Shana Gaff
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Back to the Basics

I have really gotten away from the basic cards that I like doing!  All of these challenges I have been doing have been more complicated than what I am used to doing.  I really wanted to do something simple today, so that is just what I did! You all know that one of my favorite challenge blogs is Black Tie Fridays and the theme this week is so much fun!
I really like the starburst effect and had a ton of fun making this card using it but I wanted to do a different variation for mine to go better with the rainbow color scheme I wanted to use from Stampin' Royalty.
Isn't that giraffe crazy!  I love all of the bright colors!  I would have loved to do a punch art giraffe, but that would have gone way against my plan to keep it simple today!
The base of my card is 4 1/4" square so it will still fit in a standard envelope, even though the starbursts hang over the edge a little bit.  For the black background I embossed it with the Chevron Embossing folder and then took the Illuminate Glimmer Watermark pad and rubbed it across the top. I have had a lot of comments about the Illuminate pad.  It is now available in the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog and is great for adding a subtle bit of bling!  I have also heard that it can be used like a VersaMark pad, though I can't be for sure because I am too lazy to drag out all of my embossing goodies right now. :)  The sentiment is stamped on Shimmer White cardstock, my new go-to white lately!  Those are actually rhinestones on the starbursts, even though they look more like pearls in the picture!
Stamp Set: Just Believe
Cardstock: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Pacific Point, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Shimmer White, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White\
Ink: Black StazOn
Tools: 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Chevron Embossing Folder
Accessories: Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Pad, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals (for the sentiment)
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  1. Very cute and simple! Love the colors on the black! You make me want more embossing folders!! Thanks for having us be one of your favorite challenge blogs! We really love your work!! Help spread the word!!! Loved hearing about your trip too, very moving!

  2. Oh!!! This is so striking with the black and the bold colors! I love how your sentiment ties back to the rainbow giraffe!!

  3. Ooh I really, really love this card! Love the splash of colour on the black background - great card!

  4. Cool card! Thanks for playing along with us at Stampin' Royalty!

  5. So cool, I love vibrant colors and really enjoyed seeming them used here