Good morning ladies and gentlemen! Too formal? I'm looking for a new greeting or two as it keeps it a bit more interesting long term. What do you think? I have gone back to the decorative background paper that I fell in love with from Hobby Lobby in the States. If your colour isn't great on your monitor, this set of papers is all in black and gold, mostly non metallic, but there are a few of them that have some metallic gold in them too. I love the fact that the pattern is small, perfect for card making. I see many papers that I like but the pattern is always so large that it becomes difficult to use on a card. I would love these paper manufacturers to start doing smaller patterns, maybe it's just me though.
I split the background in to three panels with two small side panels and one large panel in the centre. I cut two different dies of the ribbon buckle set, one marge and one smaller. I fed the ribbon through one side of the larger one first, then through the entire smaller buckle, then through the other side of the larger buckle. The ribbon ends were secured around the back of the centre panel only. I cut two damask borders to go along the sides of the two smaller side panels. I stamped my sentiment and cut it out with the large Splendid circle die. I inked it slightly with antique linen, which is actually lighter than the colour of card that I used, but it becomes a shadow on it more than a distinct colour which I like. I cut a slightly larger circle in black as a mat (you could use the splendid circle to make a faux mat if you don't have the right size of circle to use). I mounted them both on 3D foam above my ribbon and buckles. No paper piercing today, but rather decided to use the new gold Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue to make dots around the edge to complete my card. Hope you like it, it's an easy one, but a useful general layout for any occasion. All for now, Sue x