Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Introducing Retro Style Graduation, Retro Style Birthday Sentiments, And The Text Block: You Did It Die

Good morning, everybody! I am so excited to see you here for Day 1 of the Papertrey Ink March Countdown! Can you believe we're here already? This one sneaks up on us a bit, what with February being a smidge short, but boy! do we have some great stuff to share this month! I have the great pleasure of making a handful of introductions. Today, we're saying hello to Retro Style Graduation, Retro Style Birthday Sentiments, and the Text Block: You Did It Die. These products will be available beginning March 15th at 10pm over on the Papertrey Ink website, but I have plenty of inspiration to share with you between now and then. Let's get to it!

My first card today features one of my favorite sentiments from Retro Style Graduation (not to mention, the more I play with these signs, the more I love them).

I began by die cutting the sign shape from white cardstock. I stamped the outline with True Black and filled in the interior bits with Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold, Terra Cotta Tile, and a touch more black. Then, I die cut the sunburst from Harvest Gold cardstock and embellished it with glittered Lemon Tart rays. Next, I die cut clouds from white cardstock and textured them with the Rustic Burlap impression plate.

I adhered a piece of Aqua Mist to a white card base and layered on some Sheer Basics bitty dot vellum to soften the color. Then, I adhered the sun burst and clouds. I used an 1/8" strip of Smokey Shadow cardstock to act as the sign pole and adhered my sign with foam tape. This card is so much fun!

This next graduation card would be perfect for a young guy. I even made myself step away from the glitter shaker on this one!

I began by die cutting the sign shape and stamping the outline with True Black ink. I filled in with coordinating images in Pure Poppy, Lemon Tart, True Black and Simply Chartreuse inks. Then, I die cut a white panel with the cloud Scene It: Skyscapes Die and stamped a sign pole using one of the stripes from Background Basics: Super Stripes and True Black ink. I adhered that to a Spring Rain card base and set it aside.

Next, I colored in some of the "lightbulbs" using a Copic marker. Then, I went over all of the bulbs with a fine-point glue pen. I sprinkled clear embossing powder onto the exposed adhesive and set it using my heat tool. The result is glossy and really looks like tiny lightbulbs! I finished up by adhering my sign into place with some foam tape.

This next card pairs Retro Style Graduation with the coordinating Birthday Sentiments set.

I began by stamping the dotted image using Lemon Tart ink with Harvest Gold rolled around the edges. Then, I stamped the grounding oval (Spring Rain stamped off once to soften the color). The Sign came next in True Black ink.

Next, I die cut each arrow from white cardstock and stamped them using Orange Zest, Limeade Ice, and Blueberry Sky inks. I adhered the arrows with foam tape over the corresponding shapes on the sign post. Quick and easy. This is a heading-out-the-door-to-the-party sort of card. These sets make those types of cards a snap!

My last card today features the new Text Block: You Did It Die. This die was just begging for an ombre treatment, so that's where I went (side note: I've had the phrase "I made ombre my hombre" stuck in my head all day long. Now you all know just how much of a dork I really am).

This card came together pretty easily. I ran pieces of Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, and Pinefeather through the Xyron and then cut them sticky side up using the new die. I also die cut a piece of white cardstock and assembled all of the pieces on a piece of White Adhesive Sheet. Then, I removed the protective adhesive backing and sprinkled the exposed adhesive with glitter. I mounted the glittered block to a Harvest Gold striped card front that I'd tied with ruffled ribbon and baker's twine. The great thing about the sentiment on this die is that it can be used for all sorts of accomplishments - you're not limited to graduation. I'm always on the lookout for ways to make my new stamps and dies as versatile as possible. This one is no exception.

Well, that's all for me today. Nichole and Betsy are sharing more of Retro Style Graduation and the Retro Style Birthday Sentiments stamps. Heather also has more with the Text Block: You Did It Die. Make sure to check in with them and with Dawn, Erin, and Maile for more of this month's release. See you back here again tomorrow! Have a great day!

