I decided to play with some new dies, and this is what happened:
I got the new Simon Says Stamp Highlight Frames dies, and they make this very cool, skinny border with a fun shape that lends itself to all sorts of options. The set comes with three dies -- a heart, a circle, and a square -- so I opted to use the circle and stick a heart on it. I'm weird like that.
Even though this is a very simple card, I managed to turn it into work. I cut the die out of the green-ish card stock to make the opening, then cut it again out of white. I then cut a piece of printer paper just smaller than the green panel, and stuck the top part of the green to the printer paper.
Then I nestled the white strip up against the green, filled in the narrow space with the green strips, then scrunched the bottom skinny white part up against the green strips. Lastly, I added the bottom part of the green panel, and stuck in a white circle.
I have a bunch of die-cut hearts on my desk that I made from a left-over tag that was used to clean up ink from my craft mat*. I thought the colors were close enough to use them here.
Here's another version, just flipped, and with a different heart:
Here's yet another version, where I used the colored die-cut piece with a white card panel:
I actually made this one before the green ones, and I decided I liked the colored backgrounds better than the white. This heart also has a lot more color in it. And I might need to break up with colored embossing powders, as there's a halo of red around that sentiment, even though I used my powder tool. Sigh. Next time I'll use red pigment ink and clear embossing powder.
In other news, I discovered that my cache of SU Poppy Parade card stock (red panel) is a darn close match to Simon Says Stamp's Lipstick Red (die-cut). Sometimes that hoarded card stock from forever ago comes in handy.
I'm going to see what else I can cook up in the craft room today. Thanks for stopping by!
* Back when I took the Online Card Classes: Creative Chemistry 101 and 102 classes, one of the things Tim suggested we do was use a tag to pick up left-over inks from our craft mats. No need to waste! While clearing out some boxes last week, I found one of those tags, and I die-cut a bunch of hearts out of it. Those hearts now live on my desk, and I'm using them!
Stuff I used: SU Poppy Parade card stock, Bazzill Navajo card stock, and the following: