not only is it a flat-out great sketch... (well, duh! 2S4Y doesn't do tat, now do they?!) ...as soon as i saw it, i knew that i wanted the card base to be a transparency, with the rectangular panel on the inside, and the "spine" and embellishments on the outside. and believe it or not, i stuck to my very first idea the whole way through!
(transparency: hambly; paper & diecuts: k&co madeline; journaling block: k&co amy butler; rub-on sentiment: autumn leaves; pearls and gems: kaiser; inks: colorbox; embroidery floss: dmc; adhesives: tombow mono runner, 3m foam tape)
one of the many things to love about k&co's madeline collection is that both the papers and the diecuts are double-sided, and thus the perfect choice for clear cards. just in case you thought i had forsaken hand-stitching now that i am machine-ready, au contraire! i love *BOTH*...and pretty equally, i think; in this case the soft colors seemed to cry out for the extra texture of embroidery floss. i used all 6 strands for a nice thick look and i think it's the perfect accent for the scallops and around the sentiment. (plus there is something so soothing about sitting for half an hour and handstitching, dontcha think?!)
here's a picture that shows a little better which bits are where. i've grouped the flowers and the sentiment pretty closely together in order to have a little "coverage" on the inside when the card is closed. that way i can write a my greeting (it's almost certainly a birthday card, but i like to hedge my bets!) and sign my name without it showing from the outside!