Welcome to the first day of the countdown for the March release at Papertrey Ink! I am excited to share with you today the second set of the Fillable Frame Series (you can see the first set here.) This set is a part of a series of 12 frame sets that will be introduced once a month. The frames have a great little feature to them: they are open in the middle which allows you to place the coordinating sentiments inside the frame how you want it and stamp the sentiment and frame at the same time. You can definitely use the frame and sentiments on their own as well and all of the sentiments will be able to be used with all of the frames coming out in the coming year. The set retails for only $5 and is a great way to build your collection of basic frames and sentiments to use on your projects. The coordinating die cut will retail for $6 and it opens up even more possibilities for your Fillable Frames #2 set! Both the set and die cut will be available for sale on the 15th at Papertrey Ink.
Today I have a simple card to share with you. I know there have been conversations on the forums recently regarding making simple card designs. For me, to keep a card simple, is to know when to stop adding things, limiting supplies, use basic design elements, and having a twist or detail in your design that makes it stand out. I like to browse at cards available for sale at stores for simple card ideas - there are not too many cards available at retail stores that are heavy on the embellishments and layering.
The twist for this card is to use the die cut to make a window on the front of the card. I use a Cuttlebug for my die cuts and you can send the 5 1/5" height of a card through the machine. I folded my cardstock so that I could center the die on the card front.
After the window was cut, I stamped the frame & sentiment in Smokey Shadow through the window. I stamped the polka dot background in Fresh Snow onto the card front with a piece of scratch paper in the card so that I wouldn't stamp over my design on the inside of the card through the window. You could always stamp the background on the card front before you die cut it as well!
After adding the stamped flowers from the new Beautiful Blooms II set and inking the edges with Fresh Snow ink my card is done. I thought about adding ribbon or a button, but it was time to stop to keep the simple design. I used a basic design element by stamping the flowers across the card in a diagonal line. This keeps your eye moving across the card design, which is a good thing. I also kept the sentiment as a focal point on the card. It stands out just right so that you know that it is the focal point.
Here's a peek at the inside of the card.
I am loving the window idea for the Fillable Frame sets and it is going to be something fun to try with each frame and get a new look with each set.
There are more sneak peeks going on for this first countdown day! Nichole and Betsy will be showcasing the Beautiful Blooms II and Melissa's Background Basics: Botanical sets today. Becky will have a peek of her debut set at Papertrey Ink. Dawn and Beth will have peeks of their new sets coming out this month as well!
Stop back here tomorrow for a peek at something else that I have making its debut this month! Thank you for stopping by today!
Framed Window Card
stamps: Fillable Frames #2, Polka Dot Basics II, Beautiful Blooms II (Papertrey Ink)
ink: Smokey Shadow, Fresh Snow, Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey Ink)
cardstock: kraft (Papertrey Ink)
other: Fillable Frames #2 die (Papertrey Ink)