Anywho, I made these cards. They are a little departure from my usual layered, distressed look but I was really inspired to go for the more simple, elegant, almost delicate touch.
To create the card above, I cut strips approximately 3/4" wide by 4 1/4" long. I then punched them with a Martha Stewart punch. Starting at the bottom, I layered each on top of each other. There are 13 in all. I was going for a lacey effect and kept the rest of it simple by adding a bit of ribbon and a sentiment.
I chose to keep this card simple as well. I think it could be used for a wedding or an anniversary. This card was inspired by the paper that, to me, looks like a garden trellis. The the stick pens, once laid on top of the paper, looked like flowers growing in the garden. I pulled the card together by adding a bit of ribbon and a sentiment that has a similar trellis-like look. I added a frame, painted to match the color of the gold pins, around the sentiment to make it pop off the grey background.
To attache the pins to the card, I cut the foam packaging they came in and glued to the card. I then cut a 2nd piece of the same background paper the length of the card so that the bottom trellis would match the back. I glued the paper to the foam packaging and then used pop dots on the opposite side of the card where there aren't any pins to adhere the paper.