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On the Grid

The Ink Pad's exclusive line of NYC-themed stamps and stencils, designed by Michelle Ward, is a constant source of inspiration. This card features Michelle's beautiful Downtown Map Stamp against a grid of Manhole Covers.
The card makes use of both the Manhole Hex and the Manhole NYC sets, each of which contains three different 2" round manhole stamps and two very useful 3.75 x 2.75" stamps which are patterns inspired by the various manhole covers that can be seen around Manhattan. There's also a Mini Manhole set which has 1" versions of all six manhole covers, plus two fun accent stamps. Furthermore, there's an NYC Manhole Cover Stencil and Mask set as well as a Manhole Covers II set, which gives you the same covers in a larger (approx 4") size. If anyone had asked me, a few years ago, if I needed all of these versions, I might've been skeptical, but in fact I do use-- and love-- all of them! 
To make the grid, I used a sponge dauber to apply nine circles of Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide to a 6.5" square of white cardstock. I stamped the six Manhole Covers somewhat randomly in Black Archival Ink and left three of the circles empty except for accents of Maker Forte's awesome Splatter Square Style 1 and a bit of completely optional machine stitching. The MW Downtown Map is stamped in Mermaid Lagoon Oxide and adorned with Eyelet Outlet Star Brads, as well as the art deco birthday sentiment (in Hickory Smoke)from Michelle's Dance Line Cling Stamp Set. I added super-skinny mats of Black Glossy Kromekote Cardstock before mounting everything on medium grey with a bit of foam tape.
Be sure to check out the entire line of Michelle Ward's exclusive designs for The Ink Pad!
loves to make NYC-themed cards!

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