I had to prep some cards for a shoebox swap I am attending. If you have read my blog in the past, you have heard and seen about my adventures with shoebox swaps. It's just a fun time to prep some cards for other crafters. We usually end up gathering sometime in the summer for this event. We could design one card and provide enough supplies for each participant to do two cards with that design, or two designs and each participant would make one. I chose two designs, mainly because one of my designs will be somewhat labor intensive.
I went with the "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" philosophy. Hey, it's been 18 years since I was a bride, so why not? The first card hits, something old and something blue. I started with a totally different card concept... and I mean way different. That became too complex, so I decided clean and simple was necessary (especially since I made this card after my first one). I pulled out my Encore Ultimate Metallic silver ink for this one. I stamped using A Muse's Bomb stamp, and the inside of my card uses the same ink with their Da Bomb! stamp (beware: after a while, this ink fades... not a good choice if you're keeping something in your stash). I loved these stamps the first time I saw them because this is one of my pet phrases. After stamping on a piece of 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 black cardstock that had been corner rounded, and allowing it a few minutes to set, I pulled out my SU! Crystal Effects to give the bomb some sheen. I also used my Waterfall Stickles on the sparks to pull in some of the blue from the base of the card, and to add some more dimension. I used SU!'s Bashful Blue (and then realized that was my only sheet, so many of my fellow swappers will be using SU! Baja Breeze, which is just slightly darker in hue) for my base for a 3 x 3" card. You can't really tell from the photo, but I affixed the black panel using Dimensionals, which gave it a little lift from the blue.