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Hello!  I hope you had a blessed Christmas and you're getting ready to ring in the New Year!  

I'm here today for the full reveal of the Make It Market: You're a Masterpiece kit.  This kit will be available for purchase on January 5th (a few days later than our normal 1st of the month release so that everyone can enjoy the holidays).  The kit will go up for sale at 10pm EST as usual on the Papertrey Ink site.

A little background on this was actually inspired by this post I did this past summer using my stamps along with some mini canvases to create miniature works of art.  I thought it would be fun to expand that concept into an entire kit.  This kit can go many different directions -- you can create fun, colorful cards for kids, or you can create some really elegant's all a matter of the colors and techniques you choose to pair with the elements from the kit!  

As usual, there is an inspirational Pinterest board for this kit that I'll also be adding all of the projects to so you can use it as a resource when creating projects with the kit.  You can find it HERE.

Here is a complete list of the kit contents.  You can visit Nichole's blog to see more individual product photos.


-You're a Masterpiece stamp set 

-You're a Masterpiece die collection 

-You're a Masterpiece Easel die collection

-You're a Masterpiece paper collection (eight 8-1/2" x 11" sheets)

-12 Watercolor paper 2x2 squares 

-12 mini paintbrushes

-3 mini canvases (2x2)

-Rainbow Enamel Dots

The total retail cost of the "You're a Masterpiece" Kit is $75.  There will be a limited number of these exclusive kits available, so be sure to get yours on Monday! The "You're a Masterpiece" Kit will be available for sale beginning on January 5th at 10pm EST, only at Papertrey Ink. Read all the details on Nichole's blog or contact Customer Service with any questions.

We will also be offering a set of 6 Gelatos as a separate add on to the kit.  You can use the Gelatos in many different ways, but one really fun thing to do with them is to combine them with the Palette die included in the kit to make your own working paint palettes!  A concept much like the little painting books you might remember as a child.  All the recipient will need to do is add water to the colored spots on the palette using a brush, and then just paint away.  You can use this concept to create fun interactive cards and valentines for kids!

I put together a video with an overview of the contents, as well as a little tutorial for creating your own working paint palettes using the dies and Gelatos.  I also show you how the easel die is assembled.  


So, how about some projects showing this kit in action?

My first project is an interactive valentine card that incorporates one of the mini 2x2 canvases.  I stamped the brushstroke heart from the stamp set in the kit using a waterproof black ink (I used Palette Noir ink), then attached it to one of the printed frames using removable glue dots -- there is a frame stamp, but there are also a few sheets of paper that have the decorative frames already printed onto colored backgrounds, giving you that quick and easy option when you need it (same concept as the printed tags in the Tinsel & Tags kit if you're familiar with those).  Here I used the pre-printed Hawaiian Shores square frame.  


Off to the left of the canvas/frame I stamped a sentiment from the stamp set included in the kit.  I added color to the stamped paint palette using some Copics, but there is a small round stamp included in the set so that you can stamp the paint colors if you'd rather.  Along the bottom is an actual working "paint palette" I created using the Palette die from the kit along with the Gelatos.  I show how to do this in the video.  It actually goes together pretty quickly!  There is also a Paint Brush Holder die included in the kit, which I diecut here to hold the brush.  It's a small, simple die that just cuts a set of holes and slits so that you can position it anywhere on your card base.  The small brushes are included in the kit as well.  I already painted my heart canvas using the paint palette on the card, just so you could see the end result!  I think kids would have a ball with valentines like these!


You could tuck one of the small easels inside the card as well so that the recipient could detach the canvas and display it on the easel. 



My next card uses the same paint palette die, but this time as a decorative element instead of a working palette.  I stamped the paint ovals on the palette with the coordinating stamp from the You're a Masterpiece stamp set.   


I used one of the 2x2 squares of watercolor paper included in the kit and stamped the "You are a work of art" sentiment onto it.  I added a bit of color around the edges using the Gelatos, then used my waterbrush to blend them.  I diecut the brushes and stamped them with the coordinating images, layered them over the pallette and attached everything, layering it over the diecut frame.  The frame was again cut from the pre-printed sheet of frames using the decorative frame die.


Here you can see where I've diecut several of the pre-printed fancy frames.  There are two sheets of each frame style (fancy and square).  The fancy frames have 6 frames on each sheet, the square frames have 12 frames on each sheet.  The colors are Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, and Winter Wisteria.


