First up, a baby card using the intersections of the links for the sentiment. After stressing about what alpha set to use that would fit the blocks well, it dawned on me to just use my pen and write it. Sometimes, the best solutions are the most simple, right?!
I picked light primary colors so the color mixing for green/orange/purple would be more noticeable. Then just used an exacto to cut out the cross they made.
Here's a one-layer card that uses two more of the link borders. The larger square border was the perfect size to house the square keys from Tech Talk, so I split up the letters by selectively inking them (I still can't cut my stamps. I'm getting closer to doing it though!) and stamping "sorry" in the spaces.
Then I made a mask of the large square links and sponged purple below, and stamped the tiny oval links above. To get the striped look I carefully stamped a second time over every other row. Not gonna lie, that was a little stressful for me! Next time I'll just use generational stamping I think.
This card uses all three sizes of the oval links border. Since they are separate, you can mix and match the sizes and colors to your heart's content. I went with the appearance of thick stripes by stamping several together in the same color.
The numeric 8 in the focal point was made by selectively inking the end of the oval link and stamping it as the top and bottom of the 8. The word "eight" comes from the Countdown set.