I seem to be getting carried away with the dark blue this week I feel like the Village People (In the Navy etc) lol
This card started with the stamped image. This paisley stamp is a really old one from Graphicus which I bought second hand on eBay. I am always scanning eBay for bargain dies and stamps and sometimes find that when one person is tired of a die I can get a new, old, die at a great price.
The image is stamped with Versamark onto Navy card and then embossed in detail white embossing powder. I fussy cut this out then based the remainder of the card around it.
The backing paper is one sheet of double sided card from First Edition Neroli pack with a reverse design on each side. I cut two different sized square and using the alternate side mounted these with a thin mat of Navy. I added in a square of the white again edged in the Navy card and foam mounted these to a large 21cm x 21cm hand cut card blank (i used PMD A3 white hammered for the blank)
The top decoration is made using Spellbinders Labels 38which I cut a piece of the pattern using the 2 largest die to make a frame. I edged this, by hand, in Navy card and added a frame cut from the next 2 sizes in white which I inked in navy whilst in the dies.
There is then a strip of white and navy cut with Spellbinders bracket borders one. I added these pieces at different levels and orientations, with a strip of navy grosgrain ribbon of course, across the card front.
I wanted to show that die cut pieces are not just for Christmas and ladies cards but used right they can be effective whilst still keeping relative simplicity for a man card. I even managed to add a pearl!