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Cherish Square Steps Motif

Cherish_card Today's card is something I wanted to share as it was the card that I HAD originally planned for my new catalog Open House. But as they say "the best laid plans..." — because then SU retired the Square Steps punch and the organdy ribbon! Oh well there are lots of these Square Step punches out there so read on and I will send you to the link for a photo how-to.

My original inspiration for the diagonal layout of the Flourish stamp from the new Baroque Motifs set came from this card designed by the one and only Debbie Olsen. I love how stamping it twice with River Rock effortlessly created a beautiful stem background.

I added small flowers in Groovy Guava and Purely Pomegranate. The motif is stamped in Pomegranate on Very Vanilla card stock and then cut out. It's layered on a very pretty mat made from the Square Steps punch that we used to sell and that is still available other places or that you may already own. Start with a two-inch square of card stock (in this case Guava) and punch EACH corner, sliding it in to the punch's corner guide completely. You then fold those corners to create a lacy mat -- as shown here in a step by step how-to on another great blog.

I of course tied narrow Vanilla organdy ribbon around the card front -- SU's new Vanilla Taffeta ribbon would be a nice substitute -- or it would be pretty with no ribbon. For my Open House I simply dropped the ribbon and the Square Steps mat and substituted Mustard ink for the Guava. That made it match the new Rhinestone Brads from the Fire collection -- both the square and circle ones in the yellow tones looked great in the middle of the cut out motif. Open house attendees loved this card and the Baroque Motif stamp set! It's a winner.