Saturday, November 12, 2016

Beautiful Inspiration

Welcome to Day 3 of Papertrey Ink's November release countdown. Today is the first of three group posts for this release, and we are featuring a beautiful new floral set called Better Together, designed by Nichole Heady, the newest in the Inspired series, Inspired: Mercy, by Betsy Veldman, and a very pretty new frame die set called Leaf & Sprig Frames, also designed by Nichole.

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

For my first project, I heat embossed the main floral image in white and watercolored  it in a loose, free, messy style. I die-cut the watercolored image using the largest rectangle die from the Double Ups: Rectangles die set to give it that stitched edge, then mounted it with foam adhesive to a slightly larger card base of Soft Stone. The sentiment is stamped onto a banner that I die-cut using one of the Paper Clippings: Joy to the World Details dies and sponged with Americana and Autumn Rose inks.

Stamps: Better Together

Ink: Versamark; Americana and Autumn Rose

Paper: Strathmore watercolor paper; Stamper's Select White and Soft Stone card stock

Other: Sakura Koi watercolors, foam adhesive

My next project shows how fantastic Better Together looks with no coloring. I especially love the main image stamped in white. 

Here, I've die-cut some card bases using the Noted: Scalloped Square die, stamped the image twice in white, then added a sentiment strip (stamped on Tag Sale: Quilted die-cuts). Quick, easy, and stylish!

Better Together includes a "handmade with love" image for the back of your cards, too - love that!

Stamps: Better Together

Ink: Fresh Snow, Dark Indigo, Stormy Sea

Paper: Dark Indigo, Stormy Sea, Aqua Mist, and Stamper's Select White; linen vellum

Other: white embossing powder, white linen thread, clear sequins

And last we have a card using the smaller, individual images from Better Together. Lots of color, but no actual coloring :)

I heat embossed the images in white and then used sponge daubers to add a range of different colors to the die-cuts. The sentiment is from Betsy Veldman's Inspired: Mercy stamp set. The Inspired: Mercy die-cut has been sponged in shades of blue-green for an ombre effect. In the background are two Leaf & Sprig Frames die-cuts, both lightly sponged with Aqua Mist ink. This is a fun die -- the frames are nested as one die, so only one pass through your die-cutting machine gives you five different Leaf & Sprig Frames.

Stamps: Better Together, Inspired: Mercy

Dies: Better Together, Inspired: Mercy, Leaf & Sprig Frames

Ink: Versamark; Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Autumn Rose, Raspberry Fizz, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Enchanted Evening, Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding, New Leaf, Simply Chartreuse, Limeade Ice, Aqua Mist

Other: white embossing powder, ink blending tool and foam, sponge daubers, white satin sequins

For more Better Together, Inspired: Mercy, and Leaf & Sprig Frames inspiration, visit the Papertrey team:


Diana K said...

All three of your projects are to die for, Amy! Seriously beautiful.

Dishtowel Dame said...

I love the little scalloped cards! Great colors!

Nancy Penir said...

These are gorgeous, Amy! Loving the versatility of your projects. Watercolor, emboss, & ink sponged. All wonderful!

Holly Saveur said...


nancy said...

It does without saying that those colorful flowers are stunning, but those stamped note cards are perfect in their simplicity.

Tracey McNeely said...

All so beautiful today Amy!

Skrater said...

As always, such beautiful and inspiring work!!

María Alba Negrón said...

Hi Amy,

AWWWWesome Cards****

María Alba

Colleen said...

Very pretty cards

Kathy said...

Those three notecards are so lovely! I'd love to make lots as gifts.

Sandy M said...

I love these floral stamps. Very beautiful.