Hi, everyone! I hope you're having a fantastic day. It's a great one in the sunny Midwest, U.S.A. It might get a little hotter than I prefer, but, oh well, it IS almost SUMMER! And my card has a very light, summery, sun-shiney feel to it. Naturally, I used mostly scraps, but all the colored pieces came from the same mat pad, and I needed to cut only one new piece.
I started by choosing some edge punches to play with. Two of them got badly stuck when I was testing, so I had to do a little repair before continuing. TIP: If you haven't used your punches in awhile, get out the old waxed paper, and punch through that first to lube them up a bit. If the punches seem dull, you can sharpen them by punching some aluminum foil.
Once I had chosen my punches (and reconditioned them) I started looking for my paper. I wanted a sweet look for the card, so the K&Company Brenda Walton 'Small Wonders Girl' was the perfect choice. I had used this 4x6 mat pad before and had several scraps that were just the right size (with a little trimming here and there). Here is a nice close pic where you can see the detail of the punches:
I used a peachy plaid mat layer for the base (3 1/2 x 5 1/2). I had a perfectly sized strip with multi-colored diagonal stripes to use for the lacy edges. I punched both long sides of the strip, cut it in half, and affixed the pieces to the back of the base letting just the lacy border peek out. I also used the lacy punch for the bottom edge of the centerpiece. I don't have a photo, but I cleaned up the back with a plain white piece of card stock, again letting the lacy border show. This also gives a nice space for a message and signature.
I punched the side edges of the white layer with a scalloped lattice border punch, and affixed it on top of the base allowing the base to show through the lattice. I wanted just a little something else to cut some of the white, so I added the layered strips. Then I needed the sentiment.
I had cut and punched a small card for the front, and stamped 'Happy Birthday' inside using one of my favorite little sets from PAPERTREYink, 'Communique Curves Sentiments.' The ink is 'Onyx Black' from Versafine.
So, you can see this card was really quite simple, but I think it's a very sweet card for summertime or just anytime!
This was such a fun and quick card to put together. Change up the colors and the sentiment and it can be made for many different occasions. I'm thinking fun multiples for Christmas.
The Card A Day Blog will be going on hiatus for awhile at the end of this month, but I'll be sure to let you know when we are planning to return (probably in September) with more daily inspiration and more challenges. I'll still be right here, though, with more goodies from Beccy's Place coming soon.
'Til then.....I'll be counting down to that blog milestone and some blog candy. So stay tuned, and thanks so much for visiting.