Pretty & Simple Embellished Card

by - October 05, 2017


Firstly, let me just tell you my current obsessions. 

1. Toned Tan Card Stock - it gives SUCH a polished yet homemade look as a background. It's a little more interesting than white, yet not as distracting to the eye as a colored card base can be.

2. The Ton stamps. They are so beautiful and are great for coloring in or watercoloring. 

3. Enamel dots & Sequins. All the time. Always. I need help.

I chose the toned tan card stock for this card because I have been loving the way it looks with colored pencil. With such beautiful stamps, I knew I wanted to color them in. I colored the base of the petals and leaves in a dark tone, blended that with a similar yet lighter tone, and finished off the tip of the petal by blending in white. It gives that really beautiful rich to faded color. 

The sentiment is perhaps my favorite part of this card. I took a tip from Jennifer McGuire and die cut a rectangle shape directly from the card and applied foam tape to the back. This let the card retain the full stamp and color while still highlighting where I stamped "A Relaxing Retirement". I then simply stamped Wishing You above that. 


Then, I wanted to embellish the card. Since the sentiment looked very simple, I wanted to highlight the card in some other way. There was quite a bit of blank space above the sentiment and flower stamp. I decided to add some white enamel dots but I still wanted more. I felt it was lacking a bit of something. So, I dug into my stash and pulled out these beautiful sequins from the July My Monthly Hero kit. I placed them around randomly and adjusted them until I liked the way it looked. I think it adds a little sparkle to an otherwise very simple card. In my opinion, it doesn't take away from the flowers but adds to it with the iridescent purple color. 


I hope that you enjoyed reading about how I created this card. Let me know what you think :)

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