Saturday, February 4, 2012
Just received my latest order from Papertrey Ink, and amongst my small bounty was one of the newest stamp sets called Simply Jane. It is a novel set (pun possibly intended) created around some of the more memorable quotations and images inspired by Jane Austen. Although I am not a complete philistine, I do know of Jane Austen and am most certainly aware of the impact this famed British novelist has had on early romantic fiction, but I cannot say that I am a fan of hers specifically. However, I do adore quality period dramas of both the literary and cinematic kind, absolutely, giving this set further appeal. I think perhaps Jane Austen may have just eluded my quasi-philistine sensibility (I did admit that I wasn't a complete philistine which lays claim to being at least part) in terms of making me a devotee. When I saw that Papertrey Ink was releasing this set, I was attracted to the romanticized images almost straight away despite my low brow roots.
After readying my Simply Jane set for action, I set out to create a card for this week's The Play Date Cafe. This week brings the most delightfully romantic collection of colors: Robin Egg Blue, Lilac, and Bisque. I couldn't think of a better stamp set to use, in fact, with such an idyllic trio of colors.
Along with a couple of dies from the Simply Jane Set, I used the largest Spellbinder's Lattice Rectangle from the set of the same name. The lattice rectangle die cut's outer edges were only distressed inked a bit and upturned, then stamped on the inner corners with my favorite Hero Arts Cling Stamp called Old Letter. This stamp has the most ideal sized script writing (some text sets I find to have such microscopic writing) coupled with a few fun postmarks thrown in for good measure. This stamp may be the first that I have ever risked using to death, as I feel it soon may give up the Ghost. Perhaps I should order another? The other notable inclusion on this card was the Amuse ink in Wheat for the cameo. In person, when stamped, it is the most perfect antique ivory in color, but unfortunately though, natural daylight wasn't playing very nicely with me, but still playing nonetheless, when I photographed my card. I dare say, the subtle beauty of this fine pigment ink may be missed. Pity.
Oh well, I must dash. I am off to a new (well, new to me that is) craft fair tomorrow and need to gather a few things more in order to put my best foot forward. I wonder if this card will sell?
Looking forward to seeing you anon.