Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Masculine Toile

Toile, the subtly elegant printing technique that tells stories in engraving-like detail, traveled a fascinating history of its own to become the enduring favorite of designers, decorators and homeowners everywhere.

Toile, pronounced twal, is an abbreviation of toile de Jouy. The name comes from Jouy-en-Josas, France, where the first plant to commercially produce this type of printing was established in 1760. The initial toile was a monotone, one-color print, rendered in intricate, engraving-like detail on a white or cream-colored background.

I have always been a huge fan of toile patterns. This particular toile pattern paper by Carolee Creations caught my eye because it was not the typical toile that you see in black and white. It makes a wonderful masculine card.

Stamps: Stampin' Up Carte Postale
Paper: Carolee's Creations Aqua Toile & Stampin' Up Bravo Burgundy
Ink: Stampin' Up Bravo Burgundy
Accessories: May Arts ribbon, Stampin' Up word window punch, hole punch & vintage finish safety pin


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