This was my favorite project from Girlfriends Getaway. It is so pretty with it's special papers and mica powder focal!. This center step card is pretty much like their design, but has a couple of important differences that I'll get to in a minute. I LOVE this card because it is made with such pretty elements. The focal is made using a stencil on double stick paper with "Metal F/X" from Dream Weavers. It is so easy and pretty to make! Behind the focal, we have a turquoise that is a textured iridescent sheet and the narrow dark mat & dark on the sides & below the focal is a purple suede. These papers are SOOOO beautiful!
Which leads me to my "important differences". I did not want to waste such beautiful papers by hiding a bunch of it behind the focal! So, after cutting the pieces to size, I used a die to cut the centers out of the two special papers so they would mat the focal but I could save the center parts that are hidden so they would not be wasted. The other main difference is the placement of the bow. In their project, it was down in the left lower corner, but I had an "oops" in the upper left corner, so chose to put the bow there instead.