march papertrey release projects
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to die for tips & tricks!

It's the beginning of the month and so that means it's time for the Papertrey Ink senior design team challenge! We all have been very excited about the new Papertrey dies and impression plates. For this month's challenge we all created projects using them and between all of us I am sure that you will get lots of tips, tricks, and ideas for using the new dies and impression plates on your next project. I think that I might go through and take notes to keep down by my stamping desk!

One of the ideas that I had for the dies was to see if I could die cut through the ribbons.


I started by adhering down ribbon strips onto a piece of cardstock.


And then sent it through my die cut machine with the egg die(I use a Cuttlebug by Provocraft.) As you can see, the dies almost cut all the way through the ribbons and cardstock. It did cut enough that it was easy to use my paper snips to easily trim the shape the rest of the way. Even though it didn't go through in one shot, the effect of the ribbon stripes on the egg shapes was worth it to me. Fabric is tough and so I am very pleased with the results I got. You could definitely repeat this technique with strips of paper or cardstock and then the die will cut all the way through.


For my background, I ran the Tin Types impression plate through my machine with kraft cardstock. Because the plate impresses the design down into the cardstock, you can easily brayer ink onto the cardstock piece for a very cool, distressed look since the ink stays mainly on the raised surface of the cardstock. And what other color is perfect on kraft cardstock than Fresh Snow ink ;)


Here is my finished card. I stitched on a few buttons to the eggs before attaching them to the card front.


I am loving all of the textural elements on this card.


Right now, this is how I am storing my Papertrey Ink dies and plates. I had a binder laying around that I put baseball card protector sheets into and then am storing the larger dies and plates in the side pockets. I keep the binder in my "die cut" drawer right at my workspace. This storage solution is temporary for me right now. Because the baseball card sheets are open at the top, the dies do slip out pretty easily. I am on the lookout for something a little more secure and easy to travel with if I need to. For now, this works!

Check out the other senior design team members blogs for more inspiration, tips & tricks for using your dies and impression plates: Nichole, Dawn, Michelle, Lisa, Betsy, and our guest designer Kelly Purkey!

Happy April!

Ribbon Eggs Card

stamps: Egg Hunt (Papertrey Ink)

ink: True Black, Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink)

cardstock: kraft, Spring Moss (Papertrey Ink)

other: various ribbons & vintage mix buttons in Sweet Blush, Lemon Tart, Spring Moss & Aqua Mist, Rustic Jute button twine, egg die, tin types impression plate, medium scallop die (Papertrey Ink), brayer (Speedball), pinking shears, dimensionals