This card started with this fabulous new Stampin' Up die. The flower is in Watermelon Wonder and the leaves in a black textured paper. The openwork of the leaves reminded me of the pattern in the inspiration photo. I selected the embossing folder used on the main panel as a take on the pattern in the inspiration folder as well. I chose to leave a larger margin on the right side of the card to accommodate a sentiment and a bit of bling. I mounted the embossed panel on two pieces of heavy card stock as I wanted a little depth for the card design but didn't want it as thick as fun foam or dimensionals. I love that the leave extends beyond the embossed panel on the lower right.
The next card started with a panel of black card stock in which I applied white modeling paste using a stencil which gives a nod to the inspiration photo. A strip of white card stock with a stamped sentiment ground the card. A heat embossed flower with a few pearls in the center complete the card.
When creating this cards I got a bit distracted but was able to get a bit more organized in the process. Last year I made some wedding decorations and needed peach embossing powder and ended up with a number of bottles in an attempt to find the right match. I remembered that they were all quite different so I stamped a few samples to see what I liked with this card challenge as my spot of color. My embossing powders are stored in a shallow drawer and I labeled the tops with the color name. I thought an actual sample would help me more immediately and accurately identify the color. So, I embossed away and created samples for all but my clear embossing powders.