I have had a lot of fun creating this card. Often I like to create the different components ready to layer, then play around with the different compositions. With this card in particular, I realised how the slightest angle can change the look of the design entirely.

After deciding on a color scheme, I began getting together all the materials and tools I'd need.

Next, I used my Big Shot machine to die-cut the elements I wanted. For this card I wanted to use the aperture of the Spring Stems Die. I also used the speech bubble element from the Celebration Phrases Die/stamp set. for the sentiment I chose to use the "hello" element from our free printed sentiments, available on the website.

I took the aperture from the die-cut card and laid it on top and adhered it to a contrasting colour. the fine tip applicator on the Sizzix Express Glue came in really handy here as I needed to get apply glue between on all the tiny, detailed surfaces.
I then used my Multitool with the craft knife attachment and my cutting mat to trim doen to my chosen size.
I wanted the aperture to stand out so I chose a contrast from our Color Story range: Lavender Dust and Banana Blast. I love these colours!

Next I cut the rest of my elements and gathered them together (see picture below.) now the fun part. I tried angling the different components until I was happy with the design.

to create the bordered rectangle, I simply used a paper trimmer to cut a rectangle of our Cobblestone card stock, just slightly larger than a rectangle of white card so that, when the white card was laid over the Cobblestone, a thin border was created. Then adhered with Express Glue.

Below is an example of the layered components I tried before I was happy. something just wasn't quite right. I liked the color scheme, the components, the die-cut elements...but there was no aspect of fun to the card.

And then...Hey presto! Just by angling the components at a tilted angle I was able to create that liveliness it had been missing. I really love this technique. Playing around with the layered elements is a really good way to add movement and liveliness to your make. I also used Foam Tape to add dimension so some of the layers.

Using the off-cuts from this project was a perfect opportunity to show that sometimes, simpler is better. This card didn't need the liveliness. keeping all elements perpendicular made this composition really simple, effective and elegant.

Thanks for reading :)