I don't know when to quit; when to admit I've been beaten. After this episode, I think I'll be fine with the knowledge that I have the skillz to make a shaped card if I never need to. Otherwise, I'll stick to plain ol' A2.
After the owl disaster, I decided to try a less-fussy shape, and used the same balloon shape as this card. I sized it to just under A2 size and this is what came out:
A Cut Above class and used only the sentiment, sized it, then cut it out of red. I lost the dot for the 'i', but I was okay with that, thinking I'd just add a faux gem. Then I chose silver, and I had to add a few more to make it look less out-of-place. Then I stopped.
It's not too bad. Let me show you of bit of the design process. Here is the image from Silhouette Studio before I sent it to cut:
This is what it looks like (mostly) open:
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