It is easy for me to make my cards to the standard card base size; sometimes mixing it up with a square 4 1/4” x 4 1/4”. But usually sticking with my basic because it is so efficient with cardstock.
(for me, a standard card base is 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” – if a visual helps, I have a post on cutting a standard card base here)
Well, sometimes, I have a vision of a card in my head and as I create it I discover that it totally does NOT fit the standard size. But when I finish, I realize that it may be an odd size, but it works!
I started with the little elephant from the Cross My Heart stamp set and was drawn to the new Sycamore St designer paper from the Sale-a-Bration flyer. So, I grabbed some punches and got to work.
I saw a card created by Amy Barnes that used the mini brads in the center of the Petite Curly Label punch and loved the look, so I knew I needed to incorporate that as well. Then add some varying dimension with Stampin’ Dimensionals and glue dots and I had a row of patterns and shapes as my focal point.
But in the end, I needed the background strip to be narrower to make it look right. And then the base needed to be narrower to balance it out. So, the end result was something like 3 1/2” x 5 1/2”. I finished it with a sentiment from my new favorite stamp set – Oh, Hello. So, it may be an odd shape, but that is OK by me!
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