The Eastern Palace Suite offers so many creative opportunities for you in your cardmaking and other papercrafting projects. I got the idea for this Eastern Palace Medallion Blue and Gold Card from another Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator that I saw online and just changed the paper and the greeting a little bit. This card uses a lot of elements that are in the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle. This Bundle may seem expensive, but you get all the pieces in the Suite PLUS a free gift of the new THICK Very Vanilla cardstock and envelopes. You will get three of the new ink and cardstock In Colors as well – Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, and Tranquil Tide. Besides the coordinating stamp set, Eastern Beauty, you get the cute Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers and Mini Tassels Assortment. The stickers are not your ordinary stickers – they are heavy duty and die cut pretty closely to the design so you have less of the excess border. Really nice, and so pretty to add to your card.
The card is actually made with Very Vanilla cardstock as the base, with the fold at the top and then a layer cut 5 1/2″ x 4″. The designer paper is a piece with gold foil in the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper. When you see the word “Specialty” within the title of designer paper, that means there are probably two sheets in the package with gold foil or some special coating or design. Those two sheets are usually not double-sided like the other sheets. Beside the strip of blue & gold designer paper I added a strip of the gold vinyl stickers. The ribbon is the Gold 1/4″ Natural Trim which goes perfectly with this Suite and the tassel is tied on with a piece of the Gold 1/8″ Ribbon. This ribbon has been around for years and is so useful! It also comes in Silver.
The medallion on the front of the card is die cut with the beautiful Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies after being stamped with a matching image in the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set. For the medallion center, I placed a gold sticker on a piece of Very Vanilla scrap and punched with a 1/2″ Circle Punch and then adhered to the medallion center. The greeting and other little decorations around the medallion are also in the stamp set. I love that greeting to add to many cards!