Last week was so exciting; I got my first shipment of new products from the upcoming 2016-2017 Annual Catalog!!!
One of the best perks of being a demonstrator is having the opportunity to pre-order new products. I just can’t help myself when I see a new catalog and all the new products. I get so inspired and I want to try them ALL!!! Of course, I can’t do that … so I have to prioritize based on my budget and what I need for upcoming occasions. Right now, I have a need for lots of graduation cards. So, the Perfectly Wrapped stamp set really caught my eye.
This stamp set is designed to coordinate with a great gift wrapping project kit that’s in the new catalog, but I figured it’s also perfect for graduations and thank yous.
This weekend, I needed to make a quick thank you for a friend and client of my husband’s. Every time my husband helps this guy out, he buys gifts for the kids and I!!! How nice is that? We don’t even do the work, yet we get presents!!! I’m telling you, we LOVE this guy. He deserves a really nice thank you card.
I combined some old products from the 2015-2016 Annual catalog and Occasions catalog along with my new stamp set to create this card. All the papers come from the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack. I cut 2″ squares of different designs to create the checkerboard background. That paper stack only costs $8.00, and it’s just chalk full of great designs that work especially well with masculine cards. It features Lost Lagoon, which is a 2014-2016 In Color that’s retiring. It’s one of my favorite blues, so I’m really sad to see it go:(
The Perfectly Wrapped stamp set has lots of fun border and circle stamps, so I decided to have some fun with them creating my background. I not only stamped the arrows and random circles, but I stamped the dots right on top of the Going Places DSP.
Tip: When designing cards, add interest by using different shapes. My card is very symmetrical with all the square, angular pieces. So, placing the greeting on a circle really helped to break things up and draw attention. Another way to break up the symmetry was to wrap the Linen Thread very haphazardly.
Supplies used on my card: