Wednesday, April 14, 2010

My first Paper Garden Project

I'm SO excited to be on the Paper Garden Projects design team. Actually we call the team members "Gardners" how cute is that? And perfect to be a new Gardner in spring right!

One of the first things I got to work with was a set of clear stamps by Penny Black. I knew as soon as I saw them that my first project would be this card. I stamped the vases with versamark ink and embossed with clear powder on some Basic Grey paper. I then cut the vases out. Glued them on the paper, drew in some shadow with a gray marker and stamped one flower for one vase. Added a greeting and done. Actually I'd love a trio of cool vases in cool prints. Looks like something you'd find in the new Liberty of London for Target line doesn't it? (I'm going later to get me a Liberty of London for Target organizing box, maybe two.)

Stamps: Salutations Clear Stamp Set
Paper: Basic Grey Green At Heart
Pink Cardstock: Prism Cardstock
White Cardstock: Neeha Classic White

A comment on Cardstocks:
  • I've done my next project already too. I want to talk NOW though about one of the materials I used in it. The kraft cardstock. I have shared with you guys that I love the Papertrey kraft. I used to use the Stampin' Up and it was a little muddy for me and just a bit drab. Well the kraft at Paper Garden Projects is WONDERFUL. I ordered some just so I could review it for you. It's REALLY nice. Very paper bag-ish looking, lots of flecks and stuff, but totally smooth. And a GREAT weight.
  • Oh and I know the Neeha Classic White is tremendously popular, but I had never used it until this project and I concur, it's NICE white cardstock.
  • I had also never used the Prism cardstocks. They are nice. YUMMY colors, rich saturation and they seem to cover every color you could want. They ARE thinner than say, PTI or even a smidge thinner than Stampin' Up. I usually use colored cardstock as a layer though. On this card today I made the base out of the white and cut the Prism to fit the whole front of the card. The Prism also has texture. I generally am freaked out by textured cardstocks because I like to stamp and what if the pretty texture messes up my stamping, but guess what? The Prism texture is on only one side. It actually FEELS like high quality letterpress. You know the highest quality letterpress you don't feel it from the reverse side. Delicious. Actually I think this cardstock is asking for some faux letterpressing.

1 comment:

Cathy at Paper Garden Projects said...

Lovely card Erin, I love the little vases (and I've always liked the sentiments on that set). (glad you are enjoying the cardstock - its my fave!)