The musings and offerings of a burgeoning greetings master

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Plain, Yet Fancy

I like what I see when I see people do cards on Kraft card stock.  Usually it's some fun, simple thing with a good bit of the kraft left visible.  Looks great, right?  Well, I decided to play around with this idea. 

I came up with this--
This was made with my friend Melanie Muenchinger's The Vine stamps from GinaK Designs, on GinaK Designs Pure Luxury Kraft card stock.  I ran the card front through my cuttlebug with the folder that came with it, and then added that piece of black cs from The Paper Company, which I cut with a nestabilities scalloped rectangle die, then embossed with my Swiss dots folder.  I had the flowers and vines cut out a while ago, but they are stamped on cs from DCVW, with Studio G chalk ink.  The ribbon and pearls were from the dollar bin at AC Moore. 

So, I put all of this together, popping up leaves and flowers along the way with both adhesive squares and my NEW friend, mounting tape.  Did you know this stuff is awesome?   And that it lifts stuff off your page, but not anywhere near as high as a foam square will do?  So you can do several heights of your elements??
I do now!  
However-- I decided there just wasn't enough LIFE in this card.  Enter my Sakura GellyRoll glitter pen!!!  Ok, I may have gone a LITTLE crazy with this thing, but isn't it cool?  Can you tell I just bought my first glitter pen?   It's around the pearls, all over the vines, it's just everywhere...
This bad boy was so delicate in moves, it let me touch the tips of my swiss dots and left the perfect amount of glitter.  I totally dig it directly on the Kraft too.  Gives a little glam to the roughness. 

Hey, so, head on over to Melanie's blog Hands, Head and Heart, and check out my last installment as guest designer for this "The Vine" series.  She's giving a chance to get some blog candy if you become or admit that you are a follower of my blog, and leave her a comment on her blog. I get all Dutch-like in that one.  Check it.

This has been such a great experience, living with this set, and being Melanie's guest designer.  I have never delved so deep into what a single stamp set can achieve.  I found it to be a great focusing exercise;  it makes you HAVE to be as creative as you can be.  Fun stuff!!  Thank goodness this was a great set to work with.  This one will show up again, I'm sure. 

Next time, I have to tell you all about my great stamping party experience with some gals working with A*Muse Studio products.  Oh, and I have been playing with using several companies stamps in one image, too.  More on that later!

Thanks for stopping by! 
All Best-


  1. Ha ha, I think you are hooked on the glitter pens! Can't wait to see your project over on Melanie's blog - I'll head that way next! Great card, my friend! That black panel in the background pulls everything together so well - beautiful work!!! Will look forward to hearing your A*Muse story! They have some pretty cute stuff - so how broke ARE you??? lol... take care!

  2. I really like the color combination here, Richard. The green, purple, and kraft really is striking!

  3. Great card Richard! Love that embossing folder and I don't think you went overboard at all with the glitter pen. And yes, mounting tape is a great "friend" to have. I use it a lot for mounting matted sentiments when I don't want the sentiment to be as high as something else on the card. Mounting tape is also great for making shaker cards! Hope you and yours is well. Best, Curt

  4. Hey Richard! The colors on this card are perfect. Subtle and soft. I love the embossing folder, very delicate. I received your wonderful thank you card! Thank you so much, it is quite lovely!! Happy stamping!

  5. Great card Richard...I think I signed up to be a follower in previous weeks, but can't seem to check on that and your follower link doesn't work for me right now? Anyway, I want to get a guy's perspective on cards so you're the one to follow!!!
    Jan Castle
    castle77 at comcast dot net

  6. Love this card. I don't do much with Kraft, but I should. That embossing folder is cute. Thanks for sharing.

    I started at the beginning of your blog. Great work and I am now following you. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  7. Hi Richard!
    Love reading and seeing your blog postings! Glad Melanie asked you to be her guest! I know how I can get carried away with the glitter pen, but you did just wonderful! I've never seen that embossing folder...I love those things. Off to buy more at A. C. Moore this weekend!

  8. Well, if you know anything about me, its my love of kraft cardstock! LOVE this color combo Richard! And your glitter pen is perfect touches on this!

  9. Hei Richard, this is a great looking card!! I absolutely love your delft card too. I worked in Amsterdam some years back and I got to visit the delft factory and see the entire process. So it's especially nice to be reminded of this wonderful art. Awesome work!!

  10. Hi Richard, just found you from Melanie's..
    Fabulous card, love you you used design paper for the flowers.

  11. PS.. I am putting stamps up as blog candy on my blog, throw your name in if you like the stamps I am giving out.


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