The colors and patterns were inspired by the Inspired By picture. I liked the neutrals hues with a touch of light blue, and the large letters, as well as the wood textures. It inspired me to pull out the Large Letters Framelits, which became the starting point of this card. Because most French words are long, "Allo" (hello) seemed like a good short option, and the Create with Connie and Mary sketch had a great large main panel that was perfect for my letter. I knew I wanted to use the Tree Rings background stamp and the Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder. The Buffalo Plaid background stamp was an afterthought - the card base seemed a ltitle bare and I thought the Buffalo plaid would work with the warm, cozy cabin feel. I didn't want to use Classic ink as I thought it would be too dark, so I used VersaMark and clear embossing powder instead. I'm happy with the soft result (and the little bit of shine).
Because the card still seemed a little bare with just the letters, I found "dear" in the Stitched All Around stamp set and I added it on a slim piece of cardstock, topped with a galvanised button trimmed with Vanilla cotton twine (both from the Holidays catalogue). I also added four silver pearls in each corner of the embossed cardstock. By the way, I used a dauber and Basic Grey ink to hilghight the embossed patterns of the wood. This step totally changed the look of the card and gave it better dimension.
Colour Combo: Smoky Slate + Basic Grey + Balmy Blue + Very Vanilla
Stampin' Up! Supplies
Stamps: Buffalo Plaid, Tree Rings. Cousu avec soin (Stitched All Around)
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Very Vanilla, Balmy Blue, Basic Grey
Ink: VersaMark, Basic Grey, Balmy Blue
Accessories: Large Letters Framelits, Galvanized Buttons, Festive Farm Cotton Twine,
Stampin' Dimensionals, Metallic Pearls, Sponge Daubers, Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder,
Very Vanilla Medium Envelope