Happy weekend! Don't you love Saturday mornings? Grab your coffee, we have a fun group post for you today for the last day of the Papertrey Ink March countdown. Tomorrow's the big day when all of the new products will go up in the store.
Today we're introducing the next kit in the Make It Market Mini series called Clipsters. It's all about taking the ordinary paper clip and giving it a hip make over, turning it into an adorable custom embellishment. If these paper clips were people we'd call them hipsters. I know...cheesy, huh? :-) But it's all fun...and there are lots of possibilities with this kit beyond paper clips. I'll show you my projects in a bit and I hope you'll agree.
The Clipsters kit includes a single sheet stamp set (the $15 size), an assortment of A2 patterned papers, a collection of dies, and an assortment of fun paper clips in yellow, pink, gold, and black & white striped. The Clipster Mini kit will be available for purchase from the Papertrey Ink website at 10pm Eastern on March 15, 2015. These mini kits are not limited editions - if they happen to sell out at some point, they will be restocked.
Now let's have some projects, shall we? First I want to show you the two different kinds of decorative clips you can make with the elements in the kit. First up are these little clip banners. Three of the A2 sheets of patterned papers included in the kit feature pre-printed banners that can be easily diecut and attached to a paper clip to create a cute banner embellishment. I thought they'd be really great to use in your planners too! There are three different banner shapes - round bottom, pointed, and notched. There is an outline around the pre-printed shape...just center your die within that outline and run it through your diecut machine for a perfect cut. You can see in this photo where I have the die placed on the banner and also some finished banners.
You can also create clips with cute toppers. There are several printed circle and hexagon images on one of the patterned paper sheets and there are dies to coordinate with these as well, with a printed outline for a guide. There are stamps in the stamp set for all of these different elements as well, so you can easily make them in any color combo your heart desires.
Here's a little collection of them...they look so cute all together!
Now let me show you these clips and the rest of the kit contents in action. This kit covers many different occasions. My first card is a bright and colorful birthday card.
There is one larger "oh yeah!" sentiment in a fun script font. There is a die that coordinates with this sentiment. There are several smaller companion sentiments, all of which will fit on the little banners, or they can be tucked under the swoosh on the "oh yeah" sentiment. I started off with a journal card 7 and added the sentiments as well as a few stamped star circles and a couple of diecut stars. Along the bottom of the journal card I added some patterned paper from the kit to create a little pocket that I could attach my cute birthday clip to. I layered the finished journal card over a Tipped Tops diecut and a Harvest Gold card base.
While my first card above is perfect for a female birthday, my next card would be great for a guy of any age. When designing the pre-printed clips I made sure to include some designs that didn't contain any pink so that there would be some boyish options too. I'm loving this Aqua Mist, Tropical Teal, and Summer Sunrise color combo with a little pop of black. Very sharp!
There are several different little design elements included in the stamp set that can be stamped on the banners, but they can be used for other things as well, like the chevron I used here. I stamped it three times vertically and three times horizontally to direct your eye to that fun sentiment. One of the pre-printed banner tags makes for a cute finishing touch.
Up next I have one more birthday card. I wanted to use the cute flower trio stamp along with this colorful floral hexagon paper. The sweet flower trio is a two-step stamp - one for the flowers and another for the leaves. They're fun to cluster around a sentiment.
Notice the printed border along the bottom of the sentiment? The patterned paper that has the pre-printed banners also has an assortment of borders that can be cut apart and used on your projects.
I embellished one of the gold clips with a coordinating pre-printed banner and stamped a few flower clusters around it.
Up next is a fun little card that's perfect for telling someone just how amazing they are! I started off by stamping several of the little star elements from the stamp set at an angle across the font of my card. Then I added a strip of Aqua Mist cardstock, stamped several times with the chevron image from the stamp set using Tropical Teal ink.
This time I didn't use one of the pre-printed clips, but stamped my own instead. I started off by diecutting the notched banner die from Fresh Snow Linen cardstock, then added a stamped sentiment, the Raspberry Fizz element at the bottom, and also the Summer Sunrise border along the top. The star was a pre-printed element that I diecut and added with some foam. I finished it off by adding the diecut "oh yeah!" sentiment and some black and white twine.
Next is a card perfect for celebrating an achievement of any sort -- it would be great for graduation and more. This time I used one of Maile's new Sentiment Splits dies, which provides the perfect spot for attaching a couple of the clips.
I added a little watercolor to my cardstock before diecutting it, using the smooshing technique and Summer Sunrise and Raspberry Fizz inks. I filled in the space between the Sentiment Splits diecuts with the black and white stripe paper from the kit. I added the diecut and stamped sentiment over the area that I watercolored and added the clips up towards the top...ack! They just look so cute!
For my next two cards I stepped out of the kit's color scheme - which is the fun thing about the fact that these kits contain stamps and dies - you can use them with any color scheme your heart desires - you don't have to be tied to the colors used in the patterned papers. This next card is a colorful congrats.
I stamped the "oh yeah" sentiment multiple times in a rainbow of inks. Towards the bottom I added one last diecut "oh yeah" stamped in True Black ink. I also added a little banner. Notice the chevron cut outs? There are a couple of little "two-step" dies included in the kit that will allow you to diecut the banners a second time to add some cut-out details. The "congrats" was stamped in True Black ink and the small circle/star element was created with stamps and dies from the kit as well.
One last card...this one with a totally different feel from the others. The banner dies can be used for more than just the clips - they're also great for stringing together on a length of twine for a quick and easy bunting embellishment. I used that idea here for a sweet baby card.
I used all three of the different banner shapes included in the kit, as well as lots of different stamps from the Clipsters stamp set to embellish them. I used that fun flower trio again to create a pretty background. I added a Loop-de-loop diecut border along the bottom edge (not included in the kit).
Well, that was fun. :-) I just love creating with these kits and I hope you will too! I like to clear everything off my workspace and spread the kit contents out and then just start creating. There's something fun about limiting yourself to the contents of the kit...it's a little less intimidating and very relaxing!
I hope you enjoyed this peek into the Clipster kit (available on March 15th from Papertrey Ink!). To see more, be sure to hop around to the other team members who are sharing projects today. I can't wait to see what they made!