What’s a shoe box swap? It’s a fun card making event! Each guest brings all of the supplies needed to make a card… and packs it all in a shoe box, of course!
In the shoe box is a sample of the finished card, pre-cut card stock and all the stamps, ink & accessories needed to make the card. Quick & Easy are the best type of cards for these events, but if your card has a different technique or a tricky part, you might want to include directions as well.
Time to stamp! There are a few different ways to set up a shoe box swap event, but here are the main two: Everyone stays in their seat and the shoe boxes are rotated or the shoe boxes stay where they are and the people move around to them.
This past Friday I attended a shoe box swap and here are the fabulous cards that I made…
This first card was designed by Jena Schultz and was much easier to put together than it looks! We used the Envelope Punch Board to create the top of the camera – just line up each side at 1″ and punch, then use a paper cutter or scissors to cut off the sides in straight lines. Use the corner rounder at the top of the Envelope Punch Board to create the rounded corners on the bottom of the camera.
This fun fold graduation card was designed (and made!) by Cathy Sonntag. She took pity on me towards the end of the night and made it for me because it was my last card and it was too late in the evening for me to think! It opens up just like a regular card, but it has two pockets in the front to stash cash or gift cards for the graduate.
This masculine card was designed by Helen Meissner. She created a template with a rectangle cut in the middle that we placed over the card stock. Then we stamped & sponged creating the rectangle. Remove the template, then stamp the main tree image and the greeting.
This window card was designed by Kim Vale. The trick was to temporarily tape the patterned paper to the card front, cut out the window through both layers with a Window Frames die, then un-attach the patterned paper to add the ribbon and tape it back to the front for good. The Stamp-a-ma-jig came to the rescue to help get the vases and greeting stamped in the center of the window.
One of the great things about these kind of swaps is that you can alter the card any way you want! Lori Brausen designed this card, but her version had a lot of Summer Starfruit on it and that is my least favorite color EVER!!! So I replaced it with more blue because that’s my favorite color!
This ombre Fringe Scissor flapper card designed by Lyssa Zwolanek was one of my favorites because it’s in my colors! So pretty. Just be sure you don’t cut all the way through the card stock – be sure to leave an uncut strip at the top to keep it together as a strip.
Can never have enough masculine card ideas! On this one we used the Masking Tape Technique to create the colored lines. A little washi accent in the top corner adds a lot! (This card and the card below were designed by sisters Paula Connell & Kathy Beck… I’m not sure which sister designed which card, but hey, sisters share, right?)
More masking and sponging on this oval window card. After stamping the flowers, we placed an oval mask over them and sponged around it. Makes a nice mat!
I think I should have stamped off the watercolor stamp when I made this card designed by Penni Litwiller. It’s too dark so you can’t really see the “Shine On” nail polish image stamped over it. I do love the small silver ribbon tied around the chevron ribbon though! That chevron ribbon is an optical illusion, so when you try to use it straight across a card it just doesn’t look straight!
This thank you card designed by Jamie Van Haren was my favorite one to make because it was quick and easy! A little patterned paper, a greeting and two flower stamps with coordinating punches. BAM! It’s done.
Finally, here’s the card that I brought for everyone to make…
It was one of the One Sheet Wonder cards I made, but I had a second piece of the chevron patterned paper that I was able to cut up for everyone to make this same card.
What do you think? Ready to host your own shoe box swap? All you’ll need are a date, time, place & some fellow card makers!
Questions about any of these cards? Leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer.