Another One-for-One card swap has come and gone – well, I received all the wonderful swap cards and mailed them back out. By now, folks across the U.S. should be receiving their swap cards in the mail. Yippee! Since I’ll be sharing these cards in posts over the next week, I guess the swap hasn’t really gone – in some ways it’s just getting started. 🙂
This is the first day I’ll be sharing cards from the swap – and I’m sharing one of my favorites from the collection of cards. I gasped as I opened several of the cards that arrived in my mailbox – this is one of them. I opened this beauty several times just to take another peek – and gasped every time.
How beautiful is this card by Brenda Sprenger? Now’s the fun part. I’m going to share three things I really love about Brenda’s card – tough to narrow it down to three, but I’ll try. Even as I narrow down my choices, it’s difficult for me to stop looking at this card. I’ll stop delaying and get right to it:
Three Things I Like About Brenda’s Card
- Chalkboard Paper. That’s not just Basic Black card stock that serves as the front panel for this card – it’s Chalkboard Paper. When Chalkboard Paper debuted in the Occasions Catalog, I was intrigued. I only used it once (it didn’t get filed away with my other papers, so I kinda forgot about it). That said, I was excited to see the Chalkboard Paper used here. What a wonderful way to create a dramatic effect that’s still soft and beautiful.
- Daubered Butterflies. I am enamored with the butterflies Brenda daubered in the background with the Rose Coral and Yellow Citrus ColorBox Chalk Ink Pads. Brenda cropped a butterfly with the Butterflies Thinlits and used that cutout to ink the negative image of the butterfly on the background of the card. What a wonderful idea for a truly incredible effect. Love this!
- Wrapped Banner. I love how Brenda’s vellum banner is presented on the face of this card. Velum can be tricky to work with, but her vellum banner extends perfectly from underneath this butterfly. She COULD have started the banner at the edge of the card, but she chose to ground it along the edge of the bottom wing. Sweet perfection.
- Softer Base. I know I said I would limit my list to three things, but I run things around here, so I changed my rule midstream. I just wanted to point out one more thing – I LOVE that Brenda designed her card with a So Saffron base – I usually go with a darker base on my cards. The So Saffron butterfly on the card front causes this card base to really pop. Beautiful!
Stamp Sets: Hello Life Papers: Chalkboard Paper, So Saffron, Velum Cardstock Inks: Rose Coral ColorBox Chalk Ink, Yellow Citrus ColorBox Chalk Ink, Jet Black StazOn Accessories: Butterflies Thinlits, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I am sure you love Brenda’s card as much as I do. Please leave a comment below to let her know what you think of her card. Only one card swap participant will receive her card in the mail – and I’m already regretting letting go of this one. 🙂
I’ll be sharing more of the swap cards over the next week. I’m excited to share them, so please come back.
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