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Artisan Finalist Card Swap

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I am so excited to share some news from Stampin’ Up Convention.  Last night was Awards Night and the announced the Artisan Design Team.  I am humbled and awed to tell you that I am one of the ten members.  It has been such an incredible few days and I have lots to share when I get back.  Until then, I want to show you a card I made for a swap created for the 20 Artisan Finalists.  The cards I got in return are stunning!!

Artisan Finalist Swap 1I really wanted to make a Christmas card for this swap and decided that this beautiful leaf from Simply Sketched (hostess set) would be the way to go.  While this card has a lot of “white” space, it is in no way simple to make.  Especially not simple times 27!  I’ll give you the basics though.  I stamped the leaf with Early Espresso and then using a mask, stamped it again to get the leaves to layer properly.  I colored them with a blender pen using Always Artichoke and Cherry Cobbler ink.  Then the waterspots were added with Crumb Cake ink (stamped off) and the stamp from the intro My Paper Pumpkin kit (the spots from the new Gorgeous Grunge would be great here but I won’t get it until Convention).  The sentiment from More Merry Messages seemed perfect.  That set is a carry over and is still available!!  Then I pulled out my distressing tool and distressed all the edges.  After that, I went back and sponged all the distressed edges with more Crumb Cake ink.  I created shabby bows with Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding and tied them up with Linen Thread and Vintage Faceted Buttons.  Of course it would not be complete without the inside so:

Artisan Finalist Swap 3I stamped the leaf again and watercolored some more.  The sentiment is another one from More Merry Messages.  It is a must have set, in my opinion!  For this swap, we created full cards and I did say 27.  While there are only 20 finalists, some of the Concept Artists from Stampin’ Up joined in the swap.  How exciting!!!

I loved this card so much that I am planning on using it as a class card in August.  Local stampers, watch for the invitation!  *smile*

Thank you so much for stopping in today.  I look forward to sharing more of my Convention pictures next week!  Until then, I hope your weekend is wonderful!  See you soon!

Stamps:  Simply Sketched (Hostess), More Merry Messages; Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Cherry Cobbler; Ink:  Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake; Accessories:  Blender Pen, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin’ Distress Tool, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Linen Thread, Vintage Faceted Buttons, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip



Thank you for sharing your beautiful card — and congratulations on being chosen as an Artisan! It was such a treat to meet you in Baltimore; as Christy Q noted, we now have bragging rights. Enjoy the rest of your stay and safe travels!

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