That brings me to this New Catalog Open House card.
This card uses just about every toy, I mean tool that I own. I can't call them toys too much....Don will think that I'm actually having fun and then he'll take away my buying privileges (and we can't have that now). I love my tools! They really do make card making and scrap booking much quicker and easier.
Here's a quick run down...
I used the Big Shot and the small dots plate from Background #1 Texturz plates for the Very Vanilla layer. I wrapped a length of Soft Suede Polka Dot ribbon around that, using the unpolka dotted side (it's like double-sided ribbon--twice the bang for your buck). Then layered it all onto a Soft Suede card base.
The large circles were created using the Circle Scissor Plus. It's one of those tools that the more you use it, the better you get. I highly recommend this tool! I can't even cut a circle on a drawn line and make it look nice. I start with the smallest circle (Very Vanilla) and work my way larger (Crushed Curry & Soft Suede). I first stamped my flower image from the Wonderful Watercolors set (it is on the Dormant List this year but is available for purchase). Because this is a 2-step stamping set, I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get that perfect image placement (outline is in Jet Black StazOn and the second step in Crushed Curry and Old Olive). Then I cut the circle with the Circle Scissor Plus around the image. I wanted the image to be a little off center to allow for the sentiment and embellishing.
The sentiment is just the word 'JOY' that I markered in Soft Suede from the saying "JOY is to behold GOD in everything" (also in the Wonderful Watercolors set). I used the 1" circle, 1-1/4" circle and the 1-3/8" circle punches to create this layered sentiment. I stuck a Saffron brad in the center of the 'O' for added visual dimension.
The space above the sentiment and to the right of the image was in need of something. I pulled out my mat pack and paper piercing tool and added the piercing. I followed along a circle of scrap that I had cut (again using the Circle Scissor Plus). I just eyeballed the spacing. I like how the piercing filled in the space but think that perhaps a butterfly popped on a dimensional would look nice too.
Yes. I went a little overboard on the tools. But, it was a JOY! What do you think?
Take joy in your day today! I hope you've been inspired to break out all of your toys!
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