Friday, April 25, 2008


When someone mentions Prima, I immediately think of flowers but today this company offers everything a scrapbooker or altered artist would need – including the flowers.

Prima Marketing Inc. has recently introduced a new line of beautiful cardstock and coordinating embellishments called Angelique, created by Iron Orchid Designs. For this review I received 12 sheets of 12 x 12-inch cardstock in 6 different patterns with coordinating backs. The colors were most inviting; the soft pinks, blues, and greens mixed with contrasting burgundy and black; make this collection very versatile to work with.

Springtime in Texas always brings a vast array of color and beauty to our roadsides, parks, and even our own backyard. The Angelique collection, specifically Wings, would provide the perfect backdrop for my wildflowers photos I took in our back pasture. I used a colored pencil to highlight a few of the swirl designs and used chalk to highlight the roses. By cutting around a few of the swirls I was then able to tuck the photos and journaling block behind the design which gives the illusion that the pattern and the photos are one. For a final touch I added some silver Luster Rub-on to the edge of the paper which enhanced the softness of the design.

Title: Wild Flowers
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics, Butter Cream & Herbal Garden Medium)
Patterned Paper (Prima Angelique Collection, Wings)
Flowers (Prima)
Luster Rub-Ons (Craft-T)
Shimmer Chalk (Craft-T)
Ice Stickles (Ranger)
Colored Pencils (Prismacolor)
Font (CK Script))
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

When I first glanced at the patterns in this collection I knew that I wanted to use Angel Kisses. I loved the colors used in the floral and swirl pattern and how it framed the lined paper. My initial thought was to use the lines to create a page with a lot of journaling but as I began to work with the design I really wanted to place more emphasis on the pattern which framed the page. I used the burgundy side of Angel Breath to create the vertical strip and tucked it behind the floral frame after I had cut around the design with an Exacto knife. I also used the backside of the second sheet of Angel Kisses for the torn green horizontal photo mat and tucked it behind the design as well. After adding some black and red luster Rub-on around the edge of the cardstock; placing a large flower in the lower corner; and a title across the top, my page was complete!

Title: Nature
Products used: Patterned Paper (Prima Angelique Collection, Angel Kisses & Angel Breath)
Paint (Making Memories)
Flower (Prima)
Luster Rub-Ons (Craft-T Products)
Ribbon (Tie One On)
Adhesive (Ad Tech)
Font (Traveling Typewriter)
Foam Letters (Dollar Tree)
Punches (EK Success)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

Once I began to work with the design provided on the cardstock I found that it took me no time at all to create these two pages which I am very proud to display. I actually spent more time printing out photos and the journaling than I did designing the page because the majority of the work had been done by Iron Orchid Designs.

The new Angelique collection from Prima Marketing Inc. is just as beautiful and inspiring as it’s name and is sure to add romance, peace and beauty to whatever project you create. I highly recommend that add this collection to your scrapbooking shopping list!

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