I'm playing along with two challenges today. I'm under the wire at the Tic Tac Toe Challenge. The first column requires a slimline card, alphabet dies and dry embossing. Since I purchased tall alphabet dies just for slimline cards, I couldn't miss it. Then when I figured out my layout, I knew I needed fairly bold colors and I have been loving all the cards being created using the colors at the Color Throwdown. Here's how I used these challenges.
The alphabet are Concord & 9th's Tall Type Alphabet. I had originally planned on leaves in the background but given I had my Concord & 9th stash in front of me, I saw these beautiful flowers from Hello Lovely and thought they would be a nice detailed backdrop to the side of the front. I wanted to highlight the colors beyond the letters so I added the smallest of the Intricate Cut Butterflies from Poppystamps. I sprinkled on some sparkly sequins - my favorite part of fall is the cooler weather and the frost that covers the brilliant colors each morning - so I love some sparkle on my cards.
For the dry embossing, I made sure I used an embossing folder with a regular pattern. I embossed one side of the panel (cut with Pinkfresh Slim Stitched Rectangles), then flipped the folder to the other side and lined it up with the first pattern. It's easy with this regular pattern because the embossing folder literally clicked into place with the plaid that I had already embossed.
Thanks to these two challenges for the inspiration!