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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.

CARD:
4 " x 5 "
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)

FOCAL IMAGE:
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)

TFL.
Daria


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