My next project is another interactive card. This time I didn't include a paint palette, I simply added a bit of color to the cityscape using the Gelatos.  The recipient can then add water with the brush to blend the colors and watch the image come to life!


There is a small "just add water" sentiment that can be stamped onto your projects to act as a bit of instruction for the recipient.  The "paint the town" sentiment coordinates perfectly with the whole interactive concept.  This is the "after" where I already used the brush and water to blend the Gelato color.


Here is a shot of the Gelato coloring before the water was added...


I have one more interactive project to share with you...a little painting book that would make a fun gift for a little one.  I stamped several pages using various stamps from my collection and bound them together using my Bind-it-All machine.  


This is the cover.  I stamped the decorative frame from the You're a Masterpiece stamp set onto True Black cardstock and heat embossed it with white powder.  I added the "you color my world" sentiment to the center of the frame.  I also used the Paint Brush Holder die to attach a paint brush.  Along the bottom is a strip of patterned paper from the kit as well.


Inside, each page of watercolor paper is stamped with images from stamp sets I pulled from my collection (these images are not included in the kit).  There are lots of images in the Papertrey library that would work great for this...I used Doodlie-do, Hello, Foxy, Tremendous Treats, and Cat's Meow.  


Each page has a mini paint palette so they can just add water with the brush and paint away.


There are lots of images and elements in the set that can be used for non-interactive cards as well.  Let me show you a few I created. Here I used the frame image and heat embossed it onto Gold Shimmer cardstock using gold embossing powder for a more elegant look.


Inside the frame I placed one of the 2x2 squares of watercolor paper and stamped the larger butterfly from the stamp set included in the kit.  I rolled the image in Limeade Ice and Hawaiian Shores ink, then stamped the body in Smokey Shadow.  I used my waterbrush to blur the image and make it look like it was painted.  I added a sentiment along the bottom and added a few stamped/diecut paintbrushes.  I also stamped the brushstroke flourish from the stamp set a couple of times using Hawaiian Shores and Limeade Ice inks.


Here's a quick and easy coordinating card I created using both sizes of the butterfly image from the stamp set.  A one layer card, nice and quick!  


Here's a bright, fun card where I used the two-step brushstroke hearts from the stamp set to create a colorful valentine.  There are two sizes of hearts included in the set. 


I used a lighter shade of ink for the base of the heart and a darker shade for the brushstroke detail.  I added in a few colorful enamel dots which are also included in the kit.  


Up next is another Valentine.  The "hey" and "valentine" sentiments are separate stamps, so you could leave those off to use this idea for other occasions.  I used some careful masking here to stamp the sentiment in various colors.  I just taped off the portions of the sentiment that I didn't want to get ink on, inked up the stamp, peeled off the tape and stamped it onto my project.  I just repeated the process until I had the entire sentiment finished.


I added the little paint palette image which I embellished with enamel dots from the kit.  The tiniest ones work perfectly for this little palette.  I added a row of brushstroke hearts along the bottom edge as well, and a strip of paper along the top.


The next larger size of enamel dots work perfectly to embellish the larger palette stamp and die...


Up next is a colorful birthday card using the cityscape image and "paint the town" sentiment.


I stamped the city scape a few times across the bottom of a panel of watercolor paper.  I then colored it a bit with the Gelatos, then blended with my water brush.  A few enamel dots finish it off.


Here is a before shot of how I did the coloring with the Gelatos.  It's super need to be fussy!  I just blended upwards with my waterbrush.


My last project today using the You're a Masterpiece kit has a much more elegant feel.  I love how many different looks can be acheived with this kit by varying the techniques and colors!  I made a sort of gallery wall on this card using the frame images embossed in gold on gold cardstock and layered over a True Black base.  


In each frame I placed a watercolor square from the kit, stamped with the butterfly images from the included stamp set.  I again used my waterbrush to create a watercolored effect. 



Well, that wraps up my projects for today and the full reveal of the Make It Market: You're a Masterpiece kit!  I hope you enjoyed it!  To see more projects you can hop around to the other Make It Market DT girls:

Again, the kit will be available for purchase from the Papertrey Ink website at 10pm EST on January 5th (not the first as usual, due to the holidays!)

Here is a complete supply list for all of today's projects.  



All other supplies from the Make It Market: You're a Masterpiece kit, available on January 5th, 2015 at 10pm EST from Papertrey Ink.