Friday, October 11, 2013

October Papertrey Ink Countdown - Day 2

Good morning and welcome back to Day 2 of the October Papertrey Ink countdown. I'm so glad to hear that you're all as excited as I am about these two new dies! I can't wait to show you more, so let's get to it!

Today I'll get started with a wedding card that showcases the new Loop De Loop II border die.


I began by creating a card base using Papertrey's linen vellum and I covered about 3/4 of the front with Loop De Loop die cuts. I used stock that I had run through my Xyron so I wouldn't have to worry much about how to adhere the cuts to the card front. I left the bottom row frilly (as opposed to boxed in with another border, so it would look a bit like lace. The in-person effect is very delicate. Also, helpful tip for getting rid of all of those little, tiny paper hairs: adhere your die cut in place and then rub over it with a stiff-bristled paint brush. It works wonders.


I continued by die cutting and stamping one of the frames from Pretty Peonies in Aqua Mist ink. I added a sentiment in dark gray ink and mounted the sentiment panel to the card base with foam adhesive (the die cut loops keep the adhesive from touching the vellum and showing through on the inside of the card). As a final touch, I added a couple of half pearls to the frame for a subtle embellishment. The overall effect is nice and soft.

Next up is today's gift tag trio! The color scheme I used for these tags is New Leaf, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, and Summer Sunrise. The images are all whimsical and cheerful.


The first tag uses just the secondary die on its own. I started by stamping the row of lights at the bottom of my tag. Next, I stamped my "To:" and "From:" sentiments using New Leaf ink. Since I was using this die by itself I knew I needed to punch a hole. I wanted to dress it up a bit, so I adhered a small circle of Aqua Mist cardstock to the tag and used an anywhere hole punch to go through both layers. The anywhere hole punch allowed me to make sure that I was centered when I was placing the hole. Nice and easy and totally mass-produceable if you need to do a whole bunch of them.

The next tag is a fun stripey number that uses the secondary die to impress a frame into the main shape. This gives the impression of multiple layers, but without the bulk!


I started by die cutting the main tag shape from white cardstock. Then I used the impression sandwich (in my machine that's A plate, metal shim, B plate, rubber mats, cardstock shape to be impressed, die doing the impressing, B plate) to get the impressed frame. Next I used my secondary die to cut a post-it note mask that I could use to keep my impressed area clear of stamping. I created the stripes by first stamping the sketchy banner from Sketched Shapes followed by the thinner solid banner in the same color. It almost looks like that satin ribbon with the organdy edges, doesn't it? I removed the mask and finished the tag by stamping my "To:" and "From:" sentiments using Pure Poppy ink.

This last one is my favorite of the bunch!


One of the super-fun things about this whole two-die-construction thing is that it makes shaker tags an absolute breeze! The width of the cardstock around the frame is perfect for hiding strips of foam tape. I started by die cutting three of the main tag; one from Aqua Mist, one from Clear Cardstock, and one from white cardstock. I stamped the Aqua Mist tag with one of the background builder blocks in Autumn Pattern Pieces (I am in love with that set) using Versamark ink. It's a little difficult to see here due to my stellar photography skills, but I assure you, it adds a nice bit of texture without being distracting. Then, I die cut the secondary shape out of the center and adhered the Aqua Mist and Clear Cardstock layers together with Scortape. Next, I stamped my mister's name and my Santa image onto the white layer. I colored Santa with Copics and shook on a good amount of coarse glitter before sealing my top layer to the white layer with a solid frame of foam adhesive. You want to make sure there aren't any gaps in your foam layer or the glitter will escape. I love how it turned out! The glitter may seem like a little much, but I wanted it to look like Santa was romping in a fresh snowdrift. Another great thing about these shaker tags is that you can hold onto them as a keepsake or Christmas tree ornament.

I wanted to share one last photo with you today. I was photographing my projects for this week's posts and along sauntered one of my two furry studio assistants, Buddy (aka Bud, Buddy Boy, Big Fella, Buduardo, Tubs, etc). This happens regularly and I thought it would be funny to show you what you're all missing when I crop my images. In most of my tag photos this week I had a purr monster about nine inches from my head while I was taking shots. Ha!


That's all for me today. Thank you for joining me and I hope to see you soon! In the meantime, make sure to check in with NicholeDawnErinHeather, Melissa, and Melissa for even more inspiration. See you tomorrow!

