Welcome back to the craft room and today’s Flashback Friday Scrapbook Expo Card Swap post. Before the pandemic of 2020 hit, my sister and I always attended the Colorado Scrapbook Expo. In 2017 we decided to step up our game and took full advantage of the 2 day crafting adventure. The card exchange was something new for both of us and a lot of fun to participate in.
Here are two short videos I created sharing how I added the color and dimension to the flowers used on the swap cards. Copic Flicking Technique and Daisy Shaping. Now, let me show you the cards I made.
2017 Scrapbook Expo Card Swap
The last weekend of September, my sister and I attended the Denver Scrapbook Expo. It was two days of fun, laughter, learning and shopping until our wallets cried!! LOL We have attended this event in the past, but this year we took it a step farther. We attended some of the classes that were offered and participated in the Friday afternoon card swap.
The idea behind the swap is to create a card within a certain set of parameters. For Friday afternoon, it was using the colors brown or orange, or creating a “friends” or “you’re special” card. Make a total of 16 cards; 15 will be swapped with the other participants. The last card is put on display to be chosen as the “most desired card” and will be kept by the expo team. Today I would like to share with you the card that I made for the swap.
Hello Swap Card
The card base is made with heavy weight dark brown cardstock. The cream color mat is partially embossed with my sisters Cuttlebug “Simple Flowers” embossing folder. To separate the embossed portion from the stamped sentiment, I used some brown Offray satin ribbon from Wal-Mart. The “Hello” sentiment is from the Hampton Art stamp set – Layering Butterfly Hello Beautiful. The original sentiment said “Hello Beautiful”, however I wanted to keep it more generic. My husband sliced off the “Beautiful” part that I can still use later if the need arises. The new sentiment was then stamped with Rich Cocoa Memento ink.
The cute daisy, created from three different punches by Recollections and The Paper Studio was made from the same cream color card. I added color with Copic markers in Y17 and YR68. The daisy was first colored completely with Y17. To add detail and depth use the flicking technique with YR68. Blend it in a bit with Y17to complete the coloring. The leaf cluster, from the Spellbinders Foliage die set, cut from Bazzill Basic card added the final touch. To give the flower and leaf cluster more dimension I used the McGill flower shaping tools kit.
Below is a photo of my cards, ready for the swap. 16 cards for the swap, 1 for my sister, and 1 to keep.
The Cards I Chose
Here is a picture of the 15 cards that I chose from the amazing selection that was available. Sadly, I wasn’t able to get one from each participant. There were more than 15 of us total for the swap and we only made 15 cards. They were all so beautiful it was hard to pick.
Each and every lady that attended the swap is incredibly talented. I want to thank you for your creativity and your inspiration!
Thank you for joining me for today’s Flashback Friday Scrapbook Expo Card Swap post. It was so much fun seeing all of the amazing cards that everyone created. As you can see in the picture above, all levels of creativity were on display. Have you ever participated in a card swap before? If so, was it an in-person event or online? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments below.
Until then, have an amazing weekend. I’ll see you back in the craft room again real soon!