Monday, 24 April 2017

Dragonfly Swap Card CASE'd

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you've had a great weekend. 

I had a lot of fun because I did two classes - that's the same class repeated.

I used the Beautiful You Stamp Set and used the two cards and the 3D project we made to demonstrate three different ways to "colour" the ladies!

I'm hoping to use these three projects as my first online class, which is something I'll be looking into seriously next week. 

I'm now on the final countdown for THE wedding this coming Staurday!

Today's card was inspired by the swap I received from Laurence Desnos recently at OnStage in Amsterdam at the beginning of this month - please see last photograph. 

This is a great example of how swaps should work! 

A swap is designed to give us ideas, so we can use the idea to carry on and design a card or project around it. 

When I looked at this swap I was inspired by the tone on tone cardstock (CS), which has been highlighted by some tone on tone stamping. 

A contrast colour and pattern have been introduced to make this card very pleasing on the eye. 
Many thanks, Laurence, your swap is lovely.

I've changed quite a few elements of Laurence's card but I don't think there's any mistaking that I was inspired by her swap! 

To create my card I started with a base of Tip Top Taupe CS, a layer of Pacific Point CS, and a top layer of Tip Top Taupe.

I die cut the trail of dragonflies using the Detailed Dragonflies Dies and Pacific Point CS. 

Then I painted the die cut dragonflies with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.

I die cut the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelet Dies in Tip Top Taupe CS, as well as a Pacific Point CS scalloped oval using the Layering Oval Framelit dies. 

I adhered the two ovals together using Tombow, and then I adhered the dragonflies on top, allowing them to come over the edge. 

One of the other swaps I received in Amsterdam, which was from Christiane Knapp von StempelPalast, showed some flowers die cut from the Botanical Garden Dies which went over the edge of the oval "frame".

When I shared this swap in my video, I said how much I liked this idea.
I liked it so much, I used the idea for todays card, too!

I chose the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Better Together Stamp Set and stamped it close to the bottom of the front layer, using Tip Top Taupe Ink.

I cut a one inch wide strip of Tip Top Taupe CS and a three-quarters of an inch strip of the Pacific Point Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack.

To decide where I wanted this to go on my card front, I adhered the two strips together, laid them on my card, and then laid the oval on, too.

When the placement looked balanced, I drew pencil marks on the left- and right- hand sides, at the top and bottom of the strip.
The stamp I used to decorate above and below where the strip was going is from the Touches of Texuture Stamp Set.

I moved the strip and oval out of the way, and stamped once, turned the stamp 180° and stamped again, both times level with the pencil marks.

I adhered the card together using Tombow except for the oval, which has been adhered with Dimensionals.

Finally, I adhered a layer each of Pacific Point and Tip Top Taupe CS inside the card, and decorated the base to match the strip on the outside of the card.

I pleased to say that both of the stamp sets I used for this card are being carried forward into the new annual 

That's about it for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Love the stamp set and love the card! The polka dots rather suit the dragonfly image, conjuring up movement in my mind's eye ... I too like the tone-on-tone look, Jan. Well done! TFS!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. I hadn't noticed that about the dots until you mentioned it but yes I agree. I can see movement too, now. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. Love both of the cards, TFS!!

    1. Hi, Verna. I'm so pleased you like both the swap as well. Thank you. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.