If you recall the boxes that we made in my class about which I posted this past Sunday, one of my ladies really wanted to focus on the Rich Razzleberry color that's in the Summer Smooches Product Suite. So I made up a sample with Rich Razzleberry Card Stock AND I was sure when I punched the squares for this layout that each of them had at least one floral motif in the Razzleberry color. Making that kind of effort can really make a difference in the overall look of a card.
While I could have done a bit more with layering this card, I really did want to try to keep it simple so that we'd have plenty of time to make at least four cards to go with the box and not end up with an all-day class! But to add just a bit of interest to the card, I added some complementary Tempting Turquoise Brads along the bottom left edge of the card. And didn't they pick up the Turquoise elements in the paper well?!
As with the card that I posted on Monday, one thing that makes constructing this card so simple is that all of the squares are either Designer Series Paper or card stock. And those squares are all PUNCHED!! The top layers made with the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper are punched with the 1-1/4" Square Punch, and the Rich Razzleberry mats are all punched with the 1-3/8" Square Punch. Having all three of the squares lined up and going in the same direction is a very effective design, too, and I'm going to show you a layout with this design in one of my posts early next month.
Speaking of next month, "retiring" is going to be this blog's theme for most of the month, actually starting this weekend (which is still April)! Yesterday, Stampin' Up! released the list of Accessories that are going to retire. With that list, as well as with the list of retiring Stamp Sets that was released last week, I'm going to have a TON of stuff to show off before it goes away, and not nearly enough time to do it! But I do want you to see some samples of my favorite retiring stamp sets and accessories just in case you don't have them. I'm really hoping that you'll like the samples that I post well enough to want to purchase the retiring products before they go away for good!
There's a link posted up at the top right of my blog home page that will take you to the list of Retired Accessories.
With all that's going on, I still had time to record the sketch that I used for this card, and here it is. As with the first two cards and sketches, there are so many products that you can use – and you can use that Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set (not retiring) to make a card that's perfect for any occasion whatsoever! I hope you take the time to enjoy making a card or other paper-crafted project for someone special today. It always makes me feel good, and I'm sure it will have the same effect on you!