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Life is Beautiful...

Welcome to group post day #2 for the Papertrey Ink May countdown.  The week is whizzing by and release day will be here before we know it.  All of the products I mention in today's post as "new" will be available for purchasing beginning at 10pm EST from

Today the team is showcasing a new stamp set called Life if Beautiful.  This set contains two jumbo-sized two-step butterflies as well as a variety of sentiments and a smaller butterfly.  There are coordinating dies as well.  I love butterflies and I just adore the size and style of the ones in this set.  I also love the way there are solid outline dies and dies that cut out detailed butterflies.  These butterflies are beautiful all on their own, but they also beg to be used with all sorts of different techniques.  Let me show you two cards I created with this super simple and the other gets a little more technique-y.

First up, my simple card.  I stamped the largest butterfly from the set at an angle using Berry Sorbet ink.  I colored in the wing design using a couple shades of yellow Copics.  There is a stamp for the insides, but I decided I wanted to create a shaded look, so I just used my Copics instead.

LIfe is Beautiful


I layered the rectangular from from the Shakers+Sprinkles die collection over top and stamped the sentiment inside.  There are lots of different sentiment combinations and the phrases are separate, which allows you to stamp in different ink colors...I love that.  


My next card is a whole lot more artsy.  I had fun creating this and although it looks sort of complex, the technique is really very simple. 


I stamped the butterflies with my normal Papertrey Ink dye inks, using Berry Sorbet, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, and Hawaiian Shores onto a piece of watercolor paper.  Then I took a water brush and brushed around the butterfly images, allowing the ink to bleed.  After that I added a few ink droplets and splatters by dipping the waterbrush in a drop of ink refill, then flicking the brush with my finger.  I stood the stamped panel on end and let some of the water droplets run before they dried completely.


Once it was all dry I stamped my sentiment and then layered some of the coordinating butterfly diecuts over the top (cut from watercolor paper).  It was a fun technique to play with...kind of artsy and fun, but you definitely don't have to be an artist to do it!


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Supplies not linked, but available on May 15 from Papertrey Ink:  LIfe it Beautiful stamp set and coordinating dies

Be sure to hop around to the other DT girls to see what they've created with the new Life is Beautiful set!