You may not know this about me, but I love a great geometric pattern. In fact, that's usually my favorite thing about Stampin' Up!'s designer series paper, the focal point of today's card, but it's something that's easy to overlook in the catalog. Why? Well, small geometric patterns like this one don't show up very well when shown at 25%. In fact, I entirely missed this pattern, and wouldn't have caught it if another stamper hadn't used the paper for a card on her blog. I'm so grateful, because I do love this cheery and bright pattern.
The paper is Pocketful of Posies, and it offers a great set of geometric delights to yours truly, so I can promise that you'll be seeing more of this one. I was also inspired by the great layout FTL167 over at Clean & Simple Stamping--there's nothing like a great layout to get my creative juices flowing, and the sample card for 167 was a huge inspiration.
To make this card happen, I used my Circle Scissors Plus--one of my favorite tools which has been terribly underused of late. I love how easy it is to cut circles of all sizes with only one tool, and I've used it time and time again. I love geometric shapes as well as patterns, but often need some curved edges to offset all the squares and rectangles of my cards. I cut out a 2.75" circle of the designer series paper (DSP) and a 3" circle of Pear Pizzazz.
Next up, I stamped my Whisper White with the sentiment from Perfectly Penned in Pear Pizzazz BEFORE embossing the paper with my trusty Big Shot and the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. I've learned from experience that the stamping is much easier to do before embossing. Then it was simple layering and glueing, and this card is now ready to go to absolutely anyone for a fun and bright pick me up...it will probably get good use on a gray January day.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves! After all, it's barely December and you're wondering what today's bingo piece is. Get your cards ready, and mark off the Christmas tree.
Stamps: Perfectly Penned
Ink: Pear Pizzazz
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Pocketful of Posies
Extras: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Circle Scissors Plus