Some of my neighborhood card makers are having a get together and doing a buffet card swap. Some folks call them shoe box swaps. But the idea is for several people to design a card and make kits and instructions to teach that card to the other people in the swap. You gather all the supplies into a shoe box and meet to swap card ideas and make the cards together. Now, this can be challenging because often you'll have card makers with different experience levels. There are also likely to be very different tastes among the many different card makers, but that's really part of the fun. I decided to design a sweet card that is good for any occasion and includes candy! Who wouldn't love to get a card and some candy?
Everything on this card is from My Favorite Things. I had the opportunity to attend a class at their Eustis, FL store last month and I've been crushing on everything MFT ever since. I started with an A-2 top fold card base using MFT Wild Wisteria Prestige Card Stock and cutting it at 4 1/4 by 11 then scoring it at 5 1/2. I used the MFT Nugget Label Window and Frame dienamics and the MFT Nugget Trio Shaker Pouches to add my Hershey Nugget candies to the card front. This dienamics set is so fun because it cuts the perfect sized rectangle for the shaker pouch and the papers to wrap each little candy individually. But wait, there's more! It even cuts a little thumb slot and tear strips on the back so it's easy for your friend to remove and enjoy the candy once they get the card. How fun is that? That TEAR and arrow are from the MFT Interactive labels set and I used Scor Tape to adhere the shaker pouch plastic to the back of the pink striped card stock before I filled it with the wrapped candies and glued it to my card base. Once the Scor-Tape held the plastic pouch in place, I liked the slip of liquid glue so that I could move it around just a bit and make sure it was lined up properly on the left front of my card base. Once the glue dried, the candies are held securely in place.
All of the decorative colorful papers are from the MFT Party Patterns 6X6 paper pack. I used the pink stripes along with the MFT Stitched Scallop Basic Edges dienamics to add that darling scalloped and stitched edge. Next, I pulled out my MFT Blueprints 27 dienamics to cut three fishtail banners and the white scalloped edge card for the inside of the card.
Let me just stop for a moment here and tell you how much everyone needs the Blueprints 27 from MFT. It's a super versatile selection of card pieces that you will return to again and again. I know that I use it so often it never gets put away properly. I searched through several MFT stamp sets to find the perfect sentiment and landed on this one from the Woodland Friends Stamp Set. I adhered the two colorful banners directly to the card and used foam tape to pop up the sentiment strip. I shaded the side and bottom of the strip with the C1 Copic Marker and added some faux stitching with a black pen.
The adorable waving elephant is from the MFT Adorable Elephants set. I stamped her onto Neenah Solar White 80lb card stock with MFT Extreme Black Hybrid Ink and colored her with Copic Markers. I only used three colors. C1, C3 and RV00 for easy color and shading. Then I added some eyelashes and a few trunk wrinkles with a black pen, but otherwise, I kept it super simple and fast. There's so much going on with the rest of this card, and seriously, there's candy - so who's going to pay much attention to my coloring here? I adhered the elephant to the card using foam tape to give it a bit of dimension. I used a couple coordinating colors of MFT Hybrid ink in Wild Wisteria and Tickled Pink to stamp some more elephants and fun designs from the stamp set on the inside of the card.
Finally, I added the heart shaped balloon on a string cut from a scrap of pink card stock and shaded it with the RV00 Copic marker and used a white gel pen to add a shine to the top. I adhered it to the card front with foam tape to finish the card.
I think my friends will have fun making these fun (and yummy) cards, and the recipients will enjoy them even more. I'm looking forward to seeing all of the other card designs too. I hope you're inspired to try a shoe box swap with your crafty friends. Just dig into your supplies stash and get creative. I'm convinced that crafting is good medicine!
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