It certainly is in the eye of the beholder whether a card is elegant – or not. I felt that this card had a touch of elegance that is not typical in the kind of greeting card that I usually make. Most of that feeling as far as I am concerned comes from the elegant products that Stampin' Up! has available for all of us as we get ready for Valentine's Day 2011. And, of course, the design provided by the Diva Coffee Break Design Team added to the sense of elegance!
Two of the products that I used in this card are new products in the Stampin' Up! 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog. The first and most visible because of its sparkle is the brand new Red Glimmer Paper. This paper comes in a pack of two 12" square sheets, and is a breeze to use with Stampin' Up!'s punches and Sizzix Dies. The scallop trim border punch went right through this paper beautifully, as did the Sizzix Ovals Die, which I purchased from Stampin' Up!
The main color in this card is Pink Pirouette, in the form of one of the embossed sheets in the new Love Impressions Specialty Designer Paper set. This paper is card stock weight, and is filled with teeny embossed polka dots. There is also a large motif of embossed hearts, and that is a part of the sheet that I also cut with the Sizzix Ovals Die. I think it's so lovely with the embossed white hearts against the Pink Pirouette background!
I'd also like to highlight the stamp on this card, which is from the stamp set, Filled with Love, that was featured in the 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog. And, yes, it's still available! But it's only availalble as part of the Filled With Love Bundle, which is only available until next Monday, January 24th! There is more information about this bundle here. This bundle includes papers and buttons as well as this fun Valentine Stamp set. So don't delay purchasing it if you've been thinking about it!
The final touches are the bow based on a tutorial by fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Mary Brown, on which I still need lots of practice! It's held together and down onto the card with a Real Red Glimmer Brad. The Glimmer Brads were also featured in the 2010 Holiday Mini Catalog, but they, too, are still available as part of the 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog. The only expiration of which I'm aware at this point is the expiration date for the Occasions Mini, which is April 30, 2011. I'm waiting to see if these become a part of the Stampin' Up! regular line up of products!
Today's card is based on a sketch at the Diva Coffee Break Design Team blog. But I'm providing the measurements for my card to help make it easier for you to copy if you'd like to be a part of this week's challenge. Or even if you just want to make a card! If you'd like a whole book full of all the sketch layouts I provided for you in 2010, it's now for sale as an eBook on CD. Just click on the picture at the top of the column to the right for more information!
And whether you decide to join us at the Diva Coffee Break sketch challenge, or decide just to make a card for yourself – have fun with it!