Today’s post is a combination of two things I really love: the Holiday One-for-One Card Swap and Three Things I Like posts.
Holiday One-for-One Swaps. For those who are new to my blog, I have hosted several one-for-one swaps. It’s an opportunity for my blog readers (y’all are primarily card makers) to design and create a beautiful card to share with a perfect stranger and with me. It’s simple: send me one card, and you’ll receive someone else’s card in return. For some people, this is an enjoyable challenge to design and make a card to share with someone else. For others, it’s just another chance to receive a beautiful card in the mail. Woo hoo!
Three Things I Like Posts. Every once in a while, I come across a card that just “wows” me, and I’m excited to share it with you. Rather than just show you the card, I want to talk about it – I’m really good at talking about stamping stuff, so… Anyway, this card came to me in the stack of cards that arrived as part of the Holiday One-for-One Swap. I’ll be sharing the other cards (they are ready to head to the post office today), but this is one of my favorites:
Now’s the hard part (for me). As a part of my Three Things I Like posts, I share three things I like about the presented cards. That’s difficult because I often have 15 or 20 things I like about the card – and this is no exception. This one’s definitely a “wow” card (and not all the wows can be captured in this picture), so here goes:
- Balance in Threes. In the dating world, three people creates the undesirable “third wheel,” and in social gatherings “two’s company, and three’s a crowd.” Those aren’t terribly appealing, are they? Card making is different, though? I’ve always said that there’s great balance in threes, and it’s perfectly showcased in Lisa’s card. Three snowflakes, three letters (the word “joy” is super-balanced, don’t you think?) and three strings of silver ribbon. Oh! And three little, silver bows.
- Texture, texture, texture. From the [eh,hem] glimmer paper to the smooth snowflakes and silky ribbon, Lisa’s card is filled to the brim with gorgeous texture. No one wants to run their finger over the glimmer paper because rational people would fear that they might unleash the little silver crystals. Each of the snowflakes and each of the banners is heat embossed with clear embossing powder, making each one smooth to the touch. Lisa adds even more texture with the Perfect Polka Dots textured embossing folder in the background.
- Not wasting a bit. This isn’t technically an element of the card I love, but it’s certainly worth mentioning here. As I studied Lisa’s card, I noticed that the two background snowflakes are embedded in the glimmer paper. That means my supply-saving friend has two glimmer snowflakes that are likely included in some other gorgeous card. Yipee for not wasting!
Stamp sets: Festive Flurry, A Banner Christmas Inks: Bermuda Bay, Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana Papers: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Glimmer Paper Accessories: Festive Flurry Framelits, Clear Textured Embossing Powder, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Embossing Folder, Silver 1/8″ Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I’ve done my part in praising Lisa’s gorgeous card. Now’s your turn. Please comment below to let Lisa know how much you love her card. I’ll be sharing the other cards over the next several weeks – I hope you’ll come back to check out those beauties.
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