Monday, June 4, 2012

Inspiration Hop, Day 2: Under the Sea and Enjoy the Journey

Welcome to Day 2 of our Inspiration Hops with the Gina K Designs team! As you hop through their blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of deeply etched, pre-cut Gina K. Designs stamps! To see the full list of winners check the Big News forum at Stamp TV a couple of days after the hops.
First up, we have Theresa Momber's new Under the Sea set(available in clear or rubber), perfect for summer! My husband has had marine aquariums as a hobby for over 25 years so he will love all the gorgeous sea life in this set! I decided to use the sea turtles today, don't have any in my collection!
Create a simple, sponged background with Memento Bahama Blue on Pure Luxury White and stamp on the seaweed randomly in Bahama Blue and Bamboo Leaves. Stamping off to get a second shade will create a lot of depth. Add the smaller turtle and a few fish silhouettes. Finally color and cut out this cute turtle! I was looking for some bubbles in the set and then realized a little bling here and there for sparkle would be so much better! "Just keep swimming!"

Come back this week for more samples with Theresa's set. My blog feed is working again, yay!
Next we have Rupa Shevde's Enjoy the Journey (available in clear or rubber), what a great travel set! After staring at all the images and greetings for a few minutes, I decided I wanted to make shaped card, look how simple to make this suitcase....
First, score Pure Luxury Tan Leather cardstock and fold to create a side fold card. cut off about inch of the folded side. This will leave you with a front and back panel that you know you will fit in a envelope. Round the corners with a small corner rounder punch. Then cut the folded part for your handle. Round the corners and cut out the inside in a U shape. Sponge Vintage Photo Distressing ink all over to add depth and bring out the beautiful grain of the leather cardstock.
Open the handle and put a little adhesive at each corner.

Gently fold back together with pressing together, hold the front and back of card together to make sure they are lined up, then pinch the handle closed over the front and back and old for a few seconds to let the glue set.
Now add some little details to finish the case, like piercing the corners with the Scor-Bug and Scor-Buddy, add adhesive nailheads for bling. I also collage stamped the compass to add interest.
Stamp on the globe in black and then stamp again on white CS and color. Cut out the colored image and adhere with pop dots over first image so you can see those lines encircling the globe.
Create tag from leather and white cardstock and stamp greeting.


Please enjoy the rest of the hop, thank you for visiting!

120 comments:

  1. LOVE! That underwater scene totally rocks! You gave it so much depth! Love the luggage card, too!

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    1. Just an observation, all these images look particularly terrific laid out of the file, swimming around! :-)

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  2. Fantastic Mel!! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

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  3. Amazing cards love the way you have made them so very Real. the suitcases are Amazing. the layering and the blending of the colors are super. thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

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  4. So cute. Love your idea for the travel card. Great job on these.

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  5. Great projects today, as always, Melanie! The Under the Sea card looks like that turtle could just come right off the page - so realistic! Thanks for the tutorial on the second project - you are amazing! Hugs...

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  6. TFS and the chance to win. Like the tearing technique~ adds dimension.
    Mstgane
    Ann

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  7. Great cards.
    Thanks for the tutotial of the luggage card!

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  8. wow!!! gorgeous cards!!! Love the ocean stamp set!! can't wait to order it now LOL!! Great suitcase too!! how adorable!!!

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  9. Anne BiesterfeldJune 4, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    Very cute cards. Love the coloring.

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  10. Melanie, you are a master! I love how realistic that turtle scene is. It's like I'm looking through a porthole!

    The suitcase is amazing in its details, as well.

    Hope you are well!

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    1. I'm great! And hope you are, too, thanks for your comment and checking in!

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  11. LOVED THESE!! You did an amazing job!! Thank you!

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  12. Gorgeous cards and great tutorial
    Thank you
    ColleenB.

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  13. Beautiful underwater scene with the sea turtles and I like your shaped suitcase card.

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  14. That suitcase is wonderful

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  15. Amazing, as always! Your Under the Sea sponging is absolutely gorgeous, and that suitcase is so clever!

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  16. Of course I learned something, I do every time you do a tutorial. Such wonderful talent and great cards.
    You are an inspiration.

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  17. Loved the turtle/tortoise card with its vibrant colors. Gorgeous! Your unique travel card is a work of art with the detail you put into it. So attractively done! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  18. It is all in the details! What fantstic touches! Such easy ideas, that make all the difference.

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  19. Love the scene you created with Theressa's set. The turtles are adorable. Thanks for the tutorial for the suitcase card! How clever!

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  20. Love your work
    Amazing suitcase
    Thank you for sharing

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  21. Your turtles and their background - just beautiful!
    And how cute to make a suitcase - and thanks for the great instructions!

