Good morning! Today, I have three cards to share with you...and a fun giveaway!! :-)
Several weeks ago I was contacted by Bazzill. They have just released a new line of cardstock specifically geared towards cardmakers! They were wondering if I would like to try it out, share my thoughts with all of you, and give a pack of their new cardstock away to one of you! Well, I am always in the market for some quality cardstock so I told them I would love to!
What I look for in cardstock is the weight (I don't like flimsy cardstock...it just doesn't hold up), solid color and core (I don't like "grainy" color), and cardstock that creases and folds smoothly without tearing or fraying.
I created three cards with the new carestock and I thought I would share my thoughts about it as I share the projects with you (very similar to how I thought them as I was playing stamping). :-)
For my first card, I used the new Sour Lemon, Licorice Twist, & Butter Mints Bazzill colors paired with the Ovals Classic Frames and Compact Sentiments sets from Waltzingmouse Stamps. I love how the cardstock is smooth and stamps so nicely (I stamped a subtle leafy pattern on the scalloped yellow layers). The focal images are embossed and I sponged around each layer with my Pumice Stone Distress Ink for some added depth.
On my second card, I used Whirlypop, Easter Grass, Peanut Cluster, & Licorice Twist Bazzill cardstock combined with the Bloom & Grow set, Great Friend set, & Elegant Leaves die (all from Verve Stamps). I really like the bright yet trendy cardstock colors! It was fun sorting through the pack and trying out new (to me, anyway) color combinations! That is exactly how I came up with this card! :-)
The flowers are all embossed using black embossing powder. I added some white dots (using my Picket Fence Distress Marker) on the background to brighten things up a bit.
For my third card, I started with a Marshmallow base (a smooth white cardstock) and then added punched out hearts in the following Bazzill colors: Sour Lemon, Cotton Candy, Robin's Egg, & Gumball. I kept the design clean and simple only adding some matching rhinestones and a stamped sentiment (from Half Pint Heroines set from Waltzingmouse Stamps). Oh, and I added a tiny bit of white stitching to ground the hearts a bit.
I really, really liked how the cardstock folded smoothly. One of my stamping pet peeves is to have my cardstock tear or fray when I fold it in half. I do use my Scor-Pal to score the cardstock before folding it but this does not always solve the problem. I was VERY impressed with how clean each of the folds on Bazzill's new cardstock were! Yay!!
With its 100 lb heavy weight, solid color and core, and crisp folding...I will definitely be using this cardstock more and more! Yep, I'm a fan! :-)
Sooooo, do you want a chance to win a package of this new cardstock? One lucky commenter will receive a package of 56 sheets of cardstock (2 each of the colors below).
Just leave a comment here on this post telling me what you look for in cardstock! That's it! Make sure to leave your comment by Sunday (5/27) at 9 pm Mountain Time. I will post the winner here Monday morning! :-)
Thanks for stopping by! ~Laurie