Actually, this is my first ever swap card. I designed it for the Convention Quality Swap hosteted by Lyssa Zwolanek at the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference last week.
I showed the card to my daughter, who said it looked like something Red Lobster should send out to their customers. According to her It looks like the Red Lobster lobster. And it really does except it’s blue instead of red.
The funny thing is, I was going for a Cape Cod or Nantucket feel. That’s what this stamp set reminds me of. The red chevron paper is from the Parker’s Patterns designer series paper. Both the stamps and paper are from the new Stampin’ Up spring catalog. I have a hard time mixing patterned paper though, and everything I put with the chevron seemed to busy. So I ended up creating my own “designer” paper by stamping multiple rows of the fish in alternating colors.
I got some really great cards in the swap, which I’ll post soon, but I really stressed over mine. I do like how it turned out although in retrospect it was a very complex card to make. I knew I wanted to use the new canvas paper and I saw a technique for the ombré effect which went really well with my “beachy” theme. And the knot was a cool technique I saw on a card in the catalog. Nothing about the card was difficult, but there were just too many steps for a mass-produced card.
So that’s the story behind this card. What do you think?