The Card Concept Challenge this week. Every two weeks (called a fortnight by our Canadian friends) during the school year, we are presented with an inspirational photo and we can interpret that however we want to create a card. In my case, I chose to do a pastel color palette and to keep my card pretty simple. In fact, there is no stamping done here. I've notice Nichol Spohr has been doing some cards in this style lately so I'm not feeling too bad about not stamping on here. When I first started making cards two years ago, I did a lot of cards with no stamping in the beginning. I didn't know how to stamp anything and I didn't have very much variety in the stamps I owned. But since I came here from scrapbooking. I did have a lot of dies. Now, of course, I know how to stamp and the MISTI makes it super easy to get a more saturated color by double stamping or getting any spot that might not have stamped well. Normally I would have a least stamped the greeting, but I wanted to use this pre-foiled greeting that matched my Designer Paper.
I started with a top folding card base made from Stamper's Select White Cardstock. Next I die cut a panel of the Peach, Pink, White, Mint and Gold patterned paper using the Gift Card Layers Die from WPLUS9. The largest die in this set cut a full A2 sized panel with a stitched detail all the way around. The paper itself came from Hobby Lobby. I love the bold gold graphic pattern in so I wanted that to be "the show" on my card.
I have a whole pile of sentiments that came in another specialty paper pack I bought not long ago. It was a 12 x 12 Gold and White pack of paper from Die Cuts With a View. Inside, there were two pages full of these pre-printed, foiled sentiments that match perfectly. This one happened to be in the shape of a hexagon, so I used the Hexagon dies from Papertrey's Modern and Marbled Kit to make a mat for the sentiment. Since the lines around the sentiment are straight, I just cut that piece with my paper trimmer. I mounted it directly to the mat, and then mounted that piece with Thin 3D Foam Squares from Scrapbook Adhesives onto my card front. This was a fast and easy way to pull a card together quickly when you don't have time to sit and stamp all the pieces out. You still want something that looks great, but that takes a lot less time.
I had a little trouble photographing this card so that you'd be able to see the gold so that's why the front and back are spread so far apart. If I hadn't done that, it just looked like black lines instead of gold!
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