I hope that everyone who's reading this today is feeling just wonderful! On the other hand, it seems that on any given day of the year there's someone I know who could use a little bit of a pick-me-up card, and quite of few of those could sure use Get Well Wishes. I always try to have at least one Get Well Card around for just those occasions so I can send it out right away if I find that my friend is feeling bad.
When I first started out to make this card, I decided that I wanted to do something that had a bit of a distressed look. I have to tell you that this is not a design technique with which I have a lot of experience. For one thing, I really do like clean cut designs with very clearly-defined edges. So I sometimes try too hard when I try something new (for me) like this. But I've seen so many beautiful distressed or vintage style cards lately that I decided this was a good time to try it out.
I spent a lot more time on this card that I usually do. The first card that I made just had too much sponging and distressing. So I tore it apart (all pieces can be used for other projects – just not all together!) and put a different combination of designs together into this card. If I wasn't so pressed for time today, I would probably have kept fussing away at it. Any and all comments and suggestion are welcome!
The colors that I used for this card are Wisteria Wonder (one of Stampin' Up!'s newest and most luscious colors, IMHO!) and Certainly Celery (an oldie-but-goodie subtle color). I stamped the outline stamp from the Hostess Set, Simply Soft using Concord Crush, and I sponged the embossed design of the layer made with the Embossing Folder, Framed Tulips, as well as the edge of the card itself, with the same Concord Crush ink. I used Wisteria Wonder card stock for the embossed layer and the Wisteria Wonder Classic Stampin' pad to stamp the light solid color of the flowers.
The ribbon that ties this all together is Certainly Celery 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, one of the few ribbons I have left over from the last Stampin' Up! catalog that are still in the newest 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalog. (I still haven't placed an order from the new catalog because I've been so busy getting ready for and going on my July travels!) I also used a thin mat of Certainly Celery card stock behind the stamped layer, and filled in some of the stems and little leaves on the stamped image with some Certainly Celery Stampin' Write Marker.
The Get Well Soon Stamp is from the stamp set, Sincere Salutations, which is my go-to stamp set for so many greetings! I punched it out with the Decorative Label Punch, the edge of which I sponged a bit, again with Concord Crush ink.
Here's the sketch for this card. While I'm not so sure how I like the finished card for this project, I definitely had fun working with it! It feels very refreshing trying something new. I hope that you're able to have this kind of fun with something new before long yourself!