Saturday, July 4, 2009

My "I Don't Hate My Scallop Edge Punch Anymore" Card

I've been seeing this layered frame on blog after blog after blog, but every time I would try to make my own, something would go awry. I got so frustrated that I shelved my scallop edge punch, banishing it for making me look bad.

Enter Nancy Riley. Here she comes to save the day! The mystery is solved, and I am no longer punishing said punch. All I have to say is, "Accurate measurements work wonders."

The other stamper I have to thank for this card is Lisa Somerville, of Splendiferous Creations, who showcased a great card using a new color combination: Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Going Gray, and Whisper White. I wish I'd come up with such a cool name for my blog. "Splendiferous" is one of my favorite words! It is in the dictionary, in case you were about to challenge my Scrabble triple word score. Sorry, I digressed...I'm a word person, and I'm easily distracted.

So, this is about the loudest card I have ever made, but I think it's pretty classy. In case you're too engrossed in my writing to have followed the above link, the Bermuda Bay frame starts as a piece of 2.75" square card stock and is punched on each side. The procedure is repeated on the CC 2 5/8" square, with the resulting layered look. The Basic Black square in the middle is 1.75" square, and the sentiment square with the cute cupcake from Party Hearty is 1 5/8" square. I'm not sure about this piece of the card--is it too casual for everything else going on?

I struggled with this main focal image for at least 45 min., turning it this way and that, putting layers under it vertically and horizontally. The creative process is WORK, peeps! It finally occurred to me to create the little borders on the top and bottom, using BB and the 3/8" Basic Gray taffeta ribbon. Voila!

If you have been wondering if you should purchase a scallop edge punch, hopefully you have been swayed by this post. If so, your timing is excellentamundo (not a M-W dictionary approved word), as SU! has said punch on sale 30% off until 10am (MT) tomrrow, July 5. Click on my "24 Hour Online Shopping" icon in the upper right and you can have said punch as soon as you can say, "CHARGE IT!" Today's our country's birthday--a little present to yourself would be a way of celebrating, don't you think?

Happy 4th!


Nancy Riley said...

Jenn, your Layered Scallop Edge Medallion card turned out spectacular! Those colors are AMAZING, and I love the center cupcake! WAY TO GO!!!!!!!

Lydia said...

This is on card of the week..