By Judi Kauffman
This is the story of how an über-busy card evolved. But the story doesn’t have an ending because I can’t decide whether I love it or should hide it under a rock. The jury is still out.
What do you think?
It started out as a simple elegant card. I put a 3.5” x 5” piece of alcohol-ink altered Red Metallic Shimmer Sheetz onto the front of a black A2 size top-fold card base and die cut the word Believe from dark wine red cardstock to place at an angle, using slivers of Power Tabs to add dimension.
But it was so boring and needed something else. I altered some lacy black border peel-offs with the same alcohol inks and put a strip at the right and left sides of the Shimmer Sheetz. Better, but still not very interesting.
I added a second die cut layer, this time the word Believe in soft beige, again held in place with slivers of Power Tabs to add dimension.
Things were looking up but the card remained kind of gloomy and I wanted something livelier. I die cut Ribbons & Jewels strips and Circles background from Red Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz, backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet and positioned pieces around the top and bottom of the card.
Happy at last! And while I was at it, I added a bit more sparkle with Transparent Glitter Dots.
But this card is definitely Not for Minimalists. If your first response was that this card has way too much going on:
*Stop after the first step or two.
*Switch to a color combination that is more to your liking.
*Choose different peel-offs for the borders.
*Pick a different die for the sentiment.
(In other words, alter this card to suit your taste!)
Here is a supply list, just in case you like some or all of the elements and want to make your own version:
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
Shimmer Sheetz in Red Metallic or color of choice
Any linear border peel-offs in black (plain or fancy)
803 Metal Adaptor Plate (needed for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz)
Other – Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs; Non-stick scissors (to cut Power Tabs); Alcohol inks in assorted dark colors, ink applicator tool; Cardstock in black, dark red, and light beige