Trending: Lace Impressions

In my continuing quest to own every crafting product imaginable (a quest that at face value sounds like a joke–until you check out my stash), I’m always interested in the trends and patterns that seem to pop-up with each new season of line introductions from the various craft companies. One of the more notable trends of this Fall 2010 season is the popularity of lace.

Many paper lines, stamps, and embellishments seem to be featuring a strong throwback to something that was once considered apropos to vintage or shabby chic projects. However, lace (whether literal or in its impression) seems to be on trend for major use in scrapbook and cardmaking projects through the rest of the year. Now, I don’t think lace was ever out. But, seeing it reemerge so strongly as a main focal point in crafting is rather unusual. The influx of laser cutting with cardstock and ribbon has made it easier for intricate lace patterns to be transitioned into new uses and forms. One area that seems to have heavily embraced the lace trend is stamping. Today’s card project features a lace rubber stamp as a focal point.

This card project is made from Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Bravo Burgundy. The card mat is decorative foiled cardstock from SEI’s “Lovebirds” collections. The lace stamp I used was from Donna Salazar’s “Trunk In The Attic” series of cling mounted rubber stamps. This particular stamp is called “Lacey Goodness”. It measures approximately 4 3/4″ x 3 7/8″. To achieve the effect I wanted, I stamped the image using VersaMark on to a piece of the Bravo Burgundy cardstock. Then, I used Stampin’ Up!’s White Stampin’ Emboss powder and my heat tool to set the image. Once it was cooled, I cut around the stamped image and used it on my card front. The heat embossing, I think, gives the look of texture and realism to the intricate cut-out work of the lace pattern. I thought the quilled rose added just the right finishing accent to the mood of the card. The sentiment is a K & Co. Grand Adhesion and the inside journaling card is from Prima Marketing.


Start A Garden

Sometimes decorative papers can make a world of difference in the overall presentation of a card and/or theme. For example, this card which highlights a decorative paper from Graphic 45 just bursts with color and intricate detail. I can’t help but smile simply looking at it. Unfortunately for me, Graphic 45 has turned into a newly acquired obsession. I think their papers are some of the most colorful and detailed works of art currently on the market. While they definitely cater to a specific look and time, their work with even basic patterns is dynamic and brilliant.

For this card project, the following materials were used:

  • PAPERS: Stampin’ Up! cardstock in Glorious Green (5″ x 11″), Graphic 45 decorative paper from the “Fashionista” collection, entitled ‘Le Fleur’ (#4500072, 2 3/4″ x 4 7/8″ and 3 7/8″ x 4 7/8″), Pink Paislee Flip Note from the “365 Degree” collection;
  • EMBELLISHMENTS: Prima Essentials No. 9 Flowers: Watercolor Solids, Prima Essentials Cognac faceted crystal, K & Co. Brenda Walton Grand Adhesion from the “Brianna Correspondences” collection;
  • TOOLS: Stampin’ Up! Tag Corner punch, Making Memories paper trimmer, Scor-Pal;
  • ADHESIVE: AdTech Mono Adhesive; Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Dimensionals, Glue Dots
  • The card base (in Stampin’ Up! Glorious Green) was scored at 3″ and 7″ to create an offset tri-fold card. The decorative paper was used on the two exposed card flaps. All the corners of the base cardstock and decorative paper were snipped with the tag corner punch for uniformity. Two Prima mulberry flowers in a bright red were layered with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the crystal was adhered with a 1/2″ Glue Dot. While quite simple in its construction, the card definitely makes a statement.