Reported by Tracy Schultz
Regardless, I got right to work. I selected two of the smaller printed papers for my first card. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the paper held up to distressing. It’s a nice heavy weight (not the heaviest I’ve felt, but a nice weight). Using my edge distressor, I scraped and filed the edges. The paper didn’t rip or tear, even when using a decent amount of pressure. Of course, if that’s your thing you could certainly rip and tear by hand.
Next, I used my Palette Noir ink to stamp directly onto one of the patterns. Even though the paper I selected was a dark green color, my black ink showed up exceptionally well. I tried using my Prismacolor Pencils to color in my image, but the paper was too dark for this. I was happy that my Sakura Gelly Roll and Glaze pens showed up well on the paper, though.
For my second card, I chose one of the larger floral patterns to showcase. To try and accomodate the larger pattern, my card base is 8.5″ wide by 4″ tall. Even with the larger size, I think the beauty of this design is somewhat lost on a card.
The English Garden Collection contains a sheet of die-cuts AND a pack of covered buttons (with pin backs!). Crafters- left me tell you how wonderful these die cuts are. I’m sure you can all relate to punching a shape out of a die-cut sheet only to be left with bumps along the edges that need to be snipped or sanded down. I don’t know how the geniuses at Marks did it, but when you punch a shape out of the die-cut sheet, you are left with absolutely NO bumps! The die-cuts on my card were applied to my card immediately after punching out!!! Talk about a time saver.
Another amazing thing about the die-cut sheet is that it’s double sided. The front of the sheet contains the die-cut images, while the back of the sheet has a subtle blue print on it. You can crimp and curl those die-cuts as much as you want and not have to worry about having white backsides showing on your project.
- Paper is a nice heavy weight
- Nice mix of large and small patterns for scrappers
- Double-sided die-cut sheets leave no bumps along edge after punching out
- Large patterns don’t render well for cardmakers
- Die-cut sheet is thinner than paper; die-cuts fall off easily with handling
- Vintage designs might not be your style
- Since this is a newer company, it may be harder to find online or locally
Despite my raving about the die-cut sheet, I did find that with handling, the shapes have a tendency to fall off the sheet more easily than compared to other manufacturers. And the paper the die-cuts are printed on is a bit thinner than the double-sided paper in the collection.
I’d like to see more smaller-scaled prints for cardmakers included in future collections, and a sturdier weight die-cut sheet.
You can find Marks Paper Company collections at Scrapfreak, Hope Stamps Eternal, and Mothers & Daughters Creations. The double-sided paper retails for $0.90 per sheet and the die-cuts and buttons for $2.50 each.
Giveaway! Stacy at Marks Paper Company has agreed to send an English Garden collection to one of our readers from the USA. Leave a comment on any of the Vendor Spotlight: Marks Paper Company posts to be entered. Contest ends Friday night at midnight, winner will be announced on Saturday, July 11, 2009.