This card came together really quickly. I thought the ColourQ combo #271 had a certain retro flair, which prompted me to get my retired She's All That stamp set out. I picked out the pregnant lady image because I need an English baby card in my collection and I used the Dot Dot Dot stamp (sadly, also retired) to add polka dot in the background, to keep with the retro theme. Pairing the colour challenge with the sketch from Create with Connie and Mary #333 helped design the card really quickly.
The idea to mat the image with the Top Note die was a happy coincidence, as I found a Top Note die-cut in my Cherry Cobbler file while looking for cardstock in this colour. I think it looks even better than a rectangle mat would have. You'll notice the image in the sketch is not a perfect rectangle, and that shape worked perfectly with the retro theme, so I played on this when cutting around my image. To add the black mat, I pulled out a long-retired tool that I've always loved: the Perfect Layers rulers. I allowed me to get a perfect 1/16-inch mat around the main image even though it's not a traditional shape (it would have been harder to create a perfect mat using the paper cutter). The rounded Bermuda Bay strip is also a coincidence - I wanted to use textured cardstock in my file and found a piece that had been cut in a wave pattern. I liked the look so instead of cutting it straight, I kept the paper scrap as is to use on my project. A lot of happy coincidences made this card come together really quickly today and I'm really happy with the end result.
Color Combo: Cherry Cobbler + Bermuda Bay + Hello Honey + Crumb Cake +
Basic Black + Whisper White
Stampin' Up! Supplies
Stamps: She's All That, Dot Dot Dot, Fine Flourish
Cardstock: Hello Honey, Cherry Cobbler, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Crumb Cake
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Hello Honey, VersaMark
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Brights and Regals Designer Buttons,
Top Note Die, Black Stampin' Emboss Powder, Stampin' Dimensionals,
Perfect Layers Tool and Craft Knife, White Medium Envelope