Creative play with distress stain techniques and these tags are the result. One of the great things about this class is really getting into what things are made of that we are creating with and what properties they have. The class focuses on Ranger products, but I am able to go into my own supplies if I can't find what I am looking for in my local craft stores (and I am too impatient to wait for an online order!) I wasn't able to locate the Picket Fence (white) distress stain and so I went into my supplies and used the Mr. Huey's Calico White spray by Studio Calico. I still want to get my hands on the actual Ranger product, but the results I got with this substitution were great!
Another day of play with great techniques over at the Creative Chemistry class taught by Tim Holtz at Online Card Classes. I am not even going to admit how much time I have spent in the last few days at my craft store looking at and buying new supplies!
I am taking Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry online course over at Online Card Classes. One way to keep creativity brewing, is to take classes and try new techniques. I am always looking for lots of ways to immerse myself in this craft that I love so much.
Hi everyone! Today is the day that all of the stamp sets and products for the March release are revealed and everything will be available to purchase tonight, 10PM EST, at Papertrey Ink.
Here are my remaining projects for this March release...
Right away, when I saw Back Pocket Basics, I knew that I wanted to do a technique with Copic markers and the colorless blender fluid to achieve the denim look on the packet itself. I colored the whole pocket in the blue and then pressed a piece of denim fabric that I put colorless blender fluid onto - it doesn't need to be dripping wet, just damp, and just press it over the Copic colored area. The colorless blender fluid "lifts" the color and creates the fun denim texture look. You might try doing this with other fabrics and textured items to get different looks.
I embroidered the heart onto the pocket with embroidery floss and added a bit of twill ribbon to the side of the pocket for the tag.
I am excited that we now have a Tremendous Treats: Birthday and used the turtle image on this card. I colored him with Copics and then paper pieced the dots on his shell with the striped paper from the Simply Chartreuse patterned paper pack.
He is so sweet and perfect to have in my birthday card stash to grab and go when I need him!
Here's another birthday card using the Heart-2-Heart #2 set - although my card didn't end up including any hearts...! Before I die cut the Super Stars border die, I ran it through my Xyron machine so that it would have adhesive on the back. Then I used the little stars from the border to decorate the little die cut balloons.
The card turned out so sweet and fun and it could be given to just about anyone!
Not too many of the dads in my life are tie wearers, but I really like how this card turned out with the row of ties die cut from various colors of cardstock and then the pattern stamped on them with True Black ink.
Stamping Background Basics: Houndstooth on Pinefeather cardstock with True Black ink is going to be a new favorite go to for masculine cards - and possibly for a few other ideas I have in mind too... I liked how it looked so much that I used it again on this next card.
I think this is one of my favorite cards from this release - and the best part? I don't golf and no one close to me that I know golfs! I think it's the vintage look and feel of the card that has me taken.
I love the Classic Kraft stamped on the kraft cardstock and the color of the Smokey Shadow ink for the main image? Perfect. Pinefeather and True Black houndstooth really does finish it off just right.
Go to Nichole's blog to link up to all of the design team members blogs to see all of the projects that everyone created for the March release.
You can see supply lists for these projects and for all of the design team members projects over at the Papertrey Ink gallery. Make sure to stop by and chat at the online countdown party over at the forums as well!
Thank you so much, everyone, for a great countdown!
It's day 5 of the Papertrey Ink March release countdown. Today is the last day of sneak peek projects and it's also another gorup post day! Today we are all sharing projects that we created using the new Super Stars set. I also have one more card to share using my new Little Bitty Bird Additions set.
All of the new stamp sets and projects that I am sharing today will be available to purchase on March 15th (tomorrow), 10PM EST, at Papertrey Ink.
For my project I wanted to do a scrapbook page and so I sought out my Pinterest boards for some inspiration. I chose this layout that I had pinned from the Jenni Bowlin website:
I have a new nephew, Porter, who was born at the end of January and right away when I saw the "Twinkle, twinkle little star..." sentiment from the Super Stars set, I knew I wanted to use it on a page for him.
Instead of a butterfly at the top of the page in the original inspiration piece, I used stars that I die cut from some vintage dictionary pages. If you look at the star closely on the left (click to enlarge) you will see that I was able to actually include a snippet with Porter's name on it. I love little details like that :)
I stamped the sentiment on a part of a spiral notebook page die cut in white cardstock. There are so many fun little star images in the Super Stars set and I sprinkled those on the kraft background. The only color of ink that I used on this page is Smokey Shadow.
I stamped star images on the star die cuts as well and then added a little typed piece with Porter's birth stats. I can't wait to include this in a book of photos and scrapbook pages for Porter - I have a book started for his brother Gunnar as well! There is a lot of sewing machine stitching to secure everything down on the page.
And finally, here is one more card I have to share that uses the Little Bitty Bird Addtions set as well as the new Think Big Favorites #14 set.
I kept everything in a monochromatic kraft look and stamped the image of the bird on the birdbath, music notes, and sentiment all in Fresh Snow ink. I used a well inked pad to get impressions with good coverage.
