First, a look at the other elements on each card:
- Most elements on these cards were cut with dies from the Marvelous Squares set by Spellbinders. Most are pretty straight forward, but the diamond-shaped frame on the first card may need a bit more explanation. I started with a square of striped paper that was larger than the die that cuts the corner decorative elements (which were cut at the same time and used on the 2nd card - after being matted on cream colored card stock). This gave me a square with decorative cut-outs and a diamond shape in the center. I snipped out the diamond shape (with a pair of scissors) at the 4 attached points. This frame was then backed with the blue card stock. With the two pieces taped together, the outside edge was trimmed with a pair of decorative edged scissors.
- For both focals, the die was used as a stencil and a bluish ink applied with a make-up sponge to give the softened edges you see, then the sentiment was stamped. Though the color of ink is the same, it looks a bit different depending on whether it was stamped/stenciled on tan or blue card stock.
The first card was a little more challenging. I started by adding a row of Stickles dots on each side. This helped, but the card still felt somewhat disjointed. I tried adding chalk around the edge like I had with the 2nd one. The first color I tried was too green. I tried going over it with a bluer chalk. That helped, but still didn't look quite right. Finally, I grabbed the ink I had used on the focal and, using a make-up sponge, applied it over the chalked edge. That finally did the trick. My focal finally felt like it belonged on the card. So, I guess the moral of the story is to keep trying different techniques until you get what you need!
Oh yea, one more difference. On the first card, I ran my teal card-stock square through an embossing folder for added dimension.