Hi there! I'm back with more projects using Papertrey Ink's brand new April release! The sets being highlighted today are Initial Sentiments: Birthday, Ways to Say: Birthday, Flower Mandalas II die collection, Kay's Critters: Cuddly Cat die collection.
My first card features the new Initial Sentiments: Birthday set, illustrated by Nichole Heady. My favorite thing about this set is that there are images and sentiments that are perfect for any gender or age group!
I stamped one of the sentiments from the Initial Sentiments: Birthday set onto a die cut balloon (I used one of the dies from the Shaker Shapes: Balloons die set) and embossed one on a banner (from the Tag Sale: Quilted die set). I layered these on top of a bookmark that I die cut using the Basic Bookmark 2 die. I layered several pieces of patterned paper underneath. For embellishments, I scattered a few die cut stars (from the Small Sketched Stars die set), some enamel dots, and a bit of ribbon and string.
Before adhering my layers together, I stamped the small star image (also from the Initial Sentiments: Birthday set) all over the bookmark using Soft Stone ink.
My next card features the new Flower Mandalas II die collection by Kay Miller. Oh my goodness, these dies were so much fun to play with! I just love the fact that Kay included six of many of the smaller die cuts making it much easier to create layered creations! Instead of six passes through the die machine, you can die cut all six needed shapes in one go!
For the background, I used one of the stencils from Betsy's new Make It Market: Lovely Lace Mini Kit and some white ink. The card base and kraft layer were die cut using the Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical die set. I stamped the sentiment (from the new Pen & Ink stamp set) using True Black ink. I embellished with some rhinestones and string.
For this card, I started by creating a watercolor wash on for the background. After the paint was dry, I splattered on some navy watercolor paint.
I stamped and die cut a couple of flowers and leaves from the new Gran's Garden stamp set and coordinating Gran's Garden die set. For the sentiment, I die cut the banner (from the Tag Sale: Quilted die set) and stamped one of the sentiments from the Ways to Say: Birthday set using Dark Indigo ink. I am really loving the new Ways to Say series! I am often needing a long, horizontal stamp to fill either tags of open spaces and this new series is perfect for that!
My final card today features the new Kay's Critters: Cuddly Cat by Kay Miller. I am SO excited about this new die series!! Not only is this cat so cute (and that is coming from a total dog person (((grin)))) but as per Kay's usual style, there are so many different ways to personalize it!
I used the flower die to create a die cut floral background. The super cute tag is from Dawn's new Made With Love Tags 2 die set. I used some of the patterned vellum (from the MIM: Lovely Lace Mini Kit) for the top tag layer.
I created my own gray color (for the sentiment) by first stamping in Smokey Shadow and then in Soft Stone. I wanted the sentiment to show up more than just the Soft Stone color and the Smokey Shadow is too dark and would overpower the pastel feel of the card.
Make sure you head on over to Nichole's blog! She will have a list of everyone that is sharing today!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!