May I present my card. With a little explanation.
I am Kappa Kappa Gamma (sorority). My "little sister" from those days just celebrated her 50th and this card is for her. So I'm stretching the "family" theme a bit but I'm practical like that ;)
I started with a panel I had dry embossed with a selectively inked-up arrow embossing folder from The Paper Studio . That's what those touches of pink, green and blue are. And I was heading down the road, use-the-panel-as-my-card-front, which seems to be one of my go-to designs. But then I thought, "why not cut a portion out of it to use later on a CAS card and make a window in this card?". So I did.
I die cut the panel with Lil Inker Stitched Rectangles and die cut a square out of the panel. Pencilled where I wanted the window on my cardbase and die cut a square out of that too. And a frame out of pink CS to adhere to the inside of the card with the glittery "50" from MFT High Rise Alpha and my "it's your birthday" sentiment.
I added some subdued stamping in pink to my cardbase in the upper right and lower left corners using the text and number stamps from STAMPlorations Mixed Media Elements. Before adhering the dry embossed panel I gave it some more interest with embossing paste applied through a Pink Paislee Mask Doodles stencil. See the added texture on top of the dry embossing?
For more texture and dimension I head embossed "lil sis" on the die cut heart and added some light and dark blue sequins (Kappa colors!). This and a yummy German chocolate bar are on their way to "lil sis".
I'm hooking up at Seize the Birthday where it's Anything Goes and Mixed Media Monthly Challenge where it's all about Texture this month. And Jennifer McGuire's Kindness Campaign where this week is about Family and Friends.