Gothic Elegance

I’ve always had a bit of gothic streak, stemming from my teens and whilst it isn’t as prevalent now, I still love the gothic style and some of the flourishes that form part of it. The Simply Elegant suite caught my eye the first time I flicked through the new Annual Catalogue pages and it hasn’t disappointed me on bit.

The background of the card can be made in one of two ways – the way that I made is using blending brushes and ink after random stamping the large motif or you could get a similar finish by random stamping using the tone on tone technique. I preferred the blending brushes as I wanted to have areas darker around the edges and add shading.

The Ornate Frames dies really tie in with the gothic theme – don’t they? With some added ribbon and a double layered heart, I think it has completed the gothic theme really well. And the best part? I still have another three card fronts so can make more to go with this one!

Whilst I chose Rich Razzleberry, which colour would you have used for this? Let me know in the comments.

Best Wishes,

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Flowering Perfection

This Designer Series Paper (DSP) didn’t look as brilliant in the catalogue as it does in real life – the lesson here is to buy it if the thumbnails even slightly intrigue you. Not once has any of the products I have bought this way failed me. I’m sure you’ll agree by watching my video below, this paper is absolutely gorgeous!

I love the contrast of the bright colours against the black background, and I also love that the papers (and the stamp set) are one of the many options you can earn for FREE until the 28th February. The selection this year is one of the the best I have seen in my time as a demo! I’m not sure what the project I made is considered a box or a bag, but I love it nonetheless. They can store flat too, so for those who may mass produce them for sending treats or products, they can make them in advance and store them with minimal space required.

And don’t get me started about how good this stamp set is – I find myself reaching for it all the time. Just like the paper it is one of the choices available for FREE during Sale-a-Bration.

Have you chosen either of these as part of your freebies?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Basic Black = 81/4 x 113/4 inches
  • Designer Series Paper (2 pieces) = 4 x 4 inches
  • Basic White Scrap

Scoring:

  • Long Side (113/4) = 3/4, 47/8 inches on both sides
  • Short Side = 2 inches on both sides

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Golden Perfection

One of my favourite combos is Black and Gold and I absolutely love when I can bring all the co-ordinating items onto a single project like this one – ribbon, embellishments, embossing powder – all matching to really bring the box to light. The acetate acts as a slider on the box for added wow, which I love as it gives it a special something elevating it over any other box you may make.

I don’t get my embossing powders out as often as I should, but powder is the only way to get that gorgeous look to the sentiment. Gold was the theme for the sample I made, but in my video I switched to Silver to show the variety the acetate brings – I’m not sure which one I prefer more!

And don’t you just love the sentiment? The mixture of two fonts is gorgeous, and to make things even better, the stamp set is one of the FREE choices as part of Sale-a-Bration until 28th February 2021. The finished size is really good too and will fit plenty of treats inside.

Have you purchased any of the Golden Garden Acetate yet? If not, why not?

Best Wishes,
Suzanne

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Measurements:

  • Cardstock = 81/2 x 111/2 inches
  • Acetate = 51/2 x 12 inches

Scoring:

  • Long side = 4, 51/2, 91/2, 11 inches
  • Short side = 11/2 inches on each side

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