OnStage 2024

These are the cards I took to OnStage 2024 in Houston.  I expect to receive a lot of cards in return that also use new Online Exclusives, but we'll see.  Join me on Thursday, March 28th to see all the cards I receive in return.  We'll be on Zoom.  Leave me a comment with your email and I'll send you the Zoom information.

Or email me at susan@northstarstamper.com to get the Zoom information.

This card came together so quickly that I added more to it with the tag and embellishments.  I often say 'Let the DSP do the work for you'. I did use adhesive sheets on the Melon Mambo cardstock before I die cut the circle on the tag.  It's so much neater than using liquid adhesive!

For some of my swaps of this card, I used the 2022-2024 In Color Baker's Twine Pack in Parakeet Party.  Once I ran out of that, I switched to the white in the Baker's Twine Essentials Pack.  

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The next swap card also came together quickly, too, by creating in steps and concentrating on one task at a time.

I used a few techniques on this card.  For the embossed layer, I inked the Timeworn Type 3D embossing folder on the Stampin' Up! logo side with Smoky Slate ink before running it through my Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine.  I used Basic White cardstock for this.

For the leaves, I stamped in Garden Green ink, then used ink from the ink pad lid with a Water Painter to color them.  Same with the Flirty Flamingo flower, using ink from the ink pad lid with a Water Painter.  When using water on a stamped image, I like to use thick cardstock in case I get heavy handed with the water.  Using thick cardstock makes my image less likely to warp.

A Daffodil Delight Marker was used to color the stamens.

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My third swap card was so fun to create, but was a bit more involved with lots of coloring!  I got creative with the colors used, so your card might be a little different if we swapped in Houston.  I'm showing several of the options I offered.

I also used a brayer technique that I haven't seen before.  Watch this video to learn how I created the background layer.

Brayer Technique

When coloring images of things found in nature (animals, trees, flowers, etc.), I use google to help me decide on colors.  However, I wanted something unique for these swaps, so I made blue flowers!  I swapped out the card base for the Lost Lagoon flowers.  Lemon Lime Twist was just too bright for the Lost Lagoon flowers.

Notes on all cards:  I separated the Natural 1/4" Wavy Trim into thinner strands for my cards.  Also, I used 2022-2024 In Color  Pearls on all these cards, but I changed out the colors on some.

To create the shadow on the flower image, I stamped, colored and die cut the image.  I then adhered the die cut to Basic Black cardstock and fussy cut that leaving the shadow effect.

ADHESIVE SHEETS saved my sanity with the sentiments!  I can't image how frustrated I would have been using another adhesive on the white 'Happy Birthday' die cut.

I had 4 cards with pink flowers and 12 cards with Tahitian Tide or Lost Lagoon flowers.  When swapping, I offered traditional pink or blue flowers.  Which do you think others chose first?  Leave me a comment on what you think.  I think the blue ones were chosen first.  I'll report back during my Zoom session that I mentioned above.  Join me March 28th!

I had a few different pink flowers like this one.

This was my favorite swap!  They were colored with Tahitian Tide Blends.

As I mentioned above, the Lost Lagoon just didn't look right with the Lemon Lime Twist card base.  Here I used Shaded Spruce instead. 

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I loved creating these cards for OnStage 2024 in Houston.  Spending time with my fellow demonstrators is always uplifting and just what I need!  #onstage2024

It's my prayer that you have a tribe to support you!