Hello all! Welcome to the first day of the June 2015 Papertrey Ink countdown! We have lots of fun things in store for you this month. Today I'm featuring a new Make It Market Mini kit called Still Life: Summer. It's filled with fruity images done in a brushstroke style similar to last summer's Beautiful Brushstrokes full kit. I love fruit images and I love the watercolor, painterly look, so it's like a match made in heaven.
The Make It Market Mini Still Life: Summer kit will be available for purchase from the Papertrey Ink website beginning at 10pm EDT on June 15. The kit contains a $15 stamp set, coordinating patterned papers, a few yards of colorful raffia, and some fun chalk tags. (please note my projects today don't use any of the chalk tags - they did not make it to me in time! Hopefully I can show some projects using them a bit later in the countdown).
I had so much fun creating with this kit...let me show you my projects!
First up is a SUPER simple card featuring one of the pre-printed panels of patterned paper included in the kit. All I did was do a little trimming around the edges and then adhered it to a Raspberry Fizz card base.
The papers in this kit feature colorful watercolored fruits, watercolor backgrounds, and a few sheets that have a fun chalkboard/farmer's market feel, as well as a sheet of pre-printed fruits and sentiments that you can diecut with the dies in the kit.
This next card uses one of the pre-printed tags included in the kit - there are two tags, one with a "thanks" sentiment and another with an "enjoy" sentiment. These coordinate perfectly with the Tag Sale #3 die, but if you don't have that die in your collection they can be easily cut by hand as well.
I adhered the pre-printed tag to a panel of Smokey Shadow cardstock that was stamped in the corners with a little corner element from the Over Under Easy set, and then drew the rest of the border with a white pencil. I rubbed a bit of Fresh Snow ink on the background as well to mimic the look of chalk dust. The peaches tucked behind the tag were stamped using the stamp set included in the kit. They are multi-step stamps so you can get a very realistic look!
There are four different kinds of fruit included in the stamp set - a citrus slice, a strawberry, a peach, and a cluster of cherries. My next card uses the peach stamps again. This time I diecut and stamped six of them and arranged them in a wreath. There are three steps for stamping the main portion of the peach - the base, a brushstroke layer, and the outline. I started by stamping the base, which I inked with Harvest Gold and rolled the edges in Hibiscus Burst. Then I layered the brushstroke detail, which was inked with a bit of Harvest Gold on the bottom tips and the rest with Hibiscus Burst. The outline was stamped with Raspberry Fizz.
I arranged them all into a wreath and then added a few tiny flowers and leaves. The flower is from Brushed Blooms, and the tiny leaf is from a set you'll see more of a bit later in the countdown. In the center of the wreath is a diecut "thanks" which I diecut from a sheet of paper included in the kit which features pre-printed "thanks" and "enjoy" sentiments as well as some pre-printed fruit which can be diecut with the dies from the kit. I sponged some Aqua Mist ink around the edges, stamped the "you're a peach" sentiment from the stamp set, and tie a bit of the colorful raffia from the kit around the top.
Next...more peaches! This time I used the two pre-printed peaches found on the sheet of printed fruit included in the kit. I simply diecut them using the coordinating peach die. I layered them over a few different patterned papers from the kit. I'm kind of in love with the watercolor plaid paper...I love how that one turned out!
There's some of the raffia layered underneath the diecuts as well. I also added a diecut "thanks" sentiment from the kit and stamped the "you're a peach" sentiment.
Ok, enough peaches! I had so much fun stamping them that I couldn't quit. :-) My next two cards use the cherries found in the set. The cherries are my favorite...I have a weakness for anything with cherries on it, and I love the way these look with the brushstroke details. Same as the peach...there are three steps for the cherries - the solid image, the outline, and the brushstroke detail. You can use all three or just do the outlines if you like to color, or skip the outline for a softer look. That's what I did here...I just used the solid and the brushstroke detail to stamp a bunch of them in the background.
