From 35,000 feet!

Hello Everyone!

Well, I am on my way to Convention! That’s right, as I write this post, we are at 35,000 feet about an hour and a half into our four hour flight to Salt Lake City.

In my downtime here on the plane, I wanted to post and talk about my final swap I made for Convention. I made this card for general (unscheduled) swapping and literally squeezed it in at the last minute. My flight this morning was at 7:54 a.m., with arrival to the airport at 6:00 a.m., which meant I had to be up at 4:15 a.m. to get on the road in time to make it! Even with an early wake-up, I was up until 11:00 p.m. finishing this card up.

Here it is. I made 50 for general swapping and am very pleased with how it turned out:

Open Sea Card

For this card I used The Open Sea Stamp Set (Item #128454 – wood or #123032 – clear), Work of Art Stamp Set (Item #134111 – wood or #134114 – clear) and Four You Stamp Set (Item #130535 – wood or #130538 – clear) for the ‘hello’ greeting.

The card base is Basic Black cardstock. The card front and compass background is Kraft 12″x12″ cardstock (item #133674). The card is also embellished with Basic Black Baker’s Twine (Item #134576).

While it is difficult to see, the background of the Kraft card front is actually stamped using the charter page stamp from The Open Sea Stamp Set and So Saffron ink. Up close, this adds a pretty cool effect. The sea is stamped with the horizontal brush line from the Work of Art Stamp Set with Lost Lagoon ink. To get the effect, it took 8 or 9 impressions with the stamp to add depth to the sea. The globe is stamped with Night of Navy ink and the compass, ship and greeting are stamped with Jet Black Staz On ink.

(Aside:  Now, some of you will be surprised that I used Staz On ink rather than the Memento ink available in this year’s catalog. Many of you know that I prefer the Memento ink to Staz On because Memento is water based and easier to clean and work with. However, for this card, Staz On worked better after testing because it gave a clearer, crisper image when stamping on the Kraft cardstock.  For stamping black ink on Kraft cardstock, I would highly recommend Staz On ink for a clearer, crisper image.)

I hope you all enjoy this card and feel my excitement as I successfully completed all the swaps I signed up for and committed to, plus had time to squeeze in a general swap! I’m so excited for Convention and can’t wait to arrive in Salt Lake City. I’ll be posting over the next few days the news, tidbits and other information I hear and learn while at Convention. I’ll also be posting pictures of the rest of the swap cards (and the 3-D project) I made for Convention. Some of my blog readers are in these swaps and I did not want to spoil the surprise!

Have a great Wednesday. For my Maryland friends, enjoy the ‘polar vortex’. It is supposed to fall into the 70’s for the next few days. Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to 95-100 degrees of dry heat in Salt Lake City and 70-75 degrees in San Diego with not a drop of rain in the forecast. Woohoo!!

Wishing you a happy day!

Let’s stamp the day (and night) away!

-Steven

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