Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Fresh Face of Echo Park

Crisp, clean, colorful and how I'd describe the style of the relatively new company called Echo Park Paper Company.  I've admired every single line they've come out with and knew when I saw the Summer Days line that I had to have some fun with it!

Using the carnival inspiration of the paper called Scene from the Summer Days collection, I paired it with a Ferris Wheel from Lawn Fawn's new stamp set, Admit One, to create this ode to the county fair.  I stamped and colored the Ferris Wheel twice using my Copic markers, then cut the circular wheel out and mounted both with foam tape for a 3D effect.  With a bit of their Rainbow paper and pink polka dotted ribbon to add some horizontal balance toward the bottom, I finished off this A2 card (4.25" wide x 5.5" tall) with the sentiment "You Make My World Go Round".   I couldn't get enough of the fun patterns this collection offered, so I went ahead and decked out the interior of the card with the swirly goodness of the flipside of Scene and then two tickets created with another image from Admit One.  I added "Happy" and "Anniversary" to the tickets -- perfect!
Polka dots make me smile so I had to use the yellow & white side of Rainbow for a card I hope to give my sister very soon.  She got laid off a few weeks ago and is doing her best to find another.  I know she'll appreciate the bright and cheerful Echo Park patterns here.  The office-themed sets from Lawn Fawn called Just My Type and Just My Type, Too lent themselves nicely to this card, especially the old fashioned typewriter with its "good luck" banner.  Another A2 (5.5" wide x 4.25" tall) card, this time set horizontally, holds the nifty little glassine bag with a couple Tiny Attacher staples, Charcoal Black Baker's Twine and a big red button.  The glassine bag contains the tag that says "On your new job" with a push pin topper or pull.  The sentiment was created using words from Just My Type, Too and Harold's ABCs.  A little Distress Ink along the edges gives it the well worn look I like.  Inside it simply says "congrats".

I consider the last card I made completely different -- less bright and cheery and more vintage sophisticate (if that's even a term).  This 5.5" square card of kraft paper holds a nice chunk of Fabric Store from the For The Record collection.  I took crafty to the next level and sewed both straight and zig zag stitches along the edge of the paper, then added a strip of old newsprint patterned paper from the same collection slightly below the center line and zig zag stitched a line along its bottom and the top of a strip of crocheted lace.  I thought this really brought the Grandma out in the card!  For a big pop of dimension I made a chunky 3D flower using another pattern from the For The Record line that reminded me of a quilt.  A faux suede leaf, some tiny red rhinestones and a custom printed banner that reads "A stitch in time..." finishes off the front of this card.

Inside is pretty simple with a custom printed sentiment, "It's been a while...How are you?" along with another coordinating strip from the collection and three more tiny red rhinestones.  Simply put and simply lovely, if I do say so myself.
So, this wraps up my Fresh Face fashion show for Echo Park Paper Company.  My fingers are crossed that they shine brightly enough to attract the company to consider me as a "Fresh Face" designer!  And, you should stay tuned for your chance to pick up Echo Park's very newest collection kit, Country Drive.  It arrives at Paper Made Bakery later this week!  Can you say whoo hoo?!

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1 comment:

  1. These cards are 100% adorable! Love them Shannon!! Happy 4th to you!