Tuesday, 10 November 2009

100 swaps...

... and traumatic heat embossing!

Ok, so in preparation for Stampin' Up!'s first ever UK convention I made 100 swaps. After sketching my ideas, and making 10 of them in batches of 5 I decided it was a bit too much. So I picked a simple layout, and duplicated it 50 times (what was I thinking, picking one that involved heat embossing?!!)

Anyway, it turned out great in the end but can you imagine having to heat emboss 50 card fronts? Seriously, I was covered head to toe in clear embossing powder!

Thought I'd share them with you, they got so many compliments from the other demo's that it was worth the perseverance.

I used Chocolate chip card stock, the Jolly Stampin' Around wheel was inked with Versamark, covered in clear embossing powder and heated.
(I'm loving Chocolate Chip on Christmas cards at the moment!)

Next I assembled the Very Vanilla, Real Red and Close to Cocoa card pieces. The sentiment is stamped in Chocolate Chip with the help of my trusty friend - the Stamp-a-ma-jig.

I stamped 50 of the cute little reindeer's from Sparkly and Bright, coloured in his nose with a Real Red marker and applied Crystal Effects for some dimension.

I punched out using the 1 3/8" circle punch which fits lovely inside the scallop circle punch.
I finished off the scallop circle by piercing each scallop.

All that I needed to do then was assemble. They looked great all together like that, there's something about a big pile of card that gets me excited (It was the same with pads in the stationary shop when I was younger!)

Finally, I tied 50 little knots out of Kraft ribbon!

I hope you like the finished result.

Make sure you check back on Thursday, where I'll be announcing the start of a mini series of blog posts!

Thanks for stopping by,
Take care.

5 lovely people have commented :):

simplyfairies said...

This swap is utterly gorgeous!! I luv'd it...

I can't get onto you PB to look at the piccies!!
Kim x

Nicci said...

Kim!! Thanks for coming to my little old blog! I've sent you a message on ILWS to make sure you can get into it and have a peek xx

Anonymous said...

Hi! The card is lovely! How Many hours did it take to do them?!! Great blog btw! Whereabouts r u in Liverpool ?

Nicci said...

Hi Keren, I'm in Aintree, where about are you? I split the cards into a couple of days, doing the scallop embellishments one day, the background the next to make it a bit quicker, still took a while though! x

katia said...

Hi Nicci,

It was very nice to meet you in Germany on our Convention.
Thank you for your very nice swapp-card!