I designed today's card for this week's Global Design Project, which is a "Case the Designer" challenge:
I have to admit I struggled this week. It took me a couple of hours (and at least two episodes of Grey's Anatomy) to come up with a concept that made me happy but I AM happy with the final result! Sometimes you just have to throw a couple of ideas out there and if they don't work, it's okay!
I liked the idea that Allison had stamped her background but I'll let you in on a little secret about me...I don't have a lot of patience for lining things up perfectly. With that in mind, I decided to use the beautiful Post Script background stamp. This stamp made me think of a lifetime of love letters, which made me decide that this project was going to become an anniversary card. This is how my brain works...sometimes there's a complete idea in my head when I start, and sometimes it just develops as I go along. I inked the image with Soft Suede ink and stamped it on to So Saffron cardstock. I wanted a more antique look, so I also brushed the cardstock with a sponge dabbed in Soft Suede ink.
Since this was turning into an anniversary card, the perfect set to pull it all together was Beautiful Bouquet and coordinating framelits.
I love all the sentiments in this set for a couple of reasons...there are so many, making this set very versatile for many occasions, and I'm a sucker for mixed fonts! And then there is the gorgeous flowers and framelits to cut them out...who could ask for more? How about that this set and framelits are available in the Beautiful Bouquet bundle this year, which saves you 10%!
For the flowers, I could easily have cut them from colored paper, but I wanted them to be various colors. I chose to watercolor a piece of watercolor paper with Tranquil Tide, Crushed Curry and Soft Suede ink. Once it was dry, I cut my flowers out! I used Gold Glimmer paper for the leaves.
The circle was cut with the Stitched Shapes framelits (I'm telling you, if you don't have this framelit set, you HAVE to get it...I use it on sooooo many projects!) from Soft Suede cardstock. The sentiment is stamped with VersaMark ink and embossed with gold embossing powder.
I finished up the front with a small Linen Thread bow, and layered it all on to a Tranquil Tide card front. The inside was stamped using Soft Suede and Crushed Curry inks on Very Vanilla cardstock.
I LOVE how the Gold Glimmer sparkles!!
I used the following products on this project:
Take a couple of minutes to check out some great ideas for this challenge over at the Global Design Project website...and maybe play along!
Until next time...happy stampin'!