I used Copic markers E43 and W1 to add some shading and to outline the images and sentiment.
Go to Nichole's blog to link up to all of the design team members projects that they created with the Super Stars set. Melissa and Lizzie will also have projects to share on their blogs created with their new sets.
Stop back tomorrow to see the rest of my projects for the March release. Thank you so much for stopping by today!
It's day 4 of the Papertrey Ink March release countdown. Today is a group post day and the whole design team is sharing projects created with the new 2012 Birthday Tags and By Invitation sets. I also have another project to share that uses my new Little Bitty Bird Additions and Framed Out #2 sets.
All of the new stamp sets and products that I am sharing today will be available to purchase on March 15th, 10PM, at Papertrey Ink.
My project took on an elegant, and a little bit vintage, look. Most of the time, birthday makes you think of bright and bold colors. That doesn't have to be the case. Looking at the little ensemble that I created, I can already envision Aqua Mist napkins and balloons to decorate for this party!
For the background on the kraft cardstock, I stamped an image from Giga Guide Lines. I chose the image that I stamped in the background because it is repeated in the Mat Stack #1 Collection image that I used. The solid star border in Aqua Mist is stitched to Smokey Shadow grosgrain ribbon. and runs across the card base. I used Smokey Shadow ink to stamp the background and all of the images on the tag elements, the Mat Stack image is stamped in Aqua Mist, and then I inked the edges of all of the pieces in Fine Linen ink.
I created the coordinating tag similar to the main image on the card, except I used just the cake tag image. The base of the tag is the new Tag Sale #6 die. I added the solid star border behind the tag image and over the mat image in Aqua Mist.
For the invitation, I used the By Invitation set stamped in Smokey Shadow ink and tucked into one of the new Card Base-ics dies that I die cut from kraft and also stamped with the Giga Guide Lines image stamped in Smokey Shadow. I added the star stitched on ribbon border across the bottom of the invitation to pull in the color from the card and tag set.
Next I have a project to share that uses both Little Bitty Bird Additions and Framed Out #2...
I am currently part of a book study with my church and with that we have some accountability/prayer partners. I wanted to make a little something for the girls that I am in a mini group with just to let them know that I am thinking of them during the week in between our group meeting nights. I made up little envelopes wit the seed packet die out of a patterned paper. I added their names on circle tags.
I cut a 2 1/2" circle from white cardstock and also from some of the kraft cardstock that I had printed with the Wrought Iron impression plate in Fresh Snow ink (you saw some of this in my post from a few days ago.) I then took the Framed Out #2 die and cut an opening into the kraft circle. The larger frame is stamped in Ocean Tides and the smaller in Raspberry Fizz - a color combination taken from the patterned paper. I stamped the names with the Simple Alphabet set in Smokey Shadow ink.
Inside the seed packet envelope, is a little prayer card. The bible verse on the card is from the Beautiful Blessings set. I added a border at the bottom of the card with a strip of the kraft paper printed with the Wrought Iron impression plate. I added a little bird (Little Bitty Bird) colored with the solid bird body and polka dot wing from the Little Bitty Bird Additions set.
You can also see how I closed up the little envelope. The button twine is secured under the circle tag on the front and then I simply tied the envelope shut on the back side with the twine. That way the envelope can be opened and closed easily.
I am sure that this won't be the last little prayer cards that I do, it certainly was fun to make them and think about the recipients that they went to as I put them together!
Make sure to stop by Nichole's blog where you can link up to all of the design team members projects created with 2012 Birthday Tags and By Invitation. Melissa and Lizzie will also have projects to share on their blogs created with their new sets.
I will see you tomorrow for the last day of the countdown. Thank you so much for stopping by today!
all supplies from Papertrey Ink unless noted
Elegant Damask Birthday Ensemble
stamps: 2012 Birthday Tags, By Invitation, Giga Guide Lines, Mat Stack #1 Collection
ink: Smokey Shadow, Aqua Mist, Fine Linen
cardstock: Rustic White, kraft, Smokey Shadow, Aqua Mist
other: Smokey Shadow grosgrain ribbon, Super Stars border die, Mat Stack 1 & Layerz dies, ticket border die, Card Base-isc die, Tag Sale #6 dies, 1 1/4" & 1 3/4" circle punches (EK Success), tiny attacher (Ranger), corner chomper (We R Memory Keepers), rope twine (Stampin' Up!)
Bird Prayer Cards & Envelopes
stamps: Little Bitty Bird, Little Bitty Bird Additions, Framed Out #2, Beautiful Blessings, Simple Alphabet
ink: Smokey Shadow, Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Raspberry Fizz, Fine Linen
cardstock: white, kraft, patterned paper (Little Yellow Bicycle)
other: Rustic Jute button twine, Framed Out #2 die, 2 1/2 circle Limitless Layers die, seed packet die, Little Bitty Bird die, Wrought Iron impression plate, corner chomper (We R Memory Keepers)