Recipes:
Wedding Congratulations Card
Stamps: Pretty Peonies (Anniversary Set), Masculine Motifs - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Linen Vellum - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Aqua Mist - Papertrey Ink; dark gray pigment - Studio G
Other: Loop De Loop II Border Die (available October 15th) , Pretty Peonies Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch; Adhesive Pearls - Mark Richards; Xyron

Cheerful Christmas Tag Trio
Stamps: Tremendous Treats, Antique Alphabet, Autumn Pattern Pieces, Sketched Shapes, To You From Me, Holiday Lights - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Clear Cardstock - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: New Leaf, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise - Papertrey Ink; VersaMark - Tsukineko
Other: Tag Sale #8 Die (available October 15th) - Papertrey Ink; Coarse Crystal Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Foam Tape - Scotch; Green Apple Twine, Cherry Twine - Divine Twine; Markers - Copic; Anywhere Hole Punch - Making Memories
All tags shown with the Double Bow Die

30 comments:

Amanda said...

I just wanted to tell you that this tag dieis my absolute favorite thing this release.

Pat said...

Love the Shaker tag! And I agree, tags like that are just too cute to be thrown away with the wrapping paper!
I made a cute snowman tag for bags of carmel corn that I donated to a church bake sale- only to have the worker stamp the price on the snowman's face! I could have cried! Thanks for inspiring us and have a great weekend!

Joan Bardee said...

each one rocks!

Kathy Humphrey said...

Just love what you've done with the tags, Lizzie and LOVE your purr monster story, Buddy looks perfectly at ease!!. I can relate...no matter what if I'm even near the floor my puppy dog just thinks I'm down there for him...he sidles up to me and tries to lick my face!

Jennifer K said...

The loopy die is so pretty! And I love the last tag you showed with the sparkles in it.

Jennifer K said...

The tag die is awesome - love how you made it a shaker tag - very cute!

Karen Rose said...

Thanks for sharing your Buddy photo and sharing the story ... priceless.

I love your projects and this is a great die! I'm looking forward to getting this die!

Cindy H. said...

Love your gorgeous wedding card! The shaker tag is adorable and a such a sweet surprise for someone special.

merryf said...

The tag sale die is awesome! I love everything you've shown with it so far! And the loopy die in the wedding card is lovely and I have a feeling it's going to jump into my cart, too!

Luanne said...

Love, love, love!

LEG Studios said...

Ha! I love the photo of your assistant! :)

Love all your creations, Lizzie!

Diana K said...

Love your shaker tag! I did a set of these last Christmas and it took forever to make them. Your new tag set will make it super easy. Thanks, Lizzie.

Anonymous said...

Love the tags...and the Purr Monster;)

Laura Norris said...

great projects! Love the loop die and the tags - wonderful!

jintyoo7 said...

Gorgeous, I really like the "loop" die (I may have said that yesterday - lol). Love your sweet "Buddy" photo - I often wonder how many of my cards are received with additional cat hairs. I have a cat that likes to plonk herself right in the middle of my work area!

Kelli B. said...

Super cute tags! The snowman is my fav!

BeverlyBL said...

I'm loving your tags. All are so cute. Especially love the shaker tag. You made it sound so easy, I may even give it a try. Thanks.

Carol Ann Ater said...

The new tag dies are so unique. I can't wait to use these again and again. Loving the Loop da loops the most-est.

Susan Gosman said...

That little window tag stole my heart

Gabby said...

Nice wedding card! Cute tags. I especially like the shaker tag. :)

Grace said...

I love the tags. The shaker tag especially. The loopy die is amazing.

SusieQ said...

I really love the tag dies. The border die is nice, too.

Lindsey said...

Your projects this week have been fabulous but my favorites are your beautiful congratulation card and the darling shaker Santa tag. So excited about your new dies, Lizzie.

Sharon said...

Love the new tag dies! Love your Santa tag! Love the shot with your assistant, haha! I have two assistants myself. It's so funny how they always want to be RIGHT THERE.

Diane said...

Neat idea for the shaker die...love the loop die too, lots of uses for that..fun and unique projects!!

Randi said...

Hey Buddy:-)

Randi said...

The Loop De Loop would make a good sympathy card? Maybe?

Kristen V said...

Both of these dies look like must haves and I must have them both! :D Beautiful projects and you did a wonderful job at showcasing these dies.

Cynthia Clark said...

OK, I like all of them, but the shaker tag, is so pretty & clever.

Sue said...

Love the Christmas tags, especially the shaker tag. Great colors and inspiration!