Monday, July 11, 2011

Established Elegance

I got a box of SU! goodies today that had some brand new stamps and accessories! One of my favorite sets out of the new cattie is Established Elegance. I just couldn't wait to get my hands on it and start stamping. So, not surprisingly, I did two cards for this week's Mojo Monday Challenge with this stamp set ;) The stamp set has a vintage feel, so again not surprisingly, both my cards have a vintage feel, too. I showcased my favorite two images from the stamp set, the typewriter and the mannequin.

I also received my In Color Ribbons today - I'm doing a ribbon sampler for my customers which means I got ALL 5 GORGEOUS new In Colors!!!  I must say, the ribbon is pretty in the catalogue but it is much much prettier in real life.  I just love it and had to use it on the card below. I also used the new Houndstooth Embossing Folder.  Such a great pattern for men's cards and the vintage feel. And the key - I'm a sucker for keys, so any stamp sets that have a key are quite exciting to me :)

Little hints: 

*Love the vintage feel? Sponge Soft Suede ink over Crumb Cake or Very Vanilla card stock and instantly age it.
*Use SU!'s Linen Thread for a fine vintage look.
*Tear your card stock randomly for an aged look.
*To give your card some dimension, crumple your DSP. I love the First Edition DSP because it is thinner than most and isn't too thick when crumpled.
*To change the look of a stamp, cut the words of a greeting apart and glue on a separate piece of card stock (like I did with the "Modes aux Elegantes" stamp).
*For even more dimension, I stamped the mannequin in the first card on Textured Very Vanilla card stock.

Don't you just love how even though it's the same layout and same stamp set, both cards are oh so different?  I hope this got your creative juices flowing - keep letting stamps bring out your creativity!


Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Oh, these are just gorgeous. Love all the shabby details. Thanks for playing Mojo Monday!

Marlayne said...

Love your card Monica! I have to take a second look at that stamp set now! lol!