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September Papertrey...

Holiday Photo Finishers...


We're working our way through the September Papertrey Ink countdown and today is group post #2!  Today with team is working with a new set designed by Nichole, called Holiday Photo Finishers.  

It's confession time....I don't send out handmade cards for Christmas.  I know, I know.  What's the matter with me?  It's kind of like the story of the cobbler's son who had no shoes.  I always go for the digital photo cards that I can just upload and have printed and delivered to my house so that all I have to do is stick on some address labels and drop them in the mail.  Call me lazy.  

But this year...I'm really thinking I need to do something handmade.  It's time, don't you think?  Nichole's new set of products aimed at holiday photo cards just might do the trick for me.  All of the new stamps and dies I'm using on today's projects will be available for puchase from Papertrey Ink's website on September 15th.

So first off, I decided to play around with stamping directly onto my photo.  There are lots of different inks and mediums to play around with.  I've doing some things with the Essential Glue pad lately and wondered if that would work...but I wondered what to cover it with...glitter?  flocking?  Any of those would probably work, but then I remembered a product that I had way in the back of my embossing powder drawer.  Something that one of the magazines sent me for having a project published.  I had stuck it way in the back of my looked messy and I wasn't sure what to do with it.  But maybe now was the time.  

Essential Glud Pad meet Luminarte Polished Pigments.

Now obviously pigment powders aren't new.  This is the first time I've worked with them, but they've been around for a long time.  The sad thing is that now that I've finally gotten around to playing with this super fun thing called Polished Pigments by Luminarte -- the company that makes them is no longer in business.  But, the good news is that there are similar products, such as Pearl Ex pigment powder or Ranger's Perfect Pearls.  There are tons of different colors available, so the possibilities are endless.  I chose to work with a gold powder on my photo.

I was really impressed with how well this worked on the photo...let's face it, stamping on slick surfaces isn't always easy.  But this truly was!  I stamped the corner scrolls as well as the sentiment label, all of which are from the new Holiday Photo Finishers set.  


In case you've never worked with any of the pigment powders before, here's a quick step-by-step.

Stamp your image with the Glue Pad.


Use a paintbrush to brush on the pigment powder.


Use a dry cloth to wipe off the excess powder.  I was worried that I would need a sealer of some sort and wasn't sure what I was going to find that would be safe to spray on my photo, but it doesn't seem necessary.  After letting the glue dry, it seems to be sticking very well.  If I rub over it firmly, I will get a tiny bit on my finger, but the recipient definitely isn't going to get a shower of it when they open up their card!


Now for the card assembly.  This is another fun product that's being released through Papertrey this month...tri-fold cards.  They are the perfect size for a 3 1/2 x 5" photo.  The over all size when it's unfolded is 3 1/2" x 15".  Lots of room for adding a holiday letter, more photos, or a nice big sentiment like I did here.  I used the Essential Glue Pad with the pigment powder here as well.



When it's all folded, it's nice and neat and tidy.  The base of the tri-fold card was white, so I chose to cover the surfaces with patterned paper.  I diecut the edge on the front panel using the Edgers #1 die.  The other thing to note is the new set of coordinating dies called Photo Finish Strip die collection.  There are sentiments from the set that coordinate with the label shapes on the strips.  I chose to use it as a wrap to hold my card closed and instead of a sentiment I used a blank label and decorative circle image from the set.  

I finished off the front of my card with those pretty leaves from Harvest Berries and some snowflakes from Winter Swirls, all done with the Essential Glue Pad and the gold pigment powder.


The new Holiday Photo Finishers stamp set can definitely be used to create pretty non-photo cards as well.  It would also be great for scrapbook pages.  I combined the Holiday Photo Finishers set with Postmarks to create a non-photo card.


I used several of the sentiment labels to create the background.  I stamped Latte ink (A Muse Studio) onto Rustic Cream cardstock.  Notice those fun brances behind the postage stamps?  Those are from a new die set call Pine Boughs....can't wait to play around with those some more!  I also really like the way the stripe border from Postmarks looks stamped on the new Photo Strip fits between the embossed lines pefectly...almost looks like candy canes!


I hope you enjoyed today's projects!  The other DT gals are all featuring Holiday Photo Finishers as well, so be sure to check them out!


Supplies not yet linked but available on September 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Holiday Photo Finishers stamp set, Photo Finish Strip die collection, tri-fold cards.

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Supplies not linked but available on September 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Holiday Photo Finishers stamp set, Photo Finish Strip die collection, Pine Bough die collection