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  22. Fantastic! Love them both. Thank you for the suitcase tutorial. You make everything look so easy after you explain it yet it looks so artistic, beautiful, and complicated.

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  23. Exquisite cards... great details and photos! Your creativity is exceptional!

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  24. Oh, wow! I am so enthused about your water scene...and I am getting that set too. Your other project is outstanding as well. Thanks for inspiring me.

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  25. The turtles look like they are having so much fun swimming. :) And the card you made with "Enjoy the Journey" is just so creative!

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  26. What inspirational cards these are!!! I really love your under the sea card... so vibrant and gorgeous!

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  27. I have your BOOK and many of your sets, as always your cards and tutorials have been of great help.Love the Sea card and luggage card. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks for letting me know, Jo Ann, so glad you are enjoying them!

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  28. Beautiful cards as usual. Very cleverly design, love your color selection. Thank you for your great instructions.

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  29. Beautiful cards! Gorgeous sea scene and I love the suitcase card!

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  30. Oh, I love that underwater scene. What a fantastic card. Regina

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  31. Totally wonderful cards! The luggage one is so cute and looks easy with your great instructions. And the turtle is great! TFS!

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  32. Absoutely beautiful. Love your work and these two cards are no exception! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  33. There are some designers that I just can't wait to click and see what their latest creations are and you are definitely on that list. Another wonderful job on these 2.

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  34. Love the luggage card - thanks for sharing the great tutorials!

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  35. I love that turtle! I want to give him a name and I don't even have the stamp yet. He's so cute! He represents a slow take it easy life.
    Sandi Doemel

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  36. LOVE these....I like the underwater scene the mix of greens and blue! I like your suitcase card....I see you still wearing your mothers day nailpolish!!

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    1. Hee hee, yes, I noticed that, too just a few bits here and there, wondered who might catch that! ;)

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  37. I love those cards ^-^. I wish I had the money to buy that 'Under The Sea'-stampset. It would go very nice with all my mermaid-stamps.

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  38. You have done a wonderful job coloring and shading on both cards!

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  39. Two awesome projects! The turtle card looks so real.

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  40. Both cards are great, but I love the under the sea card!

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  41. These 2 cards are absolutely stunning! No wonder you're a designer! Really love them BOTH very much. The suitcase is brilliant!

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  42. Love that suitcase and your underwater scene is gorgeous.

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  43. Great job! You are a true inspiration!

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  44. Thank you for the directions for the suitcase card....it is too cute and I am now dying to make one! I'm thinking a welcome your new baby as I have a few we will be welcoming this year in my extended family! How fun and creative...bling for bubbles....I adore it!

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  45. Thank you for the how to's . Your cards rock the way you colored the turtle brings him to life. Awesome job.

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  46. Absolutely stunning! Love these both. How creative!!!

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  47. great to have the tutorial- thanks!
    Hoilly

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  48. As always your cards are fabulous!! Love the turtles. I'm really working a keeping swimming today. The suitcase is so cute. Thanks for the detailed tutorial and all your wonderful inspiration

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  49. Love both of these, the colors are beautiful, and the suitcase is an awesome idea, great job, TFS!

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  50. BEautiful fish card & the suitcase is fabulous.

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  51. Great job on the underwater scene. The depth you created is fantastic. Also love the suitcases--great for masculine cards.

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  52. Excellent coloring on the Sea you card.The turtle is perfect. I like the detail of the suitcase. Thanks

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  53. these are very nice cards. I love the suitcase idea.

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  54. Love the dimension of both cards!

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  55. You are so talented! Love everything you do!!

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  56. Love the torn edge of of the sea turtle card, it's so neat!! It's so fun to see how other people create things, thanks for sharing!

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  57. Oh wow, those are over the top! The color of the sea is just beautiful!

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  58. love the coloring on your turtle and the cut out suitcase for the journey!

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  59. Such amazing cards, love your under the sea, and your wonderful suitcase and tutorial is inspired :-)

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  60. Great cards!! I love them and these stamp sets!!

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  61. great suitcase! totally looks like leather! your turtles are so real looking!Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  62. ADORABLE! Love these cards. So clever and nicely done.

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  63. Great projects Melanie! Your wonderful briefcase takes mee back to my Pn Am days....love it!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  64. Fintastic! Thanks for sharing ... hugs! Leah Ann

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  65. ohmygosh, so I just looked closely at my post for the first time today and realized I never rearranged my pics to the proper order after uploading for my suitcase tutorial when I drafted last week, yikes!! (blush) You have all been EXTRA generous with your comments not pointing that out LOL! Oh my!! It's fixed now, hope it all makes sense and you give it a try!