I stamped the solid cherries with Sweet Blush and the brushstrokes with Hibiscus Burst (stamped off once to create a softer effect). I layered a diecut "thanks" over the stamped cherries and accented it with one of the pre-printed cherries which I diecut with the coordinating die. I added a strip of that pretty plaid along the edge.
Next I have a little notecard that also uses the cherries. I used the scalloped notecard base from the Party Pops kit and layered that pretty watercolor plaid over the top.
I added a Doily Details diecut (not included in the kit) and layered the "enjoy" sentiment and pre-printed cherries over that. So fresh and pretty!
How about a little citrus next? This card just makes me thirsty for some ice cold lemonade! :-) The citrus slice from the kit can be a lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit, depending on your color choices. I decided to make them all for this card.
Again, there are three steps for stamping the citrus slice - the outline, the solid image to fill in the triangle sections, and a brushstroke image that can be layered over the top. I used the "enjoy the sweeter things in life" sentiment from the kit, diecutting the "enjoy" word using the die from the kit. I added a few Rainstones to mimic the look of fresh water droplets.
This next card features the pre-printed citrus slices included on the sheet of pre-printed fruit found in the kit, along with a few of the pre-printed strawberries.
I clustered them over a panel of green chevron watercolor paper from the kit. The "enjoy" sentiment was diecut from the pre-printed element sheet. The "sweet summertime" sentiment is the only thing not from the kit - that's from the Monthly Moments: June stamp set.
Up next I used the strawberries along with a new die being released this month...a die that will allow you to turn the Friendship Jar into a shaker! How fun! I diecut and stamped four strawberries and placed them in my shaker jar, along with a few small pink sequins. I diecut the "enjoy" sentiment from the Still Life: Summer kit from vellum and layered it over the clear panel on the jar.
I tied a bit of raffia from the kit around the top of the jar and layered it over a Scene It: Doily Tag Base diecut. I added a strip of gingham patterned paper through the slits and finished it off with a sentiment from the Banner Sentiments set, stamped on a Double Ended Banner diecut. The panel of cardstock underneath was impressed with the Guidelines Impression Plate.
My next two cards combine the Still Life: Summer kit with elements from the Nostalgic Notions kit. I so badly wanted to add some fruit images to that kit, but there was NO more room. But I think the fruit from Still Life: Summer is the perfect complement to the look of the Nostalgic Notions kit and I could hardly wait to pair the two. This first card uses the scalloped polka dot frame and a few small flowers from Nostalgic Notions paired with the cherry cluster from Still Life: Summer.
The cherries were stamped using Raspberry Fizz and Pure Poppy inks for the fruit portion, and Simply Chartreuse and Limeade Ice, rolled in a bit of New Leaf to add a little shading. I think the painted look of the fruit matched the 40's vibe just perfectly and reminds me of the fruit images you might see on table linens from that era!
My last card combines several different fruits from Still Life: Summer with several different elements from Nostalgic Notions. I created a pretty fruit and flower cluster by combining the fruits from Still Life: Summer with the flowers from Nostalgic Notions. I layered them all over a panel of red dotted paper from the Nostalgic Notions kit. I added a Nostalgic Notions scalloped border along the bottom edge of the dotted paper and tucked some Chicken Scratch Gingham paper underneath (not included in either of the kits)
The "enjoy" sentiment was diecut and stamped using the Still Life: Summer kit. The "your birthday" sentiment is from the Phrase Play #4 stamp set.
On the inside of this card I stamped one of the sentiments from this month's new Tucked In: Birthday set. It was my Grandma's 90th birthday yesterday, so this card already made its way to her...I thought it was just perfect for her! I embellished the inside a little with a strip of gingham paper and a few diecuts.
Well, that wraps up the reveal of my newest Make It Market Mini Kit called Still Life: Summer. I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at these projects as much as I enjoyed creating them! Melissa and Nichole will be sharing more projects using Still Life: Summer, so be sure to check them out!
Supplies not linked, but available on June 15, 2015 from Papertrey Ink: Make It Market Mini Kit: Still Life Summer, Tucked In Birthday stamp set, Friendship Jar Shaker Die