This card was inspired both by a Falliday Fest challenge and the Freshly Made Sketch #259. The inspiration piece reminded me of the Elementary Elegance stamp set from many Sale-A-Brations ago. I thought the frame with the crown on top, embossed in verdigris powder, with a copper-embossed sentiment would fit the bill nicely. Speaking of the sentiment, it comes from an oooold hostess set called Afterthoughts. I've had this stamp set for years and have barely ever inked it. Not for lack of trying but the sentiments never really seemed to fit for anything. The idea behind those sentiments that they have a main sentiment followed by an additional thought. In this case, for example, it went "A little something for you - no need to share". While the first part works on a card, the second part simply does not make sense. I've been thinking for a long time that I should have cut the second part off the stamps before mounting the set - and today, I decided to get my scissors out and cut off the parts of the sentiments I simply do not like. No point in maintaining the stamps as they are, as time has proven that they are useless to me that way. I'm feeling better about this set already and was eager to get it used - finally!
I kept the design simple, using cute, shimmery patterned paper to do most of the work for me. I did, however, use a Mini Fringe Die-namics die to make tassels for my baker's twine. I got this die for free with an order and was wondering when I found it in my package if I would really find it useful. Turns out the mini fringe is perfect to make tassels, which are all the rage right now! (I dare you to try and find a pair of flat shoes with no tassels on them - they're everywhere!) It's a fun detail that really adds to the look of the card. I simply placed a line of tear' n tape adhesive on the back of the paper before roling it around the end of the baker's twine.
Stamps: Arrière-pensées (Afterthoughts), Élégance élémentaire (Elementary Elegance)
Cardstock: Wisteria Wonder
Patterned Papers: Painted Fancy (Recollections)
Ink: VersaMark, Flirty Flamingo
Accessories: Envelope Punch Board, Mini Fringe Die-namics, Sequins,
Wonky Stitches Circles Die-namics, Stampin' Dimensionals, Cotton Twine,
Embossing Powders (Verdigris, Copper), Chevron Stripes Die-namics