Wednesday, 23 April 2008

I love Glossy White cardstock!

These two cards both use a panel of Stampin' Up!'s Glossy White cardstock (found on p133 of the 2008/9 catalogue, item 106555, $9.50 for 25 sheets) It is probably something you would overlook in the catalogue in favour of all the other yummy choices, but these cards show how effective and versatile it is!

The Ruby red card is stamped first in Versamark ink using the Paisley background stamp (one of my all time faves) to create a subtle watermark effect. I then cut a sheet of Glossy white into 4 equal sections, and stamped each with Ruby Red ink and the Paisely background. I used my brayer to get a nice even impression, but if you don't have one handy, you could use a small rolling pin. The dye based ink penetrates the glossy surface, and gives a rich intense colour, which I think you'll agree makes the stamp pattern really 'pop' from the page! I then trimmed the sections down into bands, and mounted them on a wider strip of our Whisper White cardstock, add a snippet of white Grosgrain ribbon and attach to the card base. Add a greeting in Whisper White craft ink to complement the white accents in the design and Voila! a very quick and easy card that just looks complicated. From one sheet of Glossy white, I made 12 cards, so a little goes a long way, and it is a great technique to consider for any card you need to make a batch of.

The second card uses the "Crayon Resist" technique, and I did a more detailed tutorial on that a few weeks ago if you'd care to scroll down a bit. Briefly, you need Glossy White cardstock, Stazon ink, a white WAX crayon, some small sections of sponge (such as Stampin' Sponges, p 150, 101610, $6.50 /3pk) and a couple of inks that look nice together. Stamp, apply crayon to areas you wish to highlight, sponge inks over and then polish with a tissue to reveal the white areas under the wax. Again, this is a great technique for cards you need to mass produce, as you can stamp a whole sheet of GW and cut it into small sections to embellish your card bases with. This card uses Apricot Appeal and Certainly Celery inks and cardstocks.

I hope you like them, give me a call on (02) 9484 9447 if you'd like to add some Glossy White to your supplies!

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