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Happy Trails Revisited...

Oh, summer.  Where are you going?  August 1st already!  

The first of the month means it's Papertrey Ink Sr Team challenge time.  Each month we revisit an older Papertrey Ink stamp set, creating something new and giving you fresh inspiration to pull out an older set.  This month we are featuring Happy Trails.  I also have a fun giveaway for you today - details are at the end of this post.  

Happy trails

I don't think I ever had the opportunity to put that cute little paper airplane to use, so I thought I'd pull that image out first.  My youngest loves to make paper airplanes, so it reminds me of her (but my card still turned out decidedly boy-ish...maybe I should try this same design in pink...ohhhh, fun!!)


I paired it with the cloud die and some cleverly construed baker's twine.  The bottom was stamped with BB: Super Stripes and the sentiment is from Happy Trails.  The Loop-de-Loop border die is the perfect finishing touch along the bottom edge.  


While my first card features mainly Happy Trails, I thought I'd see what newer set I could combine it with for my second project.  That's one of my favorite parts of these revisit posts...seeing what new products coordinate perfectly with the older ones.  I think I stumbled upon a goodie this time...Scrolling Script seems to be the perfect companion to Happy Trails.  


I used the pencil stamp and coordinating die from Happy Trails, but any of the images from the set would work just as well!  I used a kind of "controlled" watercolor technique with Gelatos to color the sentiment.  I'll show you in a bit...


I started by heat embossing my sentment and the curly-q "trails" from Happy Trails with white embossing powder on white cardstock.  Then I took several different colors of Gelatos and colored over it, roughly following the sentiment and curly-q's.  This will look really rough...and that's ok.  It'll be ok in the end.  :-)


Then I took a Brushstix dipped in water and went over the Gelatos. 


I did have to stop and clean the tip of my Brushstix between some colors because it got really saturated, but other than that, it's super simple (and a pretty mess-free, fail-proof way to get the watercolor look!).


Guess what?  I have an extra pack of Gelatos to give away to one lucky commenter!  Just leave me a comment here before Friday, Aug 2nd at midnight and I'll pick one winner to send a pack of Tropical Gelatos! 


Oh, and don't forget to hop around to the other Sr Team girls to see their new takes on Happy Trails...

Melissa Phillips
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Nichole Heady
Maile Belles