Monday, February 23, 2009

Easy as 1, 2, 3!

A recipe for success: 1 ink, 2 stamps, 3 papers= 1 fast and FABULOUS card!

Today's sample uses two beautiful new papers from Paper Temptress, Elegant Laid (Avalanche White) and Silver Lustre, a kind of prismatic holographic paper that allows the ink to "slip" below the surface to create an almost 3-D effect. Clcik the pic for a closeup to see the silver shimmer! The silver stripes are so beautiful by themselves, I stamped Gina K's "Tropical Flowers" image on top in Memento Tuxedo Black ink (the silver paper turns the black ink a dark gray) and mounted it onto SU! Basic Gray CS. The Elegant Laid paper, which I stamped my greeting onto (These are words put together from my "Say it with Flowers" set tp form the one sentiment, stamped off Memento Black once to get a dark grey ink to match the flowers) has a very fine striped texture as well. I made sure the lines were both going vertically in my design, gorgeous with the vertical of the flowers. The matted panels are all popped up on dimensionals. This a is a 4 1/4" square card.

Another terrific feature of this Lustre paper, the back is smooth white, so this makes a fantastic card base: outside you have a beautiful silver finish, the inside is white for writing your message! Above I have it pulled over so you can see the front and the back.

Love this simple elegance, this was a VERY simple card, but I think it's just stunning! Special papers like these with a beautiful image make it don't even need embellishments or ribbon, the whole card front looks like a gorgeous piece of striped satin!

Now! there are several things you need to mark your calendar for this week:

Patricia is adding 50 NEW kinds of paper to the Paper Temptress store this week, and you are invited to come out and join in the fun! There will be TWO lucky winners who will receive one sheet of all the new cardstock, that is a value of over $29.00 just for attending the event!! Just another great reason to join us (Patricia, me, the rest of her design team, and the rest of her paper lovin' fans!) in the Paper Temptress Paper Lover's Forum on Papercraft Planet, Wednesday night, February 25th, at 8:00 PM Central time, (9:00PM Eastern time 7:00PM Mountain Time and 6:00PM Pacific Time.)

Also, there is a new challenge with a prize (free stamp set!) EVERY day over at StampTV this week! Yesterday's challenge was thumping, watch the video and upload your card to the site for a chance to win,( it's a random drawing) you have until Wednesday for that one! Challenges will be hosted each day by a different member of the Gina K Designs design team (one by yours truly on Friday!) This will be going on EVERY week so get in the habit of playing! :) Let's go see the challenge for today!


  1. Mel this is simply gorgeous.. I LOVE IT!


  2. This is so gorgeous, Melanie...and that paper is yummy!!

  3. This is gorgeous. I love the simplicity of it!

  4. Your card is just stunning! At first I thought you used the paper crimper on the paper. It really does give the 3D effect.

  5. This is such a beautiful card.
    The layout is very claen and elegant and the paper... let's just say, they don't call Patricia the Paper Temptress for nothing! lol
    Thank you for sharing.

  6. Oh, it IS fabulous! You know I love shimmer!

  7. Stunning. I just love that paper. I was a tad clueless with what to do with it though. Your art is brilliant.


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