Wednesday, March 14, 2012

On The Links & Background Basics: Wrought Iron - Day 5

Well, Blogland, here we are...Day 5 of the Papertrey Ink March release countdown. I've had so much fun this week sharing my projects with all of you. You'll be able to get your hot little hands on On The Links and Background Basics: Wrought Iron tomorrow night at 10pm EST in the Papertrey web store. But first I have just a few more projects to share.

First up today is a "thinking of you" type card using BB: Wrought Iron and the new Wrought Iron impression plate.

I started by stamping my umbrella using the Colored Kissing technique that Heather featured in this week's Make-It-Monday video. I thought it looked like fun, so I decided to have a go myself. I think this technique may just find itself in regular usage round these parts. I die cut the frame using the Mat Stack 4 Layerz and Fillable Frames #7 dies. That frame was then impressed with the Wrought Iron impression plate to give it a bit of texture.

I stamped my sentiment and umbrella handle on my white base and then added texture using the Canvas impression plate. My frame and umbrella topper were added to the base with foam tape and the umbrella was embellished with a teeny, tiny rhinestone. After a little hemming and hawing, I decided to keep it simple and finished the card by rounding the corners.

My next project today is a baby card featuring the simpler ironwork strip in Background Basics: Wrought Iron.

I noticed while playing around with the set that the curlicues formed heart shapes that coordinated well with the small hearts in Simple Valentine and Around & About Sentiments. So after stamping my background I went back with the heart from A&AS and did a little embellishment. This would be perfect for all sorts of cards - anniversary, wedding, and Valentine's Day - just to name a few. Today it's just going to show love for a new arrival.

I stamped my sentiment onto a Photo Finishers strip and adhered that to my base. Next, I stamped and cut out the rattle and added a faux button (you can see my original post about how I make them HERE) before mounting it atop my sentiment strip with a bit of foam tape. I added a little bow of embroidery floss and rounded corners for some finishing touches.

My last project of this release is a little coaster gift set I put together using On The Links.

I thought it might be fun to put together a little retirement gift for someone that likes to hit the links on a warm Spring (or Summer) day.

After you're finished hoofing a round of 18 holes all you really want is a nice, tall, refreshing beverage, amiright (pssst: The correct answer is "Yes! Absolutely!")?

So I've used the On The Links set to decorate a set of paper coasters so that the aforementioned nice, tall, refreshing beverage doesn't leave an unsightly ring on somebody's coffee table.

You can get four sets of six coasters out of a $1 pack of 25 (one extra for oopsies). Talk about a bargain!

I started by drawing out my basic designs on scrap paper. When I was happy with my concepts I just stamped to my little heart's content.

***PLEASE NOTE: I tested all of the inks I wanted to use by stamping them on scraps and running them under/soaking them in water. I don't believe the new formula inks are waterproof, so they probably won't be the best suited for this project. Please make sure to test your inks ahead of time!***

I used practically every image stamp in On The Links in addition to stamps from A Little Argyle, BB: Houndstooth, Modern Wood Mats, and Take A Bough ("cheers!").

When I was finished with my coasters, I decided that my set needed a belly band to keep them all together and convey my "happy retirement" wishes. I wrapped the stack of coasters with a piece of Enchanted Evening ribbon and secured the ends with Scor Tape.

Next I die cut the Christmas Label die shape from Spring Moss cardstock and stamped it with the small herringbone background. I wanted to set my sentiment apart by using a different color on the label, but I didn't have a die shape that really thrilled me. And then...Ah-ha!

I stamped my green image onto Rustic Cream cardstock and trimmed around it very carefully (using a dark ink helps you see the edge more easily - I used Ripe Avocado). I stamped my sentiment on the blank side and then adhered it to my label shape with foam tape. I finished off the package by adhering my label to the ribbon band with Scor Tape.

I really hope you've enjoyed hanging out with me this week. Make sure to stop by to see what Nichole, Heather, Dawn, and Melissa have hiding up their sleeves today. Have a great week (and a fun time shopping tomorrow at 10pm EST) and I'll see you all again soon!

All products are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted
When It Rains Card:
Stamps: Scattered Showers, Background Basics: Wrought Iron (available March 15th)
Cardstock: Plum Pudding; generic white
Ink: Plum Pudding, Spring Rain, Smoky Shadow
Other: Mat Stack #4 Layerz die, Fillable Frames #7 die, Wrought Iron Impression Plate (available March 15th), Canvas Impression Plate; Rhinestone - Mark Richards; Foam Tape - Scotch

Shake, Rattle & Roll Card:
Stamps: Baby Button Bits, Around & About Sentiments, Background Basics: Wrought Iron (available March 15th), Bitty Background Blocks
Cardstock: Sweet Blush; generic white
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, Smoky Shadow; Versamark - Tsukineko
Other: Photo Finishers Die, Button Die; Embroidery Floss - DMC; foam tape - Scotch

Retirement Coaster Set:
Stamps: On The Links (available March 15th), A Little Argyle, Background Basics: Houndstooth, Take A Bough, Modern Wood Mats
Cardstock: Spring Moss, Rustic Cream
Ink: Dark Chocolate (old formula), Enchanted Evening (old formula), Ripe Avocado (old formula), Spring Moss (pigment formula); Seascape - Palette; Versamark - Tsukineko
Other: Paper Coasters, Christmas Label die, Enchanted Evening Saddle Stitched Ribbon; foam tape - Scotch


Dana said...

Love those coasters Lizze!

Suzanne Russell said...

I love the coasters idea-thanks for the heads up regarding the inks, though. Do you think sealing them with modge-podge would protect them?

Renee said...

I made a set of coasters and Modge Podged them...they held up great once that was done! But I have 4 kiddies...and nothing last forever with them ;(
Fabby ideas...
really loving that baby card! :)

BeverlyBL said...

Your cards are very cute but I am in love with the coasters. What a nice gift. Great ah-ha moment with the putting green image for the sentiment.

I like your wrought iron images this release, as well. Thanks for all the really cute ideas.

jintyoo7 said...

FANTASTIC!!! Love the wrought iron designs and the coaster set is precious and will be treasured :) Thank you for a wonderful week of delectable projects :)

Randi said...

The coasters are so cool!