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Papertrey April release

Papertrey countdown sneak peek!

This month, I am so in love with the sets that are being released - of course, I probably say that every month... What can be better that being so excited about something, especially when it relates to a hobby that I love!

Taylor shared a little sneek peek of the apprentice set, Father Knows Best, yesterday, and I love the set so much I am going to show you a little more today! I used the solid version of the leafy tree and did a little emboss resist with it.

One thing to keep in mind is that you can use your background paper as part of your stamped design when you use this technique. I used the clear embossing powder on the Spring Moss cardstock so that I could use the green color of the cardstock for the leaves.


Then, I used a sponge dauber to add a darker shade of green over the top of the embossed leaves. The dark green ink will resist where the embossed leaves are.


Use a paper towel or tissue to wipe away the excess ink from the embossed leaves. Using the 2 shades of green adds depth to the tree.


Then add the trunk of the tree (so easy to line up)...


I am making this a pocket style card. I trimmed about an inch from side edge of the top flap of the card and then used a circle punch to make a notch. I sewed the top and bottom edges of the card with my sewing machine - you will see this on the card in a little bit. The polka dots on the kraft colored paper are from the Polka Dot Basics set.


I used a distressor to rough up the edges on my main image piece for my card...


Here is the simple card to slide into the pocket (I will add my own message to this card later)...


And the finished pocket card...


A tree image like this is one I have been wanting to have for along time. I can see using this tree for so much more than just a Father's Day card.

Make sure you check Nichole's blog for more sneak peeks if you haven't already! See you at the release party!

Father's Day Tree pocket card


stamps: Father Knows Best, Polka Dot Basics (Papertrey Ink)

ink: Versamark (Tsukineko), Jet Black Archival (Ranger), Whisper White, Always Artichoke & Chocolate Chip craft (Stampin' Up!)

cardstock: Spring Moss (Papertrey Ink), Always Artichoke, kraft (Stampin' Up!)

accessories: clear embossing powder, heat tool, sponge dauber, paper towel, distressor (Tonic), 1" circle punch & corner rounder (EK Success), sewing machine/thread, dimensionals