My Alaska Swap Card Featuring Accented Blooms

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Today I'm sharing the swap card that I created for my Alaska incentive trip. I wanted to use some of my brand new Stampin' Blends Markers because I LOVE to color!  It took a little while to color the 26 cards we were asked to bring, but I love how it showcases the pretty new colors!  Have you ordered the new colors of Stampin' Blends yet?  Now is the perfect time to save 15% when you order during my Alaska 15% Off Rebate Special!

I'm also doing the pink version of this card at my "Last Thursdays" card class on Tuesday, July 31.  Hope you can join me if you're in the Fort Wayne area!

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Accent Blooms With Stampin' Blends
I love to experiment with color combinations and a card design like this makes it so much fun!  There are so many Stampin' Blends Markers from which to choose now, and the bouquet of flowers looks amazing against so many backdrops!  I could just make more and more and more of these!
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Background Basics—I started by embossing the 5-1/2" x 2-1/4" Pool Party layer with the new Tufted Textures Impressions Folder.  Oooh…what a pretty texture…it looks like a quilt or pillow!  I used Tear & Tape Adhesive to securely mount it onto a Soft Sea Foam card base.  I wrapped some Gorgeous Grape Mini Striped Ribbon around the card front and tied it into a double-knot.
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Focal Point—I stamped the Accented Blooms floral image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" piece of Whisper White cardstock, then colored it in with Stampin' Blends.  I used Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Flirty Flamingo.  TIP: I like to color in each area with the brush tip end of the light marker first, then add shaded details with the fine tip dark marker, and finish up with the fine tip light marker to blend the darker areas.
I punched the corner detail with the Detailed Trio Punch, mounted it onto a 3-5/8" square of Granny Apple Green, then popped it up over the ribbon with Dimensionals.
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Sweet Sentiment—I stamped the Accented Blooms thank you greeting in Highland Heather onto Whisper White scrap, then punched it with the Tailored Tag Punch and popped it up onto the card front. 
Two Cool—I didn't have enough striped ribbon to do all 26 cards, so I changed up my color combination a bit to do half of my cards with the Bermuda Bay Mini Striped Ribbon.  Two cool is my philosophy, anyway, right?  The background panel was changed to Highland Heather to accommodate the change.
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Alternate Colors—I swapped out the sentiment with the Accented Blooms "hello" in Pool Party. And, I changed up the coloring on the flowers, adding some Poppy Parade rather than Flirty Flamingo.
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Three Cool—We'll be making this stepped-up version at my "Last Thursdays" class on July 31.  I changed the background to a Flirty Flamingo embossed layer on a Petal Pink card base.  I included some gold accents on this one, starting with Gold Cord Trim wrapped around the card front.
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 I also mounted the stamped image onto a Gold Foil Sheet layer for a shiny frame. 
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Golden Sentiment
Finally, I stamped the Accented Blooms sentiment in VersaMark ink and embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder and a heat tool.  Wow, that looks amazing, don't you think? 
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