I made six cards. I tried to CASE the beautiful card Laura Bassen posted on her blog on October 21, 2016, but I had a very hard time getting my sponged background to look right so I switched to Clarity Brushes. It took longer to build up the color, but I was happier with my results. (I need to practice my sponging techniques!)
For the first card, I did not use foam tape to mount the die-cut, but I did for the second card. I liked it better with the mounting tape so I used it on the rest. I went back to the first card and added a second layer to the die-cut. That was so much easier than cutting up all those pieces of mounting tape. Next time, I'll double or triple the layers of die-cut.
When you have a card as simple as this, it's so important to have everything straight. There isn't anything to divert the eye from our mistakes. When mounting the front to the card base, I didn't get it straight. I remembered a tip I saw in a video so after tearing the card base off and making a new one, I put Connect Glue over the mounting tape so I could move it around a bit after placing it on the card base. That worked well.
4 ¼" x 5 ½"
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110-lb. cardstock
Distress Oxide Inks (Twisted Citron & Lucky Clover; Cracked Pistachio & Broken China with a touch of Twisted Citron)
Clarity Brushes (to apply ink)
My Favorite Things Hand Lettered Holiday Stamp Set
Versafine Onyx Black ink pad
Ranger Clear Super-Fine embossing powder
3-M Mounting Tape (to attach the inked background to the card base)
Swarovski Flatback Rhinestones, Crystal, SS12, SS16, SS20
Ranger Matte Accents (to attach the gems)
Simon Says Stamp Peyton Ornament
DCWV Glitzy Glitter Cardstock Stack
3-M Mounting Tape (to attach die-cut)
Gina K. Connect Glue (applied to mounting tape)
Zig 2-Way Glue Pen and Chisel-Tip Glue Pen (to layer the die-cuts)