Start with a fairly dark background color, even matting it with a pretty pattern if you'd like. Make them subtle, though, as you'll be layering things on top of it.
Cut a circle out of a focal point-worthy piece of decorator paper and overlap it on the lefthand side of the card. Then you'll choose a coordinating embellishment and the perfect phrase to tie it all together.
It's pretty simple, and it's a great go-to sketch to use up your leftovers.
My circle is cut from a "words of coffee" decorator paper and matted on the same dark brown card stock.
It's accented with a 3D cup of coffee and "I like you a Latte" stickers. (I know it's a bad pun, but that's my favorite kind.)
And since the card looked pretty sparse, I added four dark orange gems to the corners.
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