This week we're going to explore the world of art papers with some cool cards and five give-aways. Are you with me?
I hope so.
Art papers are large sheets you'll find in the art section of Hobby Lobby or in art supply stores on large tilt racks, or specialty papers that generally live in the art supply department rather than the stamping/scrapbooking department.
Why are we doing this? Well, I have two boxes under my bed FULL of these types of papers. When I first started crafting, I mostly made hand-bound books, and of course I stocked up on tons of pretty papers. I used a lot of them but still have lots of scraps and some unused paper.
Okay, a lot of unused paper. My tendency to over-buy started early.
Anyway, when I first started making cards, I used these papers but was never really satisfied with my cards until I moved primarily to stamping. Under my bed they have languished for the last five or so years. It's time to drag them out and show them some love. Besides, I think I've finally learned enough about design to make them work for me.
Today's two cards surely work for me. The paper is a gray-blue marbled paper with just a hint of silver shimmer in it. At one time, I covered a box with it, and also used it on the cover of several handmade books. Only scraps remain.
First up, I decided to punch butterflies out of the marbled paper. Now, butterflies are soft, and marble is hard. But the swirls of the marbled paper made me think of the tracks butterflies...fluid and unpredictible and ethereal. A fog-colored vine (PTI) grounds them a bit, and this seemed like a really good card for a woman's birthday, so the lovely greeting from Sincere Salutations works perfectly. Little pearls accent the butterflies because they can. Like butterflies, pearls don't need a reason.
Next up is a MONOGRAM CARD! I KNOW! You thought I'd given up completely on them. I thought I had given up completely on them.
Never say never. I love this card. Check out those white-on-white layers, the single strip of marbled paper, and the two PERFECTLY MATCHING brads (the only embellishments in my entire stash o' stuff that matched this paper!).
Give-Away: To make Art Paper Week more fun, I'm going to send one randomly selected person each day a selection of 12 art-paper pieces to play with. Most of the pieces are 4.25" x 5.5". It's just a small give-away, but hopefully the infusion of some new bits of paper will get you as excited as I am for stretching out a bit and inspire you to look at your own old, unused supplies in a more favorable light.
To enter the give-away each day, just leave a comment answering the day's question. The deadline for today's drawing is Wednesday night at 12:00 Eastern time (US).
What's your favorite art supply (as opposed to scrapping/stamping supply) to use for cardmaking?