I just have to admit, I've fallen head over heels in love with this card! I was skeptical at first, but the longer I've looked at it, the more in love I am! I even sent it to my team asking their opinion for reassurance.
Today's card is the second card I made for a big sneak peek swap I organized. I shared the first card here. Today's card also includes several sneak peeks:
- Marquee Messages Stamp Set
- Emerald Envy Card Stock and Ink
- Melon Mambo Thick Baker's Twine (just like the current thick baker's twine, but now in Melon Mambo)
Being the crazy fool that I am, I decided this would be a "quick and easy" card so I decided to make 20 of them for the swap. What was I thinking?!?!?! It's not bad if you're making a couple, but after 20 I was ready to pull my hair out - and afraid I'd run out of baker's twine!
Here's how I made the card:
The colored strips are Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, and Tempting Turquoise. I'd love to say that I'm creative enough to come up with that combo all on my own, but I'm not. It's a color combo in one of the Designer Series Paper collections in the new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. I spent A LOT of time trying to decide the color order. And I'm sad to say, after all of that I assembled the swaps upside down (face palm). The card displayed here was the prototype showing how they should have looked. I definitely liked the Melon Mambo baker's twine layered over the Emerald Envy instead of the Pumpkin Pie card stock. Oh well. Unless the folks who receive my swap come to my blog, they'll never know!
The colored strips are 3-3/4" x 15/16". Yes. I'm that crazy. But, that's the way they fit! They're adhered to a Whisper White layer that measures 4" x 5-1/4". After adhering the strips to the white, I ran the whole sheet through the Big Shot using the Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder.
The vellum layer measures 2-3/4" x 3-1/2" and is adhered to the strips using SNAIL. I then wrapped the Melon Mambo Thick Baker's Twine around twice. I almost wrapped it three times and I'm so glad I didn't! I would have run out without the ability to order more until yesterday!
The pompom-like bow was pretty easy. After wrapping the Melon Mambo Thick Baker's Twine around twice and tying a single-knot, I laid two 1-1/2" pieces of Melon Mambo Thick Baker's Twine in the middle of the knot before tying the second knot. I pulled tight and then frayed all 6 of the ends. I think it's super festive and it looks better than a plain knot or even a bow.
The focal point was adhered over the vellum using Dimensionals because the twine is so thick. My team thought the card needed bling. I thought enough is enough and the people who receive my swap can add bling if they feel it is necessary. Ha Ha! I think this card screams "teen birthday"! What do you think?