bountiful_swap_cardI created this card last month for a card swap that I entered. I have participated in the demonstrator-only swap for a few years now and I am always pleased with the card samples that I get in return. The theme for this swap was to feature new stamp sets from the catalog that started in June. One of the stamp sets that I picked was Bountiful Border, and I created a couple of candidate cards using the set. I'll share the other one I made soon, and this is the one that I picked to use for the swap.

I also enjoyed this card so much that I decided to share it with the stamp club gals at our June get-together. I used the new metallic sequins to add some bling (and because the swap rules require an embellishment) and the gals used a variety of sequins on their cards. I have to say that I think that these sequins may be my new favorite embellishment from the new catalog. The package of them seems to be bottomless because you get SO MUCH in a package. And adding some sequins just adds a little sumthin' sumthin' to a pretty card.

As I usually do I followed a layout sketch for this card design, but I went "old school" for this one. Instead of finding a sketch challenge on-line, I found this sketch in one of the older card design books that I have purchased over the years. Some of the samples in the book looked dated to me, but the design itself stood the test of time (in my opinion) and was easily updated with sequins and pretty DSP. What do you think?

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