I wanted something bright and cheery. I was originally going with a flower theme - but I'm new at this and found myself spending WAY too much time looking for ideas.
I settled for a very simple layout instead so I could actually finish it before tonight!
For this card I used the Citronella Designer mat pad by K&Company. The pad is only 4.75 x 6.75 inches. I'm finding I prefer this size for cards as the patterns are usually smaller. The paper is heavier cards stock and is 2-sided and coordinates perfectly together.
I chose the green paper for the background then used the Happy Birthday embossing folder with my Cuttlebug (by Provocraft).
I also used some ribbon that I picked up on clearance at Michaels.
Added the border paper and some ribbon -the printed the sentiment and attached it. Very easy and quick ONCE I decided what to do.
Questions/Problems (I'm very new at this)
1. What's the best way to adhere ribbon?
2. How do I keep the ribbon from fraying?
3. When I embossed the card it seemed to press too hard - and broke through the color of the paper. Not sure if you can see it in the enlarged picture - but there is some white showing through on some of the letters. How do I prevent this?
4. Suggestions on what I could have easily done to the sentiment I attached - it seems a little overly plain to me now.
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