Thursday, September 17, 2009

English Garden

Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about Marks Paper Company and until now, I have never actually seen any of their products in person. The very first thing I noticed about the English Garden collection was what appeared to be texture. I say “appeared” because the paper is smooth and the realistic texture is actually part of the pattern. This is a really neat feature!

butterfly

The English Garden collection contains 5 medium weight double-sided 12 x 12 inch papers along with one sheet of die cuts and a set of 3 covered buttons. These are not ordinary buttons though, instead they come with a traditional wire pin back which proved to be very beneficial when working with my projects.

While I am not normally a fan of purple, I found that I loved the combination of blue, green, and purple in the designs of this collection. The colors and patterns give a sense of tranquility and truly reflected the title of this collection – English Garden.

I began my layout by using a soft shade of purple for my background. I then layered Gravel, Lawn, and Flower Bed behind my photograph and added a scallop edge of Lavender along the top of Lawn. I cut the leaves from the flower die cut and placed them next to the journaling block. To add dimension to my layout, I layered the two butterflies together and placed pop dots behind the wings. Then I placed the leaf die cut at the bottom right corner of the photograph and mounted a button onto a circle die cut. Because the buttons have a pin back it was easy to adjust the button on my layout for perfect placement. For the finishing touch, I added some glitter to the wings of the butterfly, the leaves, and the bottom of the journaling block.

Mr.-Dragonfly
Title: Mr. Dragonfly
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics)
Patterned Paper (Marks Paper Company English Garden, Gravel, Lawn, and Flower Bed)
Die Cut (Marks Paper Company English Garden)
Covered Button (Marks Paper Company English Garden)
Border Punch (Fiskers, Threading Waters)
Glitter (PK Glitz, Glitter Glitz Eggplant and Egyptian Treasure)
Pop Dots (All Night Media)
Glue Pen (Quickie Glue, Sakura)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

The English Garden collection from Marks Paper Company will also help you to create some beautiful cards in minimal time.

I started with a dark maroon base and layered Lawn and a strip of Lavender onto my card base. I added a strip of ribbon from my stash between the two patterns and gently bent the petals of the two flower die cuts. I inked the edges of the petals and the tag and stamped my message onto the end of the tag. I then layered the flowers with a circle cut from the Lawn pattern and finished it with a covered button.

Happy-Birthday-card
Title: Happy Birthday card
Products used: Cardstock (Prism Prismatics)
Patterned Paper (Marks Paper Company English Garden, Lawn and Lavender)
Die Cut (Marks Paper Company English Garden)
Covered Button (Marks Paper Company English Garden)
Ink (Colorbox)
Rubberstamp (The Angel Company, Trendy Greetings)
Adhesive (Adhesive Tech, Permanent Bond Glue Runner)

The colors and patterns in the English Garden collection from Marks Paper Company were easy to work with and left me with projects that I will cherish for some time to come. The realistic textures in the patterns also gave my projects a lot of depth without the bulk.

Now I now know what all of the buzz is about Marks Paper Company and will be looking for more collections in the future!

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