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It's time for the first Group Post for the December Papertrey Ink countdown!  Today we're showcasing a whole line-up of gem themed products.  Gems have been a popular trend for awhile now, but I think the products we're introducing today help to give this trend a more practical application for us as card well as for creating gifts and gift packaging, etc.  

There are a few different stamp sets and dies that I'll be using in today's post.  Here's a quick run down on the different products being introduced today...

The You're a Gem stamp set is a set that I designed that's filled with some great mix and match sentiments that fit the whole gem theme, as well as a handful of different shaped gems in both solid and outline images.  There are dies to match.  I also designed a Cover Plate die that coordinates with the whole gem theme, called Cover Plate: Gem Stone, which I think will be super fun for all sorts of different looks.  

Erin designed the rest of the products being shown today including the Charmed stamp set, which features all of the different monthly birthstones along with their meanings, perfect for birthday or even baby cards and gifts.  She also designed a beautiful frame die that works with the collection, called Charmed Frame.

All of these new gem themed products, along with any other product mentioned as "new" in today's post will be available for purchase from beginning at 10pm EST on December 15th.  

Let me show you my projects using these new stamps and dies...

First up is an anniversary card using the Cover Plate: Gem Stone dies along with a sentiment from the You're a Gem set.  This card was super quick to put together.  I started by adding just a bit of watercoloring using Hibiscus and Summer Sunrise inks in the area I wanted to adhere the gem diecut.  Then I stamped a sentiment from the You're a Gem set using Classic Kraft and Fine Linen inks.  There are several mix and match sentiments included in the set, covering lots of different occasions.


I diecut the cover plate from gold shimmer cardstock and layered it over my stamped card base.  There are also two different size gem dies included with the Cover Plate: Gem Stone die.  I cut the smaller one from Luxe Gold cardstock, and 4 more times from white cardstock.  I stacked them all up and adhered them over the watercoloring.  


I finished off the inside of the card as well, with a sentiment from the new Tucked In: Anniversary set coming your way this month. To really finish the design I added a little more watercoloring and a small diecut gem - this smaller size is from the You're a Gem die collection.  The sentiment was stamped in Classic Kraft ink.  



Supplies not linked, but available on December 15th from Papertrey Ink:  You're a Gem stamp set and coordinating dies, Cover Plate: Gem Stone die collection, Tucked In: Anniversary stamp set

My next project features the Charmed products.  I chose to work with Turquoise, December's stone.  I was inspired to create a design that mimics a traditional setting for a Turquoise stone.  I started off with a panel of kraft cardstock and layered the Charmed Frame, which was diecut from Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores cardstock.  I added some enamel dots to areas of the frame. 


For the center portion I used the center cut-out from the Cover Plate: Gem Stone die as the base for my Turquoise "stone" and setting.  To create this I used the solid oval gem die from the You're a Gem die set, cut from Aqua Mist cardstock.  I stamped it with the Crackle stamp using Hawaiian Shore ink, and again using Classic Kraft ink, which I just inked a few little spots on the Crackle stamp.  This gave my oval a pretty realistic look! I then coated it with Glossy Accents.  Around the oval I arranged several diecut pieces which were cut from Silver Shimmer cardstock - the triangles on the sides were made from the diamond shaped gem in the You're a Gem die set, and the rest are little negative pieces of the dies in that set.  I added one more small "turquoise" stone on each side of the arrangement which are actually the centers of the open circle stone die from the You're a Gem die set.  The sentiments that finish it off are from the Charmed set.



Supplies not linked, but available on December 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Charmed stamp set and coordinating dies, Charmed Frame die, You're a Gem die collection, Cover Plate: Gem Stone die collection

Before I go, I have one more project using the You're a Gem set and Cover Plate: Gem Stone.  I have a few more, but I'll save them for later in the countdown. *wink*

For this friendship card I diecut the Cover Plate from linen cardstock, and also from an assortment of other cardstocks so I could add color by piecing in some of the cut-outs.  To do this technique I placed a dryer sheet on the backside of my cardstock when diecutting the cover plate, so the pieces stayed intact, making it much easier to identify where they get pieces back into the design...there are lots of little triangles here, so if they're flying all over the place it's going to be very difficult to figure out where they fit back in!  This made it really easy and it would be easy to make several of these at a time since diecutting the cover plate from each color gives you lots of pieces to work with.


The sentiment I used here is again from the You're a Gem set.  I also stamped the oval gem from the set using Aqua Mist and Tropical Teal inks, then stamped it again with Versamark so I could heat emboss it with clear powder for a bit of shine.



Supplies not linked, but available on December 15th from Papertrey Ink:  You're a Gem stamp set and coordinating die collection, Cover Plate: Gem Stone die collection


That wraps up my projects for today, but to see a whole lot more Gem inspiration, you can hop around to the other DT blogs.  See you back here's going to be fun.  :-)  

Danielle Flanders
Laurie Willison
Dawn McVey
Amy Sheffer
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillilps
Nichole Heady
Ashley Cannon Newell 
Lizzie Jones
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