Wow. This long holiday weekend kicked my butt. I've been sick. No stamping. No fireworks...I slept through them. I think I'm coming out of it and starting to feel better, but don't be surprised if posting is spotty this week.
Today's card was made last week, and it's deceptively simple. I think there's a lot going on, but the design itself is so straightforward.
The border was made with a Martha Stewart pine bough border punch, and the oval was cut using an old Creative Memories oval cutter system. It fits the Papertrey stamp perfectly!
The border was just too subtle all by its lonesome, so I added a few rows of silver twine wrapped around it. These really give some definition to the border and unify the design by connecting with the silver ink and border on the oval.
I really liked this soft and simple card, but it definitely lacks color. While I contemplated various ways to add color to the design, these strips of green bling practically jumped onto the card.
I'm agnostic on whether or not the green bling improves the card. I like the card equally with and without. I'm interested to hear what you think.
Techique Tip: While I could have layered the oval with silver paper for a mat (the CM cutter system makes that fairly easy), I drew the silver border on with a metallic Prismacolor broad-tip marker. This takes a steady hand, but it works. Just set the broad tip at an angle against the edge of the shape, and slide it around. If you get too little in one place, you can go back over it. After the card was finished, I wished I'd tried to draw a silver border rather than use the twine, and perhaps I'll try that on a later card.
So many ideas, so little time.
Here's hoping you had a safe, healthy Independence Day weekend.
ink: Brilliance silver
paper: Neenah Solar white in 80# and 110#
accessories: CM oval cutter tools, Martha Stewart border punch, silver twine, silver Prismacolor marker, dimensionals, rhinestones