We used the Beauty Abounds stamp set in last Saturday's stamp club and after everyone was gone, and I had (most of) the mess put away, I had a sudden spark of inspiration.....which has sadly been lacking lately. I don't know what's going on - late winter blues maybe? Anyhoooo.....
After masking half the Whisper White cardstock strip with a sticky note, I stamped the floral swirl on half, then rotated it and did the same on the other half. The background was then colored with a Dark Mint Macaron Stampin' Blends marker leaving the blossoms, leaves, and swirls uncolored. White dots were added to the background with a Stampin' Blends Color Lifter, randomly letting the bullet point remove the color. I like the spattered effect! Click on the pic for a close-up view.
After matting the colored image on Tranquil Tide, it was loosely adhered to the Subtle Dynamic TIEF embossed background while I fiddled with where I wanted the greeting. Originally, all there was on the card was the colored panel, greeting, and the butterfly (to cover the "seam" where the two stamped swirls joined). But those two circles looked so lonely, they needed some friends to balance each other. I just happened to have the white Stitched Labels circle already sitting on my work table, and a small scrap of Mint Macaron already embossed, ready to be punched. Voila!
By the way, Tranquil Tide is one of the In Colors that will be retiring in a couple months. It coordinates so beautifully with Mint Macaron, don't you think? If you have the ink pad, I really hope you also have the ink refill. The In Colors always sell out before the annual catalog ends!
Swirl panel: Whisper White 1-5/8" x 5-3/8"
Mat: Tranquil Tide 1-7/8" x 5-3/8"
Embossed background: Whisper White 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
Card base: Tranquil Tide 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"