoon for a peaceful and joyful greeting, and Blackberry Bliss for a bold sparkle. I hear this star set is pretty popular, and was on back order. If you like it, I suggest you place your order earlier rather than later. Bright and Beautiful in the Holiday Catalog. :-)

Happy Crafting!

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