Needed a birthday card for a friend who likes to keep things clean and simple but always seems to sport a little whimsical accessory.  So I made this card and added just a touch of bling with the elegant single pearl.

The gray card stock has a negative cut of the Hollyhock Stem Die.  The design peeking through is a small piece of patterned paper that closely matches the color of the card base.

This card is playing in this week’s CAS-ology Challenge #81:

To get a pattern showing through the die cut portion of the paper without using a layer of patterned paper, the card base could be stamped instead.  On this second card I masked off a small area on the card base where the pattern would show.

The leaves were die cut twice using contrasting colors of card stock.  The black was then adhered to the cream slightly offset so that a shadow was created.

This card is playing in Papertrey Ink’s Make It Monday Challenge #151:

Happy Crafting!

Card #1:

Stamps: Hero Arts “Many Birthday Messages”

Papers: PTI Spring Moss; SU Basic Gray; BoBunny “Little Miss” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Memory Box “Hollyhock Stem” Die; Darice Pearl; SU Old Olive Twill Ribbon

Card #2:

Stamps: PTI “Inside & Out: Birthday”; SU “Linen”

Papers: PTI Berry Sorbet, True Black and Vintage Cream

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Sizzix “Flowers, Branches & Leaves” Die Set; Crocheted Flower; Brad

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