Today's card is another that makes use of the leftover embossed and alcohol inked pieces I showed a couple of days ago. Here I've used the golden one for the background. The embossing is hard to see in the picture, but it's an oriental design and forms a great backdrop for the oriental focal.
I wanted a narrow black frame for it. To make it, I started with a 5"x7" piece of black paper. Then I looked through my dies to find one that would work to give me a narrow frame. I found the length of the largest Fleur de Lis Rectangle die from Spellbinders fit the width of my paper piece perfectly. Of course, after cutting with the die, I still had quite a bit of the length of the paper piece that wasn't cut. I moved the die to the bottom of my paper piece, carefully moving the overlapping already cut section to the top of the die so it wouldn't get messed up. (I hope you understand what I mean here - wish I'd taken a picture!) Running the paper/die through my machine again, gave me the black frame you see on the card.
The focal was made with a stamp from the HOTP Far East stamp set. I stamped with embossing ink onto some red glimmer paper and then heat embossed it with fine black powder, then trimmed close to the embossing. The red frame was first cut with the largest Marvelous Squares die (Spellbinders) and then embossed with it AND the next largest die. Then I used an embossing pen to color in some of the embossed sections, added black embossing powder, and heat embossed it before popping it up on foam tape.
The sentiment is a portion of a border stamp from HOTP Matching Borders and Focals stamp set, stamped on a piece cut with one of Spellbinder's Fancy Tags dies. It is also attached with foam tape and mounted over a border of 3 black ribbons.