Bright Future Card
Stamps: Retro Style Graduation (available March 15th) - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold, Lemon Tart, Smokey Shadow, Sheer Basics Bitty Dot - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Terra Cotta Tile, Harvest Gold, Hawaiian Shores, True Black - Papertrey Ink
Other: Retro Style Die Collection (available March 15th), Blue Skies Rays Die, Blue Skies Die, Rustic Burlap Impression Plate - Papertrey Ink; Fine Crystal Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Foam Tape - Scotch; Xyron

Class Of 2015 Card
Stamps: Retro Style Graduation (available March 15th), Background Basics: Super Stripes - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Spring Rain - Papertrey Ink; white
Ink: Pure Poppy, Lemon Tart, Simply Chartreuse, True Black - Papertrey Ink
Other: Retro Style Die Collection (available March 15th), Scene It: Skyscapes Die Collection - Papertrey Ink; Clear Embossing Powder - Filigree; Copic Marker; Glue Pen; Foam Tape - Scotch

Which Way To Cake Card
Stamps: Retro Style Graduation (available March 15th), Retro Style Birthday Sentiments (available March 15th), Dot Spot, Bowl Of Sunshine - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: white
Ink: Orange Zest, Limeade Ice, Blueberry Sky, Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Spring Rain, True Black - Papertrey Ink
Other: Retro Style Die Collection (available March 15th) - Papertrey Ink; Foam Tape - Scotch

Glittered Ombre Card
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Pinefeather, Harvest Gold Stripe Paper, White Adhesive Sheets - Papertrey Ink; white
Other: Text Block: You Did It (available March 15th) - Papertrey Ink; Ribbon - May Arts; Twine - Divine Twine; Foam Tape - Scotch; Fine Crystal Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Xyron


Sandy S. said...

What a knockout your first card is! They all make me wish I had more graduations coming up in my family!

Jennifer K said...

I'm really diggin' the Retro Signs - both the graduation and birthday sets. I wasn't sure that they would be my thing but it's only the first day and you have me hooked. :)

Gina said...

Lizzie! Love these retro signs...LOVE. And girl, the glittery text block - I love those and this one is no exception. Totally fab!!

Anonymous said...

I can't get enough of the Retro Signs. They are definitely a must have.

Carolyn said...

I can't get enough of the Retro Signs. The are definitely a must have. I don't know why my first comment came up anonymous ?

Tracey McNeely said...

Lizzie this new set is awesome! Those signs just make my smile and with my daughter graduating from high school in June--perfect!

Cindy H. said...

Love every one of these beautiful cards!

StephH said...

Great new set Lizzie! Your graphic style has really grown on me and I love that everything can be color-coordinated to school colors. I that the details for your first sign can be stamped in different colors. And your little Retro Sign in your second card is just perfect...reminds me if a 50's diner sign!

Donna M. said...

LOVE the text block card and the bling. Thanks for the tips!

Kathy Krug said...

wonderful inspiration. Really like how you used the vellum.

Linda said...

Lizzie, I adore this set! I love the retro vibe that the set has. It is going to be a "must have" for me! I love how you can personalize each of the elements with different colors to make the signage pop! So very fun!


Unknown said...

Love, Love! I will actually need several graduation cards come May:-) These are TOO cool!

María Alba Negrón said...

Hi Lizzie,

Outstanding use of the dies in this collection, thanks for the inspiration!

María Alba

Leslie S. said...

Cute cute cute!!!

see mary stamp said...

Totally diggin' the retro signs. So much fun! Beautiful projects.

MelissaF said...

Wonderful retro cards, love them all!

Kathy Mc said...

Awesome, Lizzie! Your attention to detail on all of this is incredible. Now you've got all of us hooked on retro signs. Guess that was your intent when you designed these, right? Great job!

Shari said...

Love the sign with the world behind it.

Shari said...

Love the sign with the world behind it.

Shari said...

Love the sign with the world behind it.