On Stage Swap 4 – Artistically Asian

Wow! On Stage went by so fast and I still have posts to do on the swaps I shared.  This swap, using the Artistically Asian stamp set evolved while I was playing with Glossy paper. Glossy paper is like photo paper.  Super smooth and shiny.

Stampin Up! Blends on Glossy paper

I started by adding layers of color with the Light and Dark Blends in Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, and Daffodil Delight.  I went over the layers a couple of times and tried to make the transitions blend a little, but the ink dried very quickly.

I really like the color saturation at this stage, but I needed something to make the layers ‘work’.  So, I broke out the Brusho Crystal Colours in Brilliant Red, Gamboge, and Yellow.


Stampin Up! BrushoI played with the crystals, adding more water, moving the color around with an Aqua Painter, until I was happy with the overall effect.

This had to dry, and then I had to brush off the extra crystals.  If you are a very tidy crafter, this might not be a product you enjoy. I love mixed media effects and the beautiful imperfection of the results. So I was really happy at this point!


To finish the card I decided to use the Artistically Asian stamp set.  Thank goodness my Stamparatus, that I had preordered, arrived while I was creating this swap.  Stamping on glossy paper is not for the unsteady hand.  I ended up trashing three of these backgrounds.

Finally, I mounted the backgrounds on Tangerine Tango and Basic Black.  The sentiment is from the Artistically Asian stamp set also.  I did put a retired black rhinestone as a touch of bling.  I couldn’t resist.


On Stage Swap 3 – Jar of Love

Stampin Up! On StageI was swapping at On Stage today!  I was blown away by the creativity in one ballroom. I’m amazed the walls didn’t bulge out with the energy in the room.

I swapped everything I made in the first hour of the event.  The cards I received were amazing and I will be sharing some of them here in the future.


In the meantime, here is the third swap I made.

I used the Wood Textures DSP along with the Jar of Love stamp set and dies.Jar of Love Swap

The jar is stamped on Vellum and the water was created with the Dark Pool Party Blend.

The base leaves were stamped directly on the DSP in Tranquil Tide.

I used Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, Sweet Sugarplum, Powder Pink, and Berry Burst to create the rest of the bouquet.

The ribbon was stamped in Fresh Fig and die cut.

If you swapped for this card, I hope you like it!

On Stage Swap 2 – Eastern Palace

If you’re ever in Winslow, Arizona, be sure to visit the La Posada.  It’s a Fred Harvey hotel. These hotels served the train travelers and are just amazing in their architecture, although many have been lost to time.  This particular hotel was designed by Mary Colter.  It is filled with art, and rugs, and unusual furniture pieces.  It feeds creativity.  And speaking of feeds – the Turquoise Room. I’ve eaten at restaurants of famous chefs, but the best meals I have had are here.  A ‘western palace’ of sorts.

Which leads me to my next swap using the Easter Palace DSP. I couldn’t do a swap from the annual catalog without including this bundle.  The papers are a beautiful combination of analogous colors, Tranquil Tide, Dapper Denim and Fresh Fig accented with Gold.  I chose to use a different metallic accent for this card front – copper.Eastern Palace Stampin Up! On Stage swap

The base is thick Very Vanilla with a layer of Fresh Fig cardstock.  The second layer is from the paper pack.  I used a small accent stamp from the Eastern Beauty stamp with Versamark and copper embossing powder to embellish each of the open medallions on the paper.  Stamping, coloring, or embossing our DSP is a way to make our cards even more unique.

For the medallion under the sentiment, I die cut a circle from a sheet of Tranquil Tide  DSP.  Over that, I layered a medallion cut from another paper in the pack, this one a stripped Fresh Fig pattern.  I used two of the dies together to get this ‘lacey’ look.

The sentiment, stamped in Tranquil Tide on Very Vanilla,  is from the bundled stamp set. I punched that out with a circle punch and mounted it to a slightly larger circle of copper foil paper.  The final touch was a bow of copper ribbon. I love how subtle the copper was with the Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide.

This card had a little more stamping, most of it adding the copper accent to the DSP, but the main focus was #cutthepaper.