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introducing red, white & blue and the star spangled impression plate

Welcome to day 2 of the Papertrey Ink May release countdown! Today I am sharing my new Red, White & Blue stamp set and Star Spangled impression plate. Did you bring your sparklers?

All of the new stamp sets and product that I am sharing today will be available to purchase on May 15th, 10PM ET, at Papertrey Ink.


I have a trio of festive and patriotic themed cards to share today that I created with the Red, White & Blue set. I don't know about you, but this theme puts me right in the mood for summer.


Here's a look at the new Star Spangled impression plate. The stars are reversed so that when you run the plate through your die cutting machine, the stars will pop up instead of being pressed in. A little spritz of water on your cardstock before doing the impression really helps the stars look sharp. I also ran some aluminum tape through with the impression plate and I am really liking how that turned out. (for more on using aluminum tape with impression plates, you can see my Make it Monday video tutorial here.) The Star Spangled impression plate retails for $16.


For this first card, I used the circular element to create a background with Fine Linen ink and then I added the fire crackers in with Pure Poppy and Enchanted Evening inks.


I think "oh snap!" is probably my favorite in the set and it's perfect with the fire crackers!


Next is a card that is ready to celebrate with the firework images from the set. I stamped the larger firework in Pure Poppy and then added the little stars from the Star Gazer die collection that I cut from Night Sky shimmer cardstock - it's like they were make to perfectly coordinate with the Red, White & Blue set!


For the main sentiment in the center, I stamped one of the circle elements in Fine Linen ink and then stamped the sentiment in the center with Enchanted Evening ink.


Here's the card that I used the star impressed aluminum tape with. I attached the tape at an angle and then used the smaller firework image to stamp a border on each side of the tape. If you look close, you can see a little "boom" sentiment that is stamped in Soft Stone along the edge of the tape as well.


The circle element is sized so you can punch or die cut it with a 1 3/4" circle and have a full bleed to the edge. I did that here with the circle element stamped with Pure Poppy ink.

Be sure to stop by Nichole's blog to see more new things for this month's release. Cristina is sharing the new Zipper Border die on her blog. Stamp designers with new sets this month will be sharing peeks on their blogs too: DawnMelissa, and Maile.

Thank you for stopping by today & I will see you tomorrow with more!


all supplies from Papertrey Ink unless noted

Oh Snap! Card

size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

stamps: Red, White & Blue

ink: True Black, Fine Linen, Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening

cardstock: white, kraft, Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky, Pure Poppy

other: Star Spangled impression plate, 1 1/8" circle punch (EK Success), square punch (EK Success)

4th of July Fireworks Card

size: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

stamps: Red, White & Blue, Background Basics: Chevron Stripes

ink: Fine Linen, Fresh Snow, Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening

cardstock: Rustic Cream, kraft, Night Sky shimmer

other: Star Gazer dies, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

Red, White & Blue Card

size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

stamps: Red, White & Blue

ink: True Black, Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening, Soft Stone

cardstock: white, Pure Poppy, Enchanted Evening

other: Star Spangled impression plate, 1 1/8" & 1 3/4" circle punch (EK Success), aluminum tape (hardware store)