This card has a fun beginning. I had gotten the card below in a swap at Leadership with the wonderful Robin Merriman. I loved the vanilla-on-vanilla from her card, and the wide striped ribbon. I wanted to vary the design just a little for my January stamp clubs so that I would not have to use quite as much ribbon for a full bow. Plus the strip of ribbon with a fish tail cut wound up being easier for people to mail of course since it's flatter.
I also decided to use punches to split up the greeting so that first on the front you see....
.... and then when you open it you see more of Stampin' Up's yummy Red Glitter paper and the rest of the greeting!
The stamp set is Eat Chocolate from the Occasions Mini Catalog -- and that's where you'll find the glitter paper as well. We need that in more colors! I used the Decorative label punch for the greeting on the front and then the Word Window and Modern Label punches for the inside portion.The Framed Tulips Textured Embossing Folder adds the beautiful frame, which I sponged with Espresso ink to highlight the pattern, just like Robin did on her's. The center panel that fits perfectly inside the embossed frame measures 3" wide by 4 1/4" tall.
The ribbon is the 1 1/4" striped grosgrain in Early Espresso. It does not photograph well, but just like Robin's card, I spritzed my center panel with homemade Shimmer Mist spray so it sparkles. It's easy to make -- just mix 91% rubbing alcohol in a small spritzer bottle (I love travel size hairspray pump bottles) with a bit of Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint (item # 116806). I just dip the tube on the inside of the spritzer bottle into the paint (like an oil dipstick) and pick up drops of the paint to add to the alcohol until it's as shimmery as I like. Pouring in the paint would most likely lead to too much or a spill. Be sure to put your card inside SU's color catcher box or a cardboard box as you spritz it. And shake well often to mix up your paint and alcohol.
And of course be sure to eat chocolate. Daily.