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Autumn Style...

Welcome to the first group post day for the August Papertrey Ink countdown!  Today the team is featuring a new stamp set by Nichole called Brushed off, as well as a few new die sets perfect for the upcoming autumn season.  

All of the stamps and dies mentioned as "new" in today's post will be available for purchase from the Papertrey Ink store, beginning at 10pm EDT on August 15th.


The new Brushed off set is filled with a bunch of different basic brush stroke images in varying shapes and sizes -- so perfect for combining with all kinds of different techniques, or they look great with just simple stamping too.  I was playing around with some different ways to use the set, and was trying out some masking using the new Branching Out die.  It wasn't turning out like I wanted, but I noticed there was this kind of cool image on my scrap paper covering my desk where I had stamped a few times to clean the ink off my stamp after I had stamped over the leaf diecut -- it was like stamp kissing (inking one stamp and then pressing it on to another to remove some of the ink and leave the image of one stamp on another), but with a diecut instead.


It's different from masking because you still get some color inside the area where the diecut was, just lighter - kind of like second generation stamping.  I diecut the new Branching Out die from lightweight cardstock and placed it on a piece of scrap paper.  I inked up the largest brushstroke from Brushed Off and pressed it (kind of lightly) onto the scrap paper, over the diecut, then stamped it onto my project.  I inked it up using the rock 'n roll technique to add a bit of shading.  I used the same leaf diecut every time, so when I was finished it was covered with all sorts of different ink colors...I decided to snip off a few branches and add them to my card. A sentiment from a new set concepted by Melissa is the perfect finishing touch.


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Supplies not linked, but available on August 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Brushed Off stamp set, Branching Out die, Choose Joy stamp set

My next card is way outside of my usual color choices, but hey...gotta mix it up a little, right?  It's one of those cards that is much prettier in real life...very shimmery.  I started with a panel of Smokey Shadow cardstock and layered some different metallic pigment powders.  I started with the largest brushstroke image, stamped it with versamark and brushed it with gold powder, then stamped again with versamark and brushed copper powder.  I repeated a third time using a green powder.  I used Luminarte Mica powder that I've had in my drawer forever - I don't think they even make it any more, but Perfect Pearls would be a similar product, I believe.  


 The leaves were made using the new Leaf Silhouettes die being released this month.  I diecut them from some Copper Shimmer cardtsock and pieces them together with some Leaf Shimmer, Luxe Gold, and Gold Adhesive paper.  The sentiment is a Wet Paint diecut, cut from Leaf Shimmer cardsock and embossed with a bit of gold powder along the bottom.


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Supplies not linked, but available on August 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Brushed Off stamp set, Leaf Silhouettes die collection

Before I go, I have one more Quilted: Autumn card.  I chose a little bit different color combo for this one -- Canyon Clay, Terracotta Tile, Aqua Mist, Tropical Teal, and Ocean Tides.  I diecut, stamped, and assembled the quilt block, adhering it to a square scrap of cardstock.  Once it was all assembled, I cut it in half across the diagonal.  I spread the halves out a little bit and layered a strip of Rustic White cardstock over the top, stamped with a sentiment and some leaves from the Quilted: Autumn set.


In each corner around the quilt block I stamped a leaf and some berries from the set.  I'm kind of liking the warm, rich color combo.


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Supplies not linked, but available on August 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Quilted: Autumn stamp set and coordinating die

To see what lovely autumn projects the other girls created with the new Brushed Off and the new autumn dies, be sure to hop around to their blogs...

Danielle Flanders
Laurie Willison
Dawn McVey
Amy Sheffer
Heather Nichols
Melissa Phillilps
Nichole Heady
Ashley Cannon Newell 
Lizzie Jones