Sometimes you have the time to "step up" your cards, and sometimes you may not. That's part of the beauty of stamping - you can decide how much you want to do on a card. But one caveat - usually "less is more" works best on most cards. You need to know when to stop. Or as I like to say, "Step away from the card!"
Here is the original card:
Here is the first version that I "stepped-up":
And the final version:
This one has the "bling factor" going with the addition of Silver Glimmer Paper on the side and behind the ornament. Plus I stamped the ornament in Always Artichoke and Real Red, but cut out the center section of the ornament from the Real Red and glued it on top of the green. I changed the Stampin' Dazzle Marker to Silver to match the Glimmer Paper, and I used a 3/4" Circle Punch to punch out the "O" in Joy.
So sometime when you're stamping and you have a little extra time, why don't you try to "step up" your card and see what you can come up with? Or if you're one of those stampers who always put lots of extras on your card, why don't you try taking a "step down" and making your card a bit simpler? You might be amazed at how much you like your "new" version!
Until next time...
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