To start, cut a piece of cardstock to 8 1/2 by 5 1/2, and score at 4 1/4. Use a decorative border punch to punch the bottom front of the card.
Stamp your image on the front of the card. I used Babs here, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Note to self, clean that acrylic block!
Now chose a nestability that will frame your image nicely. I thought this label fit the image well. To emboss the card only (not cut through it) this is the sandwich I used: Plate A, Plate B, nestability with cutting side up, card front, two cardstock pieces, tan mat and Plate B. That is from the bottom up, using a Cuttlebug machine to emboss. It may vary with different die cutting machines.
After embossing, while the die is still in place sponge some ink around the inner edges of the die. Here I used SU Bashful Blue ink. I love how this gives the card a layered effect, yet you only have one layer.
Color your image however you like. I used copic markers on mine.
To embellish my card I added some stickles and ribbon. I also adhered a strip of cardstock behind the bottom edge to peek through the scallops of the border punch.
I'm really happy with how fast and easy it was to create this project. Using only one layer makes it easy to mail, too. One stamp should do just fine. I'm off to create the rest of my set. I just might get this gift in the mail on time.
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