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  66. Yeah! I finally got an e-mail notification for your blog post. I love the turtle card, your sea and turtle are just perfect colors. Your suitcase card is quite clever too!

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    1. Woo hooo on the feed! Glad to be back up and running!!

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  67. That undersea card is breathtaking!Thanks for the suggestion of stamping off to create depth. It's info like that that makes me a better stamper. And your briefcase . . . OMY! It's amazing! Thanks for showing us what glue you use. I've been desperately trying to find something that will work better than what I already have.

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  68. Beautiful cards. Thanks for the tutorial for making the luggage card.

    Margie F.

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  69. How fun! Love your examples!

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  70. Wow! What a fun hop, loads of great projects and wonderful inspiration. Thanks!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  71. Your use of color takes my breath away! So realistic - great new stamps.

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  72. love the 2 turtles at different sizes

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  73. Both projects are great!! Love the suitcase, I may CASE your idea :)

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  74. Great! Love the turtle and a wonderful job on the luggage piece.

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  75. The colors on your under the sea card are really fabulous, it's such a well thought out underwater scene you created. Love the luggage card, I thought it was so much larger, smoke & mirrors! :) Just great creations!

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  76. Oh Melanie, your colors are so vibrant and beautiful. I just love your creations.
    loyaz1 at wbhsi dot net

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  77. Oh Melanie, your colors are so vibrant and beautiful. I just love your creations.
    loyaz1 at wbhsi dot net

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  78. Love your colors and your scene layout. TFS
    loyaz1 at wbhsi dot net

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  79. amazing...love the colors!!!!
    massey1982@aol.com

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  80. Gorgeous sea turtle and love your luggage. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  81. Fabulous cards, both of them! The torn bottom edge on Under the Sea adds so much to the scene. And the suitcase is perfect. TFS

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  82. I love the sea turtles and sea life set. Can't wait to order it.

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  83. Love both of these! Your underwater scene is wonderful, and I absolutely love that suitcase!

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  84. Your turtle card is fabulous -- looks like he is being spotlighted! Love the "case" card - very fun tutorial too!

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  85. Beautiful coloring in your underwater card. Your briefcase card is awesome. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  86. These are stunning Melanie! Your sea scene is just amazing - like looking at an aquarium! And the little suitcase is so clever!

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  87. Love your coloring in the 'under the sea' card and the suitcase is a fun idea. TFS, Mel!

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  88. The colors on the turtle card...awesome! Thanks for the info on the suitcase card. Will be casing this one!

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  89. Both cards are SO Awesome!! Love the undersea scene, the turtle is fabulous. The luggage card is totally genius! Love it!!

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  90. TOTALLY AWESOME sea turtle - looks so real and 3D. Thanks, too, for sharing the steps for the suitcase card - going in my CASE file!

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  91. Lots of scope for making underwater scenery thanks for the ideas your card is marvellous. The suitcase is awesome thanks for the tutorial

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  92. Your colored fish scene is amazing and the suitcase card is just so clever! Thanks!

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  93. Thanks for the tutorial on the suitcase - can't wait to give it a try.

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  94. Your underwater scene practically jumps off the paper! Love those vibrant colors. Thanks for the tutorial on how to make the suitcase.

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  95. Thanks for the tutorial! Love these cards! TFS!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  96. Melanie, as Connie said your Under the Sea turtle looks so real and 3D. And I really like the briefcase card you made for Enjoy the Journey!

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  97. What a stunning undersea card!!! And that travel case is fabulous....I love your tutorials!!!

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  98. wow amazing use of distressed ink.

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  99. Your cards are always among my favorites.
    scrappingbug@aol.com

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  100. Melanie, I love your work. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  101. Great cards. Love the details! Thanks for sharing!

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  102. STunning turtle card. The colors are awesome. I really like the little suitcase card. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  103. Jean MacNaughtonJune 5, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    love the travel card but have to ask how do you open the card? It looks like it is held together with the fold on the left and the handle on the top. Obviously I'm missing something!

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  104. Jean MacNaughtonJune 5, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    oops Ignore my previous comment about opening the travel card - re read the instructions and realize the handle is the only fold.
    You are an inspiration - have many of your stamp sets and love them all!

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  105. Fantastic Melanie thanks for the tutorial.

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  106. Wonderful work! Fabulous tutorial!!

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  107. Wow totally rocks! Thanks for the great tutorial too

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  108. Aww, your turtle card is awesome. Love it...

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  109. What SWEET turtles and bubbles, Mel -- fabulous card! And your suitcase card turned out amazing!

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  110. I adore the turtle card. The background is so simple yet it sounds like it is very easy to recreate.

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