I was recently asked to design a Golden Anniversary Card (traditionally the 50th anniversary in the United States). In trying to decide where to begin, I went through some of my old cards and came across a simple one I made when I first purchased the Medallion background stamp.
Nothing in the original card said 'golden' or 'anniversary', but something about it resonated with me. So I took it to my workspace and decided to transform it. With an extra layer (En Francais Background Stamp), Brushed Gold cardstock, quite a bit of heat embossing (Versamark Ink with Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder), a new embellishment image (Always Stamp Set), a bit of ribbon (Whisper White 5/8" Organza) and a new greeting (Teeny Tiny Wishes and Word Window Punch)... I soon had an appropriate card I was proud of and my customer appreciated. Click on the image below to see a larger version.
If you wish to read about the 'Up a Notch' concept or see other examples of this process, you can always view all of my Up a Notch posts here or by clicking on the Up a Notch category in the right hand column of this blog. This will be a growing category as I seek to inspire each of you to update one of your own cards.