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Mat Stack 5 Collection...


Welcome to the first group post of the January Papertrey Ink countdown!  Tonight the team is showcasing the Mat Stack 5 collection which consists of the new Mat Stack 5 Collection stamp set which coordinates with the existing Mat Stack 5 die.  Rounding out the collection are the Mat Stack 5 Layerz die and the Mega Mat Stack 5 die.  The shape of Mat Stack 5 has always been one of my favorites, so I'm excited for this collection to be completed!  All of these new products will be available for purchase on the Papertrey Ink website beginning at 10pm EST on January 15th.  

I was really excited to play with the Mat Stack 5 stamp set...the set consists of 2 "full" frames that coordinate with the die shape, but then there are tons of individual "building" pieces...which in my opinion makes it super fun.  There are so many different possibilities for combinations that you could spend hours stamping with this set!  I love mixing stapms to create patterns, so it is right up my alley for sure!

Nichole challenged the team to create two projects using the new Mat Stack 5 Collection.  One using a "full" frame image and another using some of the individual design-building pieces.  First off is a card that uses some of the individual elements.  I layered all three of the Mat Stack 5 dies (referred to as MS 5 from now on :-) ), with the largest Mega die turned vertically.  I was excited to find out that many of the individual design elements also worked quite well when stamped onto the Mega MS 5 die.  I stamped the image resembling a half-medallion with Hawaiian Shores ink onto a Rustic Cream diecut.  In the corners of the card I stamped another element from the set using Smokey Shadow ink.


For the focal point, I combined some of the MS 5 elements along with one of the small frames from the LIttle Labels set.  It's a great way to make a smaller sentiment work with the larger space of the MS 5 die. 


My second project today uses one of the two full MS 5 frame images in the set.  I created a shaped card by running a folded piece of cardstock through my machine with the Mega MS 5 die, allowing the end of the die to extend just a bit beyond the fold of my cardstock so as to not cut through the fold.  I just love how easy it is to make little shaped cards with that technique!


The full MS 5 is my focal point, but in the background I still managed to incorporated some of those pretty individual elements to create a pretty patterned background.  I'll show you how I stamped them...

I treated each of the curves at the top and bottom of the die as a "corner", stamping that pretty medallion-like image in each one like so...


Continue stamping in each like this...they overlap just a bit, but I think it looks pretty that way!


Stamp all the way around in each of those four "corners" so it looks like this...


Then I took another flower/scroll image and stamped it in the rounded part at the end of the diecut.  It makes for a pretty background that you could use just like this too!  It would look pretty with a sentiment stamped in the center.  


One other thing to note here....the circles under the gems were punched from the same image I just showed you above.  


A 1/2" circle punch works perfectly to punch out that pretty little circle to use as an accent.


Well, thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you're enjoying the countdown posts this month....only one more day to go and then you'll be able to purchase the new stuff!  :-)  Now be sure to hop around to the other DT members to see what they've whipped up with the new Mat Stack 5 Collection!