Reported By Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
You’ve probably never heard of Sultane. But, by the time you finish reading this article, I guarantee you’re going to want some!
Sultane is a brand new French paper manufacturer. They have come out with two releases so far. Both releases are of beautiful, thick, double-sided paper. All of the paper comes in two sizes, the 12×12 that we are used to here in the U.S. and a smaller 7.5×12 size and is sold together in a collection. As the website says (rough translations from the French) Sultane’s paper, “was born of a simple idea: offer quality paper with high weight and of the highest quality. A pack to offer more for the same price!”
Personally, I think that their designs are fresh and innovative. I love the colors and I know I’m going to overuse this word, but the quality is amazing. It’s almost cardstock weight, but with a more glossy and flexible finish. The paper cuts beautifully (a big plus for anyone using a die cut machine or punches) without any of the usual hairy pulp edges. And, I really like that the paper is double-sided. It makes it easy to use for mini-books, cards or altered items – where both sides may show – and allows me many more options while scrapping.
Sultane’s first collection is called “Duo Deco” and consists of bright colors and bold patterns. I particularly like the undulating tone on tone colors in some of the papers. Here are some layouts I created with this collection:
Sultane’s second collection (to be released this month) is called “I Dream of Flowers.” It is a lovely and romantic, monochromatic collection of reddish browns and pinks. Here are some layouts I created with this collection:
Because I am on the design team for Sultane, I have a little treat for you! You can win some of their fabulous paper simply by leaving a comment here at Craft Critique. Tell me what you like about Sultane (and be sure to include your e-mail). I’ll be posting a randomly drawn winner on my blog: Balzer Designs next Wednesday (February 13, just in time for Valentine’s Day).
If you are interested in purchasing some Sultane for yourself, you can do so through many online retailers. A complete list can be found here.