Papertrey Ink Blog and today features some of the sets that came out in 2009. I was totally inspired by Laurie Schmidlin's card using the Giga Guidelines Stamp Set. This set is no longer available, but I bought it from someone on the For Sale or Trade Board over at the Papertrey Ink Forum sometime last summer. I love the big bold graphics of this set. I didn't really know that about myself until I started making cards. I would have thought my style would be frilly and ultra feminine but I find that for the most part, I love really bold graphics rather than dainty in my work.
I love the grey, black, white and gold of Laurie's card because, let's face it, it is bold! Laurie also scored her front panel to emboss the diamond pattern on there. I'm not sure how she did it, but I have a fairly close version of it myself although it took several tries to get it. When I finally figured it out in pencil, I scored my panel following the pencil lines on the back side which left the impression on the card front. Then I used that as my guide for lining up my stamps. I also used the Guide Lines Stamp Set to have a smaller but coordinating image in the same style. For those images I stamped them in Versamark and heat embossed them.
Like Laurie, I used two colors of ink (Smokey Shadow and Lovely Lady) and two different stamps from the Giga Guidelines Set. I really like this design and it would be very easy to make into a masculine card using some blues or browns. I mounted this panel on a top folding card base made from Smokey Shadow Cardstock. Just like Laurie, I added some gold watercolor spatter to the card front using my Finetech Mica Gold Palette.
I used one of the Limitless Layers Circles to cut a circle and stamped one of the medallions I used in Versamark and heat set it with Gold Embossing Powder. I also used one of the sentiments from the set and heat embossed it as well.
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