Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Papertrey Ink April Release - Text & Texture: Agate and Geode Layers

Today is Day One of Papertrey Ink's April release countdown, and I am thrilled to help introduce two new, super cool agate and geode products. The first is the Text & Texture: Agate stamp set, and the second is the Geode Layers die set.

All of the new products will be available at 10 pm ET April 15 in the Papertrey Ink store.

My first project features the Text & Texture: Agate stamp set and some ink blending in shades of blue and green. The background stamp is a generous 5 3/4 square, so not only does it cover the full background, but you also have some choice about which parts to show. Also included are a handful of sentiments, the one shown here plus several phrases built around the word "rock." 

This background was super fun to play with! I decided to ink blend the concentric circles in different shades of blues and greens, starting with a light Aqua Mist and finishing with Dark Indigo. I added some water splatters and ink splatters for texture. Next, I used some metallic watercolor to paint one of the rings a shimmery gold. The effect in real life is so pretty! I stamped my sentiment in Versamark ink, heat embossed in gold, and stitched it onto the background with gold thread. 

I wanted a little more gold, so I added some gold glass glitter around the gold painted ring.


Stamps: Text & Texture: Agate

Ink: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf, Tropical Teal, Enchanted Evening, Versamark

Paper: Stamper’s Select White, Soft Stone, and vellum card stock

Other: gold and white embossing powder, gold glass glitter, metallic gold watercolor


Next is a look at the Geode Layers die set. For this card, I die-cut the layers from different shades of blue card stock, as well as white and the new gray. I kept my die set together as opposed to snipping the individual rings apart. This allowed me to easily inlay all the rings back into a one-layer geode.

I added a coating of clear glass glitter to mimic the crystal interior of a geode. 

And last is a two-toned sentiment from Text & Texture: Agate that I stamped onto a Tremendous Tags die-cut.


Stamps: Text & Texture: Agate

Ink: Aqua Mist, Dark Indigo

Paper: Stamper’s Select White, Fresh Snow Linen, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Enchanted Evening, Dark Indigo, New Medium Gray, and Soft Stone card stock

Dies: Geode Layers, Tremendous Tags

Other: clear glass glitter, silver embroidery floss

For my last card, I die-cut a full geode (dies still attached, not cut apart), then watercolored the different Geode Layers rings using reindeers in different shades of purple, along with a hint of metallic gold. I also die-cut a whole bunch of extra geodes from white card stock, then proceeded to "reverse layer" the geode so that the outer rings are raised and the center is recessed. This created a cavity of sorts, which I filled with clear glitter and sequins to make a shaker.

I stamped the Text & Texture: Agate sentiment in white Staz-On onto the acetate layer right over the geode interior. Here you can also see the beautiful gold watercolor shimmer on that one ring.

I placed the finished geode shaker onto a Royal Velvet background stamped with the Text & Texture: Agate background.


Stamps: Text & Texture: Agate

Ink: Lavender Moon, Lilac Grace, Winter Wisteria, Plum Pudding, Royal Velvet; White Staz-On

Paper: Royal Velvet card stock, watercolor paper

Dies: Geode Layers

Other: clear and gold glass glitter, clear sequins, acetate, Mister Huey Opaque White

That's it for me today. Be sure to head over to the Papertrey Ink blog for a look at the rest of today's featured products and lots more inspiration from the design team!


jan metcalf said...

Your cards show 3 completely different ways to get fantastic results! Your cards are amazing Amy! Love them all!

I Card Everyone said...

Amy! Your cards are outstanding!! As a child, I was a rock collector, and would have given my left foot to own one of these gorgeous Agates! I STILL love to ogle those Geodes I see in gift shops ... your paper versions are just as beautiful - the glass glitter is perfection!
=] Michele

Joyously Noelle said...

Wow! Your cards are gorgeous! it’s so neat to see your different colors, techniques, and sparkles.

Anonymous said...

I always love when your projects are featured. Your work is always so spectacular. These 3 cards are just stunning and it's a great new set of stamps and dies. I haven't seen the glass glitter before so I'll need to look for it. I love the chunky look of it. thanks for your beautiful cards.

Penny J said...

Wow, wow, wow.......your cards are amazing!! You have shown 3 totally different ways to rock this stamp...sorry for the pun! You have so much to offer in your design work and I am always thrilled to see you posting for Papertrey, thank you!

karen h said...

Your cards are fantastic! Love the glass glitter and shaker cards!

Tammie Koehnen said...

Amazing cards Amy! I love the colors and using the chunky glass glitter is perfect! So unique and gorgeous.

Kathy Mc said...

Amazing creations, Amy, with so many beautiful color schemes. So happy to see you joining the countdown again!

Leigh Penner said...

These are so fabulous, Amy!

Nora N. said...

WOW!! All your cards are amazing!!! Stunning colors!!

Sacy said...

Stunning cards...may I ask what adhesive you used to adhere
the glass/glitter to the cards? TIA

Amy Sheffer said...

Sacy, I hope you see this. I used heat-and-stick powder. (Just in case you're not familiar with that, here's how it works. I first I smooshed the geode with Versamark ink, dipped it into the heat-and-stick powder, which looks and works much like embossing powder, melted that with an embossing tool which makes it sticky, then sprinkled on the glass glitter. And then, for good measure, I heat set one more time with the heat tool just to make sure the glitter was nice and stuck.) You could also use a glue pad or spray adhesive. I really like the spray adhesive best, but I'm out of that at the moment. I spray into a trash can, which keeps any mess contained. Hope that helps!

Betty Wright said...

Oh, my goodness! These are ALL so different, beautifully detailed, and just gorgeous, Amy! Wonderful designs!