Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sneak Peek Day 4: Vintage Backgrounds and Masculine Messages

For our last night of peeks, we have a wonderful set of backgrounds by Nina called "Vintage Backgrounds" and a beautiful "Free with Three" set of greetings by Gina called "Masculine Messages", both very versatile and nice basics for your stamp collection. Borders and backgrounds are always great for filling up a lot of space on your card as well as adding a lot of color and detail quickly, one of my favorite ways is to stamp them onto a patterned paper and double up on your colors and patterns! I did this on both cards tonight. Here I used a sheet of Basic Grey, most of their packs come with several "solid" distressed colors in addition to the prints. Sometimes I wish these had a little more "going on", so pull out a big background strip like these polka dots and stamp! :) I did these tone on tone to be more subtle, I wouldn't normally give my husband a card with big polka dots, but in the same shade as the paper they look like bubbles, especially when you pair it with that herringbone background stamp in brown on White, which trimmed and added across the base looks like rope to complete the nautical feel. But in different colors both these stamps would take on a completely different look! My husband is a little old for buttons on his card, so I used one of my star fish from "Gifts from the Sea", all the shells are probably going to become a standard on my masculine cards when I need some "man bling"! I also used Chocolate Brown and Kraft, sponging a little Rich Cocoa ink on the tag before removing the rectangle die.
Next I wanted to make a very feminine card using both sets again to show their vintage side as well as that these messages don't have to be masculine! This card uses three of the new backgrounds: the laces and striped ribbon which I stamped over a Basic Grey Origins pattern, and the hounds tooth which I stamped over the dark olive button with Black Stazon (totally got the button idea from Lynn when she peeked the "Vintage Borders" set a few months back!)

Here you can see it up close, I didn't use any of the "male words", just one of the gender neutral sentiments. The tag for the greeting is the other corner of the same patterned paper , I was happy to use that gorgeous olive flourish from the print again, this time turned sideways.... base and mats are Pure Luxury White and Black Onyx.



Designers Participating in Previews tonight:



        The Release Party is tomorrow night on StampTV. We would LOVE to have you join us for the fun!


        There will be challenges, contest questions, chatter, as well as tons of samples from the Design Team members from 7-10 (central time) all leading to the new products being available in GinaK's online store at 10pm.

        13 comments:

        Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

        Oh very cool masculine looks Mel!!! I love the sentiments combined with your seashells!!!

        Tinker and JingeBear's Mom said...

        Sassy and smart! I love these - very masculine, and you're right, sometimes buttons just don't cut it on a guy-card. The button on the second card is just genious however! Love that BG Origins paper and I too hate if I can't find a way to use the extra edge of flourish. ~ky

        Theresa Momber said...

        Love the way you showed such a variety of looks with the different sets!

        joy said...

        you have made these background stamps so appealing!

        Betty Neville said...

        Wonderful cards Melanie! Love your starfish embellishment!

        Becky said...

        Gorgeous cards.

        NinaB said...

        These are stunning, Mel. That button is a great idea. Thanks for reminding me of that.

        catdidit said...

        Love these both Mel! That first one rocks combined with your set like that, LOVE that!

        Carla (cmsuto) said...

        Awesome cards, Melanie! Love the subtle polka dots on the DP and the starfish! Your second card is gorgeous - love how you used the DP here!

        Lynn Mercurio said...

        Fantastic designs Mel. So much interest and dimension!

        Jessica said...

        Oh my goodness, Melanie! Your cards are so awesome! I LOVE those dots with your shells! Great job!

        Jennie said...

        Beautiful cards Mel! Love the dp with these sets, really pops!

        Vanessa said...

        I really like these two cards. I'm not a vintage kind of girl, but these are awesome! I like the small starfish on the bottom of the first card. Nice touch.