And after all that, here's my masterpiece. Well at least it's my finished card even if it isn't quite a masterpiece! Hope you like it...
Stamps: Baroque Motif
Cardstock: Kraft, Taken with Teal, Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Cameo Coral cardstocks with Welcome Neighbor Designer Series Paper (SAB freebie!)
Ink: Chocolate Chip for sponging, VersaMark pad, and Basic Black Marker
Accessories: Stampin' Pastels, Scallop Border Punch, Small Heart Punch, Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, White Gel Pen, Dimensionals, and a sponge quarter
Well, what do you think? The final dimensions let the card just barely fit into a 5 1/2" square envelopes that Stampin' Up! sells so it can actually be mailed. So that's good.
The swirly design is so soft because I used the "poppin' pastels" technique. It's been ages since I cracked open my pastels, but they worked very nicely on this card. This is one of those techniques that seem to be forgotten most of the time, but always look lovely when used.
And in case I forgot to mention, half of the punches are all new ones from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I just love all the new products that are available. If you don't have the mini catalog yet and would like to see one, you can click on the button to the right to see it online right now, or contact me and I'd be happy to mail you one. Either way, you'll be impressed by all the new stamps and accessories that are now available!
Well, that's about it for today. I hope the next project I tackle doesn't take quite so long to finish. But sometimes what you get is worth all the extra effort. Thanks for stopping by. And leave a comment 'cuz I just love reading them!