It is not very often that I make square cards, but I’m happy to share one with you today! Typically I make my cards from 1/2 sheet of normal cardstock so the finished size is 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. This allows me to avoid any waste of the cardstock that I use for the base. Hence my normal preference for rectangular card. Also, the US Postal Service charges extra to mail square envelopes, another incentive to stick to my “normal” dimensions. But… it is nice to mix things up every so often! Yes, I have some extra pieces of the white thick cardstock that I used for the base, but I’ll be able to use that in the future for some images that I stamp and color with my Stampin’ Blends. And I can avoid the extra charge by using regular envelopes to mail these cards. It will slide around inside a bit, but it can be handled by the automatic sorters so I can save a few pennies on postage.

This sketch is the real reason that I created a square card 😊. I very briefly considered converting it into a standard card but dropped that thought almost immediately. I’m just in a square card kind of mood today apparently. I love the simplicity of this layout, and I think it is perfect to showcase some of the gorgeous dies that Stampin’ Up! offers. I was glad to bust out the Hand-Penned Petals stamp set and ink up these images that I hadn’t tried yet. The stamps to fill in the flowers and leaves are NOT meant to perfectly match the outline stamp images. Once I accepted that, I came to love these images. Of course, I can also color them to get shading and completely fill in the images, but I just didn’t feel like doing that today. Perhaps the next time I pull out this set…

This challenge was the inspiration for the color choices on my card. I also added Basic Gray ink and mats to the trio of challenge colors which I think is ok per the rules. I like the softer look of gray instead of black so it doesn’t over-power the other colors on the card. I do really like these colors together, and I’m so happy that this challenge came out at just the right time for me to make this card. Serendipity!

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