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papertrey ink january release in review


You are in for an extra special treat today, because today the Papertrey Ink design team has a big bunch of inspiration to share from the January release products. You might have noticed that we didn't have as much to share during release week. Instead, we are spreading out the inspiration through the month for you to enjoy.


First up is this card duo that I created with the gorgeous Gathered Garden set. I can't resist doing a watercolor look with a floral set like this!


For this card, I stamped a bunch of flowers across the bottom of the watercolor paper. To get the watercolor look, I spritzed the inked stamped with some water before stamping on the paper. That allows the ink colors to blend and flow and look like I watercolored each individual flower.


I added the sentiment in True Black ink above the flowers and then framed it a bit with the frame image stamped in Classic Kraft ink from the Gathered Garden set.


If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this stamped image already. It's my second go around since right when I was finished up with the first wreath, I dropped my Cocoa Bean ink pad right on top of it. Grr. I restamped the wreath again and actually made a few changes that I had thought about while creating the wreath the first time. I think it turned out even better the second time.


The wreath was very easy to stamp - I didn't even draw a circle to guide me as the stems and leaves in the set were curved just perfectly. The "grateful for you" sentiment is from the Banner Style set. I stamped the sentiment once by inking and spritzing it with some water, letting it dry and then stamping the sentiment once more just inked so that it would stand out just a bit.


I love how both of these cards with the Gathered Garden set turned out so much. This will be a set I reach for again and again for sure!


This card is created with the Boho Rounds stand I just had to do a little emboss resist - one of my very favorite techniques. First, on watercolor paper, I stamped the sentiment in a waterproof black ink. Then I stamped the round images with Versamark ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder.


I watercolored the images with Dark Indigo ink. First I went over the images with a lighter wash (more water mixed with the ink) and then went back and added the details with the darker, more saturated ink color. A few sequins and a strip of patterned paper were the perfect finishing touches for this card.


Once I get going with the emboss resist technique, it's hard to stop! I pulled out the What the Doodle: Paisley set next. I stamped the paisley designs from the set randomly all over a piece of watercolor paper with Versamark ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder.


Then I used Honey Nut ink to add color all over the paper and around the images. I think Honey Nut is climbing to the top of my list of favorite ink colors. I love that golden tone.

The sentiment on the card is from the Big Hugs set and coordinating dies. I die cut the "hugs" word from white cardstock and added the rest of the sentiment on a strip of True Black cardstock embossed in white.


I am still embossing for this next card using the new Medallion Trio set. I stamped the medallion images onto kraft cardstock and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I added the ink color: Dark Indigo, Tropical Teal, and Royal Velvet with ink blenders.


To get speckled look on the ink color, I spattered some water from my watercolor brush over the image and then dried it with my heat tool. So simple, but it's such a cool effect!

The sentiment is from the new Keep it Simple: Retirement set and I stamped it in True Black on the stitched banner die cut from the Tag Sale: Quilted die set.


This next card has a pretty clean and simple look using the new Splits: Hello There set.


I stamped the line image from the set down the side of the kraft cardstock using Dark Indigo, Honey Nut, Olive Twist, and Fresh Snow ink. The sentiment is stamped in Fresh Snow ink, tucked right between the stripes.


And finally, I added to Tacy's Dress Up Doll set with the new Dress Up Dolls: Birthday set and coordinating dies. This is the final outfit for her set and I really think I need to lay all of them out to get a good look at all of the outfits that I added throughout the year. She is going to love playing with this!


I colored the outfits with colored pencils and then blended with some Gamsol on an adhesive sheet. I die cut the outfits from the adhesive sheet and attached them to die cut pieces from a magnetic sheet.

Go to Nichole's blog to link up to the whole design team to see the rest of the inspiration that they have to share for the January release. You can find the supply lists for these and all of the projects for the January release over in the Papertrey Ink gallery.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Very soon, it will be time to share new things for the February release as well as the 10th anniversary celebration at Papertrey Ink! I can't wait!