When I set up for craft shows, one of the things I try to have on hand is something I call a “Husband Survival Kit”.  You see, I figure there are a few more husbands like mine who are often caught at the last minute trying to pick up a card or maybe forgetting all together until it’s too late.  In comes the kit to save the day.

While I don’t sell a kit at every show, they are a desired item.  I returned to a show last Fall that I had done in the Spring and was soon approached by a previous customer.  She wanted a new survival kit.   She explained to me that she had received the best anniversary card.  It had been in the survival kit and because I don’t put anything on the inside of the cards, her huband had had to write a heartfelt message to her. She said it was “priceless”.  I was really touched by this story.

At another show, I was again approached by a previous customer who told me that every time she receives one of the cards from her husband  she “falls in love all over again.”  Needless to say, I will making up a few of these for my Spring shows.

The reason I mention all of this is today’s card.  I wasn’t sure where I was going but I wanted to use “Happy” from Countless Sayings.  I ended up with a romantic card that could be good for an anniversary, birthday or just because.

I think it’s the Tea Lace Paper Doily that gives this card the soft feminine feel.  And the fussy cutting of “Happy”?  Totally worth the effort.

Romantic Happy Card

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But, it’s the abundance of texture that makes it so visually appealing.  There’s actual texture from the layered sentiment, rumpled doily, banners and punches.  Then there’s what I call “visual” texture; things like the splatters on the doily and the card base and the skid marks.  You wouldn’t believe what a difference these small details make to the finished product.

I used the Fresh Prints designer paper stack for both my sentiment and one of the banners.  The Distressed Dots embossing folder (free with a qualifying purchase during Sale-A-Bration) was used to emboss the bits of Primrose Petals helping to accent the sentiment.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Card full of texture

 

 

 

 

While the main colors are Coastal Cabana, Sahara Sand and Primrose Petals,  I embossed with both Silver and Pool Party embossing powders.  In addition, Versamark was used with the splatter image from Gorgeous Grunge to leave a tone on tone watermark splatter on the base.

I don’t usually make cards specifically for the survival kits.  Since I’m always making cards, I choose from what I have on hand.  But, I think this one will definitely go into one of the kits.  It’s so versatile.  A guy could use this for most any occasion…..with the right message inside.

Contact me for a survival kit or go to my store to purchase supplies to make your own.  They make great gifts.  Wedding season is coming up, so start ’em off on the right foot.

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