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Introducing Cover Plate: Sunflower, Tucked In: Sympathy, and Phrases & Praises...

Hello all!  It's time to kick off the November Papertrey Ink countdown...yeah!  Where does time go??  

I get to help introduce a bunch of new stuff today...

A new Cover Plate die called Cover Plate: Sunflower (and it's gorgeous!)...

The next in the Tucked In series -- Tucked In: Sympathy, perfect for heartfelt sympathy cards...

And a new sentiment set from me called Phrases & Praises, which is filled with some of my favorite Bible verses, inspirational quotes and phrases. It's going to be fun one to pair with some of your favorite image sets, use for Bible journaling, bookmarks, etc.  

Oh, and there's a new color again this month called Stormy's a gorgeous blue gray that reminds me of a muted, slightly grayed version of Ocean Tides.  It's really pretty and I've used it on several of my projects today.

All of these new products I'm showcasing today will be available for purchase from the Papertrey Ink website beginning at 10pm EST on November 15th. 

Projects!  Let's go!  

First up is a cheery, colorful birthday card using the new Cover Plate: Sunflower die.  I had a lot of fun with this one, experimenting with lots of coloring techniques!  I started off by diecutting the Cover Plate from Stamper's Select White cardstock, which I then colored with Copics.  


For the background behind the sunflower, I used a few different techniques.  First of all, I layered the sunflower diecut over my background and used a pencil to lightly trace the outer edge of the sunflower and the leaves.  I used this as a guide to sponge some ink behind the sunflower and the leaves using Vintage Jadeite and Summer Sunrise inks and my blending tool.  Then for the areas in the background, I wanted a little more color and definition, so I used some Soft Pastel Pencils to color just around the edges, then used a sponge tip to kind of blend towards the center of each open area.  How many coloring techniques can you squeeze into a single card?  lol.  The sentiment is from a new Keep It Simple set coming your way this month -- Keep It Simple: Birthday II and it was stamped on the stitched banner from the Tag Sale: Quilted die which was released last month.


Supplies not linked, but available on November 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Keep It Simple: Birthday II stamp set, Cover Plate: Sunflower die


Next is a much more muted, subtle take on the Cover Plate: Sunflower die.  I cut it from Stamper's Select White cardstock and just left it white and layered it over a Soft Stone card base.  Then I diecut the two rectangle layers using the Botanical Blocks dies, and stamped the sunflower image using the Botanical Blocks stamp set - the sunflower coordinates perfectly with the Cover that!


Over the sunflower image I stamped the "He restores my soul" sentiment, which is from my new Phrases & Praises set, using the new Stormy Sea ink.  


The inside of the card was finished off by once again stamping the Botanical Blocks sunflower image.  Over that I stamped one of the sentiments from the new Tucked In: Sympathy set using Stormy Sea ink.  Such a perfect sentiment for this type of difficult card making situation.  Along the bottom I added a strip of striped paper from the new Stormy Sea + White Basics paper collection.



Supplies not linked, but available on November 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Tucked In: Sympathy stamp set, Phrases & Praises stamp set, Cover Plate: Sunflower die, Stormy Sea ink, Stormy Sea + White Basics paper

My next card uses the Cover Plate: Sunflower die in a little bit different way.  This time instead of using it as a whole panel, I diecut just the flower portion twice and trimmed it away from the rest of the diecut.  


I sponged some Summer Sunrise and Aqua Mist inks over the background, positioning the colors where I knew I wanted the diecut flowers to be placed.  The sentiment I used it the other one included in the Tucked In: Sympathy set, stamped in Stormy Sea ink.



Supplies not linked, but available on November 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Tucked In: Sympathy stamp set, Cover Plate: Sunflower die, Stormy Sea ink

Next I have a few more cards that use my new Phrases & Praises set.  I think my favorite sentiment from the set is this "Cast your cares..." anchor sentiment, and I thought it would be fun to create a couple of nautical themed cards using it.  For this first one, I paired it with Nichole's gorgeous Guiding Lights set.


The sentiment is a two-step image so that you can add the "all your cares upon" portion in another color if you want.  For the background, I sponged some Aqua Mist ink onto a panel of linen cardstock, the layered the Cover Plate: Waves die over the top (I had to trim away a couple of the wave lines to give myself a little more room for the sentiment), which was cut from Stormy Sea cardstock.  I diecut the lighthouse and stamped that with the coordinating images.  A few seagulls were added using Stormy Sea ink and the Guiding Lights set.



Supplies not linked, but available on November 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Phrases & Praises stamp set, Stormy Sea cardstock and ink

Next is another card using that same sentiment, but a little simpler version.  I stamped the sentiment onto a Center Style: Masculine diecut using True Black and Stormy Sea inks.  I then adhered this to a panel of that bold diagonal stripe paper from the Pure Poppy + White Basics paper collection.


I took some cotton twine and looped it through and around the cut-outs in the Center Style: Masculine diecut, then stamped the anchor again and trimmed it by hand to add to the end of the twine.  I also added a few wooden stars from the Holiday Folk mini kit.  I think it's a perfect masculine card for someone who might be struggling.



Supplies not linked, but available on November 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Phrases & Praises stamp set, Stormy Sea cardstock and ink

Next up I have a set of simple photo cards.  I chose some favorite vacation scenery photos, and printed some 4x6's of them in black and white. Then I used the "let go and let God" sentiment from the Phrases & Praises set and stamped it using white Staz On ink.


I think it's just a fun and easy way to create a card set with a more masculine look.  They would be easy to mass produce, yet I love the personal touch of using my own photos. You could definitely do color photos, too. 


I left the 4" width of the photos and trimmed the 6" side to around 5 1/4" so that I could adhere them to a standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base.  I used Rustic White cardstock for the base.



Supplies not linked, but available on November 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Phrases & Praises stamp set

I'll be sharing lots more projects using the new Phrases & Praises set throughout the week, but if you'd like to see more right now, you can visit Nichole and Dawn.