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Today's criss cross card is a special birthday gift for Erin. The monogram "e" is from Schoolbook Serif Alphabet, stamped using Close to Cocoa Craft Ink on Very Vanilla card stock. TIP: One of the advantages of Craft Ink over Classic (dye) ink is that it's embossable. I added some clear embossing powder to give this "e" some glamour. The monogram is punched out with a 1 1/4" Circle Punch, mounted on a 1 3/8" Close to Cocoa Circle and a layer of apricot, punched with a Scallop Circle Punch (and I couldn't resist a little paper piercing). The band (which slides off) wraps around the entire card and uses Apricot Appeal Textured card stock with a scalloped rectangle of Cameo Coral (also textured) to anchor the monogram.
The card is a variation on a criss cross card . . . made a bit wider (and, frankly, I scored the reverse of the directions . . . oh, my). If you are a Splitcoaststamper member (and if you aren't, it's free), please click here for a criss cross tutorial by Beate Johns. I'm often available at my Live Help button if you have an "engineering" question along the way.
The designer paper is Stampin' Up!'s Linen Prints (now retired). However, any 2 sided paper works perfectly. I used Cameo Coral Textured card stock for the base (delicious stuff). The insert is a computer generated gift certificate, matted on Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla and Apricot Appeal card stock (the last two had their top corners lopped off with a Corner Rounder Punch). I added "for you" from Fundamental Phrases to an apricot scrap (inked in Close to Cocoa Craft and embossed like the "e"). It received new meaning when a Round Tab Punch was called in to play. I had a little brown flower brad from eons ago, that seemed like it needed a home. Ah, the final touch.
Hugs and Happy Birthday, Erin! . . . . Mary
Stamp Set: Schoolbook Serif Alphabet, Fundamental Phrases
Paper: Cameo Coral Textured, Apricot Appeal Textured, Apricot Appeal, Very Vanilla, Linen Prints
Ink: Close to Cocoa Craft
Cool Tools: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" & 1 1/4" Circle Punches, Round Tab Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Marvy Giga Rectangle Punch, Paper Piercer (Stampin' Up!'s Crafter's Tool Kit)
The Perfect Touch: Clear Embossing Powder, Non SU Brown Flower Brad