One thing I love about being able to make my own cards is that I can make a card for a specific situation or person ... like this one, when I really don't know what to say but want to send encouragement.
I went searching for some flower stamps to use for the current Muse Challenge ...
... but instead I decided to use the summer *flower* of Iowa ... Ears of Corn.
I think this may be one of the oldest stamps in my stash by a company called Hot Potatoes ... this was the first brand of stamp I ever saw on the Carol Duvall Show ... watching Mary O'Neil use them on velvet ... it was the beginning of a love affair with stamping.
The stamp is My Favorite Things Spotlight Sentiments. Since I wanted masculine designs, I swapped the flower for some Die-Namics Stacking Stars. They honey color seemed a bit *flat* against the slate background, so I added some embossed texture.
For the next card I swapped the honey for red, which I thought provided a better contrast with the slate.
Once you figure out your final design, the rest of the cards come together quickly by swapping the colors.
I loved the overlapping elements with a larger one on the left. I decided to see if I could use my Pierced Circle Die Cuts (which just punch the ring of tiny circles) and combine them with my circle cutters.
The big bold die cut sentiment from Die-Namics Many Thanks by My Favorite Things keeps it from getting lost in all of those patterns. I inked my punched hexagons for a bit more contrast ... I love the symmetry of this design.