Friday, May 04, 2012

Four Ways Friday #87 - First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper

I had the First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper out on the craft table and when I saw it I knew it had to be the focus of this week's Four Ways Friday!  I am in LOVE with this paper and was so happy that I did not see it on the retiring list!!!!! :)  I'm hoping that wasn't an oversight and that it will actually continue to be with us in the new catalog.  It is such a versatile paper!
This paper needs very little embellishment to create a very gorgeous card!  Here I just punched nine circles from the paper using my 1" circle punch.  I then adhered the circles to a Whisper White card base with glue.  The butterflies from Kindness Matters were stamped with Staz-On onto Very Vanilla card stock and then cut out.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment from Just Believe with Jet Black Staz-On onto Very Vanilla card stock and cut it out with banner ends.  The greeting was adhered to the card with dimensionals and the butterflies with glue.
This paper makes a wonderful background too!  I began by stamping the typewriter from Established Elegance onto a square of transparency using Jet Black Staz-On ink.  I then added the letters for "hello" from the Calendar Alphabet & Numbers stamp set (so sad this stamp set is retiring!) also with Staz-On.  I then cut a square of the First Edition paper to layer underneath the transparency and I sewed the transparency and paper together on my sewing machine.  I then backed that piece with a piece of Basic Black card stock and popped the whole thing up on dimensionals on a Confetti card base.
The First Edition paper also has some great images incorporate into it!  I fell in love with this little typewriter (can you tell I like typewriters?!).  I decided to cut it out and adhere it to a piece of masonite/hardboard (you could use a Scrabble tile too) using matte gel medium.  Once that dried, I covered the entire front with Crystal Effects.  I let that dry and covered it again with Crystal Effects.  Finally, I added a bail to the piece using Crystal Effects and put it on a ball chain.  Can't wait to wear it!!!!!  You can make these cute necklaces with any of your designer series papers :)
You don't have to leave this First Edition paper looking black and cream!  For this card I sponged a piece of the paper with Pretty In Pink ink.  Then I ran the piece through my paper crimper and then cut it into very thin strips.  I stamped the dress form image from Established Elegance onto Whisper White card stock with Jet Black Staz-On and then began adding the little paper strips with glue.  Some adhesive pearls create a great waistband and the machine stitching around the edges of the panel reinforces the seamstress look :)  Finally, I added the greeting from Loving Thoughts (no, I will not stop using this set just because it is retired - I love it way too much!!!!!  How can I stop using a stamp that says "wonderful you?!?!")(OOOOHHHH!  I just found out that this stamp set will be carried over into the new catalog along with Apothecary Art and a few other favorites!!!!  Yippppeeeee!!!!!!).  This card has really fun dimension in person.
I hope you've enjoyed this week's Four Ways Friday!  I had a lot of fun playing with this paper and I hope these ideas inspire you to create some fun projects of your own!  May you have a wonderful, creative and love-filled weekend!!!!!


Lorraine said...

I'm loving all four of these. I don't know how you do it but I'm glad you do. I can't keep track anymore of all the things that are "retiring" that I love so I've decided not to discriminate. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Lucy said...

All four projects are great. I really enjoy the Four Ways Friday ideas. Thanks!