Thursday, October 14, 2010

Laurel Punch Around the Page - Card #1


This is the first card I made with the Martha Stewart Laurel Punch Around the Page set.  As I mentioned yesterday, there is a clear stamp set from Martha Stewart which also features a laurel motif and I used it for the sentiment on this card.


Here is a close view of the image I used.  The laurel wreath has an opening where you can insert various symbols or sentiments and I chose the "thank you" sentiment for this card. (everyone can use thank you cards!).


I made a 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch square and punched all of the edges as I showed in yesterday's post.  Then I stamped the image on the punched cardstock with Versamark ink.  I used Zing embossing powder in metallic gold.  In the image above you can see the before and after - there is a wonderful transformation as the dull gold powder turns glossy and shimmery.


I used a "helper" piece of cardstock to keep my fingers from getting burnt while embossing the small medallion.  It is just a long scrap that I adhered to the back of the punched cardstock square.


I chose a deep burgundy card base and added a 5 1/4 x 4 inch mat in the same ivory cardstock as the medallion.  The top layer is metallic gold and is from the Gold-Silver Elegant 24 sheet paper stack from Martha Stewart.  I was careful to cut this layer so the thin gold design would be symmetrical from side to side on the card.


The medallion is raised up slightly with foam squares so it floats above the card top.


This card is very simple but very elegant and it really shows off the lovely edges created by the punches.

If you would like to win a Martha Stewart Laurel Punch Around the Page set for your crafting please go to THIS POST and read all of the details on how you can win this set.  Comments must be left on the original post for the giveaway but please leave comments about this card here.

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43 comments:

  1. I saw this punch this weekend and now wish I had picked one up. Thanks for the great demo, I've printed it off for the future!hallsontop@aol.com

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  2. I've seen these punch sets but thought they were too complicated to use. Thanks to your tutorial, it does not seem nearly as intimidating! I have a bunch of her halloween punches that I used on Halloween cards. My favorite is the Drippy Goo, sooo cool!
    I love your blog and check it every day. You make everything look so easy!
    God Bless.
    Donna (graveld@yahoo.com)

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  3. Your card IS very elegant. It would be a perfect card for any occasion. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Hugs, dj

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  4. Thanks for the inspiration. Lovely crisp card.

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  5. Very pretty card. I really like the gold and burgundy together.

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  6. Like the way the punch came out. Really like your color combo also. Thanks for sharing.

    http://iwycd.blogspot.com/

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  7. Beautiful card...I think this stamp set and punch are so elegant. Love the background!!!

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  8. OOh gorgeous! Makes me want the set even more! xxD

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  9. Wow...this is beautiful. Now I wish I would have picked this punch up when I was at Michael's last week. Darn.

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  10. I love elegant cards like this. Nice!

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  11. Diane I just love this card, I don't comment alot but I follow you everyday. I love the projects you do and the pictures you post of the places you go. Judy

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  12. WOW... I don't own a Martha punch so this is all new to me. Looks like the punches are really useful. I'd love to win one! Smiling...

    I follow you closely although I don't usually comment... thanks for all you.

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  13. oh my gosh that is beautiful.

    chris
    mcwooten1999@carolina.rr.com

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  14. This is such a classy card! I love what you've done with those punches.

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  15. Very pretty, this was almost how I pictured your sneak peak, lol! Very elegant!

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  16. Diane! I love this card! I knew you would do something gorgeous with those stamps! I love the stamps with the border punch together! Wow!!
    Big Hugs!
    Lisa

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  17. Stunning card, Diane. I may have to go back to Michaels to get this set....

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  18. I do not have any YET, mainly because I cannot make a decision. I love all the Arches but I think at this moment my favorite is the Gothic Arches. Aside from the Arches I like the Laurel(I am obsessed with leaves and fall), Butterfly, Scallop 3 Dot and Large Bats. Too hard to pick one fav.

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  19. This is beautiful! I love the embossing! I am loving that punch with the stamp EVEN MORE!!! diane@weismanfamily.net

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  20. simple elegance! I love it... looking forward to the rest of the samples made with my new punch set!!! lol

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  21. Your cards are simply stunning. I love those PATP sets. Must wait for a coupon though unless I win one of the sets you're offering.lol Thanks for sharing.
    Veronica
    vballen@comcast.net

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  22. This is such an elegant card. I too have this same stamp set and Must have this punch set because they complement each other so. As always you insipre me with your designs.

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  23. This is a beautiful card! I have this paper pack already and have been waiting for the opportunity to use it. Thanks to your inspiration, I now have some ideas! Love the punches and stamps too! They coordinate perfectly.

    lucyblueeyz at yahoo dot com

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  24. I am so glad to have someone fully explain how to use these stamps, guess now I need to pull out my instructions now.

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  25. your card IS elegant looking!!!! the pics and how you explain it was perfect!!!!!

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  26. Elegant card! Love the color combination.

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  27. beautiful as always, I am gone to the east coast without a computer, can't wait to be back and see all your projects.

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  28. Diane,this is simply stunning. Would really be happy with this set. It will be perfect for 50th anniversary cards which I make for many friends -- AND for invitations to our own gathering next year!

    Many thanks!

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  29. This is really pretty - love the colors too! I don't use that mustardy yellow much, but it is very elegant on this card. TFS!
    JeanH

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  30. Very elegant and sophisticated card. TFS

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  31. Such a beautiful card. Simply elegant.
    SusanJ in Atlanta

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  32. Mary - Biker GrannyOctober 15, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Beautiful and elegant card; thanks for sharing!
    info@happypaws-pet.com

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  33. This is such a beautiful card. Because of its elegance it could be used for so many occasions. Thank you for sharing.

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  34. I love Martha Steward punches...they are crisp and exciting and many things can be done nwith them.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Sherri
    Katy,TX

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  35. I like it so much better with the stamp used inside. Great card now.

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  36. Great to see what you've done with your sample! Love the richness of the burgandy with the gold.

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  37. Lady Di,
    This card is simply marvelous. I love the look. Very clean and elegant.

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  38. I can't tell you how much you've taught me since I found your website a couple of weeks ago and started subscribing to your blogspot! This punch demo really makes sense and makes me want to use the few punches I own more often. Thanks for ALL of your help in showing how to use the cartridges, software, etc. I really need it!

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  39. This is truly elegant, love the fact that you can get stamps to compliment the punches.
    Kim xXx

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