Congratulations to this week's Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper, Kerry (kerry2).
I chose this card as my inspiration:
I focused on Kerry's:
-pot of flowers
-border-blended die cut
-adapted the layout slightly
-no ribbon or buttons
-no patterned paper
I love the feminine feel of Kerry's card, and all the pretty details, but I wanted to 'urbanize' it a bit. To do that I changed the colours to dark grey and lemongrass, added stripes to 2 layers of the background, and shifted the position of the focal strip/area, I also left off the buttons and ribbon, although I kept the 'pearls' by using iridescent Tonic Dream Drops.
I kept the die cut behind the flowers, with ink blended over it while still in the die - that's an old technique that I had forgotten, but it's a good one - it leaves a white border around the ink-blended area that helps the die cut pop.
Here's a video: