Friday, April 12, 2013

April Papertrey Ink Countdown - Day 3

Hello again, Friends! I'm so glad to hear that you're enjoying this month's countdown. I've had so much fun making samples with this month's stamps and your enthusiasm is very much appreciated! I have a few more projects to share today, so let's get started.

Today I'd like to start with a Father's Day card that features patterned paper I created by repeatedly stamping the tools from Handy Hardware. I then added texture with the Linen & Canvas impression plate.

I was so smitten with the way the patterned paper turned out that I didn't want to cover it up too much. To avoid hiding my pattern I stamped my sentiment onto a piece of vellum that I die cut using one of the Half & Half dies.

I stitched that to the top edge of my patterned piece and curled it up a bit with my fingers (just to give it some dimension).

I adhered that whole layer to a Classic Kraft base and mounted Headline Alphabet letters to the vellum with small strips of foam tape. It's a simple card, but I love the boldness of the tool patterned paper.

My second project is a congratulations card. It's not unusual to hear "nailed it" followed by a high-five in our house. It's our way of celebrating things, both big and small. So I had that in mind while I was working on this card. I started by die cutting the Mat Stack 5 shape and stamping it with the image from Modern Wood Mats.

Next, I took one of the stars from Star Prints and stamped it onto a post-it note. I cut down one of the interior lines to give me a slightly smaller star and stuck the post it to the Mat Stack shape. Then I went around the perimeter of the star and stuck a small pin hole everywhere that I wanted to have a "nailhead."

I removed the post-it star and proceeded to glue down a tiny circle of silver cardstock at each of the pin holes. You could easily do the same thing with a silver pen, but I like to make things difficult on myself. I went back and tapped each nailhead with a glitter pen and a tiny, tiny dot of Glossy Accents. It's hard to see in the photos, but the star has great texture and it sparkles just enough.

Next, I created a sentiment banner and stitched it into place on the Mat Stack shape. I mounted that piece to an Aqua Mist base that I stamped with the smallest dot from Polka Dot Basics. Then I went about creating my hammer. I die cut two hammer shapes and stamped and heat embossed one in silver. The other hammer was stamped in Classic Kraft. I trimmed around the handle edge of the Kraft image and adhered it over top of the silver one. The I finished the card by mounting the hammer next to the star on the Mat Stack layer.

My final project today is a spirit banner that I created for my husband (and his mama). See, Sean's a big Reds fan and I thought he might enjoy having a piece of decor that announces his allegiance.

I started by die cutting all of my flags and accessory pieces. Next I stamped my baseball bats on the center flag and heat embossed them with clear powder. Then, the three red flags were stamped with Fresh Snow polka dots and the two white flags were stamped with the stitched background in True Black. Next I assembled the major parts and set them aside.

I stamped and cut out the baseball cap and batting helmet (yes, there are dies, but they've been a little delayed), stamped the stitching on my baseballs, and added texture with the Linen & Canvas impression plate. I layered the "REDS" letters to give a shadowed effect (like their logo) and mounted those to the center flag with foam tape.

The baseballs were mounted to pinked circles and embellished with the word "go." Those were then mounted to the other red flags while the cap and the helmet were mounted to the white flags with foam tape.

Then I punched holes in the corner of each flag and used 1/4" silk ribbon (colored black with a marker) and buttons to thread the flags and keep them secure. Isn't it fun?! I love that these images are generic enough that you can make them work for any team (I'm sure I have an O's banner in my future if my papa-in-law has anything to say about it).

Thank you for stopping by today. I'll see you right back here tomorrow with more of these two new sets. See you then!

Very Special Dad Card (A2 size)
Stamps: Handy Hardware (available April 15th) - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Classic Kraft, Pure Poppy, Stampers' Select Vellum Cardstock - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy, Classic Kraft - Papertrey Ink
Other: Headline Alphabet, Linen & Canvas Impression Plate, Half & Half Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; Blue Embroidery Thread - DMC

Nailed It Card (A2 size)
Stamps: Handy Hardware (available April 15th), Polka Dot Basics, Modern Wood Mats, Star Prints - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Silver Shimmer - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Classic Kraft - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Handy Hardware Die Collection (available April 15th), Mat Stack 5 Die - Papertrey Ink; Aqua Embroidery Thread - DMC; Foam Tape - Scotch; Glitter Pen - Sakura; Glossy Accents - Ranger; Silver Embossing Powder

Reds Spirit Banner
Stamps: 7th Inning Stretch (available April 15th), Background Basics: Retro, Polka Dot Basics - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, True Black - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Pure Poppy, True Black, Fresh Snow - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: 1/4" silk ribbon, Linen & Canvas Impression Plate, Boxy Banners Die Collection, Banner Borders Die, Limitless Layers 1 3/4" Circle Die Collection, Block Alphabet Die Collection, Block Alphabet Upper Die Collection, Vintage Buttons (Pure Poppy and White) - Papertrey Ink; Marker - Sharpie; Clear Detail Embossing Powder - Filigree; Foam Tape - Scotch


katrynka said...

The patterned paper is fabulous! And the banner looks so professional and polished!

Aunt Min said...

LOVE that background you created on the Very Special Dad card. Colors and placement are awesome!!!

Aimes said...

Oh that first card has me swooning! Awesome stamping and the vellum treatment is perfect!
Fab projects! :)

June K said...

Great cards and projects, Lizzie. I really like the Reds banner.

Jennifer K said...

Love the patterned paper you made with the tools!

Gina said...

Aimes said everything I was thinking. Love that first card a lot!!!

Cindy H. said...

Wow, these are definitely "cool tools"! Love *all* your cards but I'm particularly fond of the Way To Go card!!

carol (krillsister) said...

Love that banner. I think I will be making one for my brother-in-law who is an avid yankee fan. thanks for the idea.

merryf said...

These are fabulous. I bet that first card would be adorable for a little boy who also loves to play handyman. Though my banner would be blue and orange for my poor long-suffering METS. ;-)

cards by cara said...

That patterned paper you created is so perfectly executed!! The colours and placement are bang on!

Sharon said...

Love your patterned paper!

Jill Norwood said...

Wow! Love your cards!!!!!! And the banner is so fun!

Ruth G said...

So much fun! You really know how to make everything look so irresistible and fabulous! I want it all! Thanks for sharing your creations and process!!!

Lisa Petrella said...

Awesome projects! Lovin' the looks of these new sets---especially the clever sentiments!!!

Elizabeth S. said...

Love your banner. Great sets and ideas!

Sandy said...

great background & Dads day card

nancy said...

That handyman patterned paper is outrageously fabulous. Everything on that card just works... perfectly.

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Unknown said...

Great projects. Love the handyman background paper. I can't believe your nailed star - what a lot of work. Need to make a banner for my Giants' fan. Thanks so much!

Kathy Mc said...

Originally missed the star nailheads until I read your details ~ clever. What sports fan wouldn't want a banner like you created? It is awesome even though I'm not a Reds fan. : )

jintyoo7 said...

Brilliant - live vellum overlay :)

Susan Gosman said...

Great cards - love the red, white and blue!

Randi said...

LOVE the banner! Wonder where Sean gets his Reds allegiance from? ;-)

Gabby said...

Great cards! I like the stamping on the Dad card, the stamped banner on the team card, and the clever "nail heads" on the Way To card. :)