Let's see how I interpreted both challenges in one card!
I decided to add a vertical strip along the inside edge of the card for more interest. To make the strip, I took a piece of scrap watercolor paper and, using the "smoosh technique" with Distress Inks, I individually smooshed each color using a Kraft mat (Tim Holtz) and drying with a heat tool in between color layers. I cut the strip 1/2 x 5-1/2 inches and affixed to the inside edge. I also cut the card front down to 3-3/4 x 5-1/2 inches to reveal the inside edge.
Next I took a length of white seam binding and swiped Salty Ocean Distress Ink over the length of it and stuck it in a zip lock bag. I gave it a few spritzes of water and worked it over with my fingers through the bag. I dried it with a heat tool and rolled it up tight to really distress it. The metal wish embellishment was threaded through the ribbon and tied on and wrapped in place. Tiny gems added some sparkle to the sentiment. The flower panel was affixed to the card front. A quick splatter of Distress Ink filled in the background white space.
Seize the Birthday: #243 Color Challenge
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